A few weeks ago I read a column by Charles Krauthammer that made me think he’d gone off his meds. He was rambling about how the Copenhagen talks proved that environmentalism is the new socialism, and that together they are the new religion of The Left. For a complete rundown of how wacked out that column was, go read The Daily Howler’s post about it.
You’d think I’d learn my lesson and not waste any more time reading the rantings of a madman, but I am a glutton for punishment so I read his Friday column. My jaw dropped in disbelief after the first two paragraphs.
On Wednesday, Nigerian would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was indicted by a Michigan grand jury for attempted murder and sundry other criminal charges. The previous day, the State Department announced that his visa had been revoked. The system worked.
Well, it did for Abdulmutallab. What he lost in flying privileges he gained in Miranda rights. He was singing quite freely when seized after trying to bring down Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit. But the Obama administration decided to give him a lawyer and the right to remain silent. We are now forced to purchase information from this attempted terrorist in the coin of leniency. Absurdly, Abdulmutallab is now in control.
In control? In control of what?
How far into his rectum does Dr. Krauthammer have to inset his fist to dig out this shit?
Abdulmutallab was indicted on six charges, including Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction that, upon conviction, will land him in prison for the rest of his life. Koo Koo Krauthammer seems to think he’ll get off. That’s how much faith he has in our judicial system that has worked well for us for more than 230 years: the same system that was used to put the shoebomber Richard Reid away for life after attempting to commit the same crime eight years earlier.
I have no doubt that Abdulmutallab will be convicted based on the evidence and eyewitness accounts and spend the rest of his life in prison. It’s pretty much a done deal.
But that’s not good enough for Krauthammer. The doctor thinks Abdulmutallab should have been placed in a military prison (read “Guantanamo”) where he could be interrogated (read “tortured”).
Contrary to Krauthammer, I think it is far better to convict criminals in courts of law and sentence them for their crimes instead of denying them due process, like what happens at Guantanamo, and then end up letting them go because their confessions are tainted.
Not to mention the nearly impossible-to-remove stain that such severe treatment leaves on the good name of the United States of America: “land of the free, home of the brave.”
As much as Krauthammer wants you to think he believes in American ideals, he does not.