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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Krauthammer on Obama's soft terror policies

Charles Krauthammer rips the Obumbler administration for its handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallib (pictured) and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad.
Of course, this case is just a reflection of a larger problem: an administration that insists on treating Islamist terrorism as a law-enforcement issue. Which is why the Justice Department’s other egregious terror decision, granting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed a civilian trial in New York, is now the subject of a letter from six senators — three Republicans, two Democrats, and Joe Lieberman — asking Attorney General Eric Holder to reverse the decision.

Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins had written an earlier letter asking for Abdulmutallab to be turned over to the military for renewed interrogation. The problem is, it’s hard to see how that decision gets reversed. Once you’ve read a man Miranda rights, what do you say? We are idiots? On second thought . . .

Hence the agitation over the KSM trial. This one can be reversed and it’s a good surrogate for this administration’s insistence upon criminalizing — and therefore trivializing — a war on terror that has now struck three times in one year within the United States, twice with effect (the Arkansas killer and the Fort Hood shooter) and once with a shockingly near miss (Abdulmutallab).

On the KSM civilian trial, sentiment is widespread that it is quite insane to spend $200 million a year to give the killer of 3,000 innocents the largest propaganda platform on earth, while at the same time granting civilian rights of cross-examination and discovery that risk betraying U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

Accordingly, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Frank Wolf have gone beyond appeals to the administration and are planning to introduce a bill to block funding for the trial. It’s an important measure. It makes flesh an otherwise abstract issue — should terrorists be treated as enemy combatants or criminal defendants? The vote will force members of Congress to declare themselves. There will be no hiding from the question.
Here's betting that measure passes. Obama is already looking to move the trial out of New York and my guess is that every representative who feels at all insecure in his or her district is going to vote in favor of that measure.

How much will security cost outside New York? What could go wrong?

Read the whole thing.


At 6:17 AM, Blogger Geoffrey Carman said...

I heard on a report that they would consider hosting on a military base that already had the needed security.

Hmm, I think there is an excellent choice on an island, south of the US. Muba? Duba? I forget its name, but it rhymes with Buba.


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