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Al Qaeda and Due Process

Posted by on Aug 7, 2009 in Al Qaeda, Due Process, Justice, War on Terror | 0 comments

There has been much debate over how the suspected Al Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be treated. Indeed, there has been debate over the nature and extent to which they should be accorded due process rights, and given their day in court. With all the sanitization that takes place in our various forms of media, the human element to our collective action becomes lost. We forget the impact of the actions that create the news we see; and the impact on those who are living it.

I agree with the proposition that if the United States advocates the development of American style democracy and law abroad, we must preserve and protect it here as well. I agree that the detainees at Guantanamo likely deserve the benefit of a justice system. Whether the applicable justice system should be our federal or military courts, I will leave to the experts.
But in our generosity to extend U.S. due process rights to those we have detained, let us not forget we are still at War. Al Qaeda certainly has not forgotten, and they treat their prisoners accordingly. I attach a link to a disturbing story out of Iraq, where Al Qaeda operatives tortured a 6 year old boy to exert pressure on his father, a policeman.
If any of you feel that the U.S. has been unjust in defending against a war it did not begin, remember the little boy Khidir. And think about how our ultimate victory in the War on Terror will help protect him, as well as the rest of us from those who believe due process and justice are merely a tool to mock the United States.

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Winning the War on Terror With the CIA

Posted by on Apr 28, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, Democrats, Interrogation, President Obama, War on Terror | 0 comments

Why are the Democrats (and some Republicans) creating a straw man over the CIA interrogation methods?  Is it because they believe that captured suspected terrorists or terrorist sympathizers deserve treatment in accord with the Geneva Conventions?  That does not seem to be the case.  The reason, I submit, is because they want to deflect attention away from President Obama learning his foreign policy on-the-job.  
Has President Obama’s policy of engagement brought Iran or North Korea to the negotiating table to stop their nuclear programs?  No.  Has he been able to get the Russians to tone down their nationalistic sabre rattling over the issue of former Soviet satellites entering NATO?  No; instead he allowed the Russians to pin nuclear warhead reduction talks to a dismantling of the U.S. European missile shield.  
But don’t worry about those issues.  Instead, concentrate on the perceived sins of the past committed by those working on the intelligence fronts in the War on Terror.  Let’s judge the methods used in the successful effort to stop attacks against America from the safe armchair of hindsight.  

Entertaining the straw man created by the left leads to an unavoidable problem.  The problem is that the Democrats knew of the CIA interrogation methods well before such knowledge was politically convenient.  So the straw man could be knocked down in both directions, harming those who created it, as well as those who simply worked to win the War on Terror.  

The Wall Street Journal had a great Op-Ed piece regarding the political amnesia issue.  Check it out.
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Lost in the Trees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, DOJ, Obama, War on Terror, William Kristol | 0 comments

I am puzzled by the Obama administration’s somewhat schizophrenic approach to foreign policy.  In Europe the President apologized profusely for what he deemed to be sins of the past.  However, here in America, Obama’s Justice Department is seeking to reinforce the Government’s ability to wiretap those deemed dangerous.  Now we have the Administration’s Director of National Intelligence telling us we are now safe in a sunny April, 2009.

I attach a link to the brief filed by the Department of Justice regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to allow you to draw your own conclusion regarding the wire tap authority.
William Kristol wrote a great article on these issues:
Please Mr. President, find a path through the woods of foreign policy that provide a clear and consistent path for America to take.  Inconsistent approaches and acknowledgements of the War on Terror do not serve our best interests to keep America safe and WIN the War on Terror.
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Ron Silver, R.I.P.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in 9/11, Afghanistan, conservative, Hollywood, hypocrisy, intolerance, Iraq, Ron Silver, War on Terror | 0 comments

I was sorry to learn that Ron Silver passed away on Sunday.  Although I cannot claim to be a fan of “The West Wing”, I am a fan of people that stand for principle.  Ron Silver stood up for his principles in the face of ostracism and even challenges to his livelihood.

Before 9/11, Ron was a longtime Democrat.  After 9/11, he saw the light and supported President Bush and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Because of his outspoken views on the need to carry on the War against Terror, he was pushed aside for available work by the various studios in Hollywood.  I thought Hollywood was the bastion of acceptance, tolerance and open expression of views?  It seems that may be so, but only if a particular individual agrees with and expresses views commonly shared by the powers that be in Hollywood.
It is always amazing to me to witness the hypocrisy and  intolerance expressed by those in Hollywood who seek to suppress conservative views.  When they suppress conservative viewpoints, they do so in the name of political correctness, which is really a forced or imposed method of group think.  Kudos to those in the entertainment industry that refuse to compromise their principles for the shallow victory of materialistic success.
Rest in peace, Ron Silver.
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