‘We Don’t Learn From Our Mistakes.’

By Robert Wallace
America’s Right

In late 2000 Louis Pepe was a guard in the same New York facility where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will likely be housed during his trial. One of the prisoners was an alleged top aide to Osama bin Laden: Mamdouh Mahmud Salim. On November 1st, 2000 Salim and his cell mate attacked Pepe. As reported by Fox News:

The two had been granted permission by a federal judge to purchase hot sauce, says Pepe’s sister, which they then stored in a honey jar and used to create a blinding mace. Teaming up against Pepe, they beat and blinded him, covering the floor in his spattered blood. They then tried to rape him as he waited an entire hour for fellow guards to come to his aid, his sister said.

“They wanted to discredit the badge and what he stood for,” Eileen Trotta told FoxNews.com. “After they plunged him in the eye with that makeshift knife, they did the sign of the cross on his chest.”

As a result of his injuries, Pepe was blinded. He is also paralyzed on the right side of body and still has difficulties speaking.

The message from everyone to Obama’s administration to Bloomberg’s office to the federal Bureau of Prisons seems to be “don’t worry, we won’t let that happen again!” Similarly, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons said: “That was an extraordinarily brutal attack and I don’t believe they’ve experienced anything like that since then.”

Really? Nothing like that since then? That’s is supposed to make me feel better?

If terrorists used the same tactics again and again, they wouldn’t be very dangerous. I highly doubt that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s Plan A is going to involve collecting hot sauce, just as failing to blow up World Trade Tower North in 1993 with a truck bomb didn’t lead to a repeat of the same strategy in 2001.

Terrorists are dangerous because they innovate, and the fact that the Bureau of Prisons is talking about the last attack on a guard makes me wonder about their capacity to protect against the next attack on a guard; an attack that will certainly use different tactics.

You could see this as an argument against bringing KSM to New York City for a civilian trial, but I see something bigger. As Pepe’s sister put it:

We’re such a lax country — we don’t learn from our mistakes. We have to protect our own, and at this point we’re not doing it.



  1. Anonymous says:

    totally sickening how bloomberg backs and i feel he is only doing so for the sake of "the party." this is getting so insulting to americans and otherwise professional democrats are beginning to look literally stupid for lack of a better word when they align themselves with whatever obama's agenda is.

  2. Anonymous says:

    its always been obama's agenda to sympathize with enemies of america.

    how does he square going AGAINST the wishes of the majority of families of 9-11 victims? just to satisfy his selfish needs and whatever his agenda is. this man continues to astonish me.

    OBAMA'S FIRST DAY IN OFFICE WAS DEDICATED TO GITMOS as his first act. not to the Americans and the economy. couple that with the insult he attempted to make VETS pay their own healthcare?

    and why are these GITMOS being placed all around us in the U.S.? just what are is obama really up to?

    we have terrorists lurking right off the coast of the U.S. on Bermuda and in obama's former part of the world in Paulo not to mention the straglers in various places right here in the U.S.

    i hope many people sit up and take note of what their vote really means and use it more wisely in the future…. obama came to public notice without a single impressive gain unless you call a speech he prepared for for two months at the 2004 convention. this is so ridiculous it diminishes the esteem of our way of life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    u kno what is so very disappointing? WE KNEW THIS GUY'S RECORD. we knew his friends. we knew he supported someone who is trying to bring Shariah Law to Kenya… the signs were dripping off him, and still the sheep just blindly followed.

    at a time when our military needed attention we had a known patriot in mcCain despite anything else one might not like about mcCain, but when it came down to the choice of McCain and Obama – - just HOW did america let this happen? thru ACORN, and SORROS?

    at a time when we face all these financial challenges we had a vice-president with a proven track record for taking a bad economy to a great economy so how did we end up with JOE BIDEN????

  4. Anonymous says:

    with our $$ situation in the toilet we add this giantic expense for no reason whatsoever?

    anyone given any thought to the amount of people working in high rises who will find a reason to call in sick for fear of being blown up? Not to mention the ones who are already looking to other states to move to.

  5. Gail B says:

    Since Obama-Soetoro is so sure of himself, what would be wrong with letting him work a guard's shift, instead of endangering the prison guard?

  6. Anonymous says:

    who's standing up for Pepe?
    who's standing up for 9-11 victims?
    who is making Ft.Hood personnel a bigger deal that protecting a terrorist?

    from Wm. ayers who blew up the pentagon
    to Khalid Kashidi who was a PLO member

    to VAN JONES a self proclaimed marxist

    to ANITA DUNN who praises Mao Tse Tung and drops Mother Teresa's name as a side bar to reel in impressive minds and re-direct them to Mao, obama has been a total disgrace.

    he is an INSULT TO AMERICA!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    who stands for Pepe?
    not your president thats for sure.

    he's too busy fulfilling his promise to "STAND WITH THE MUSLIMS."

  8. Anonymous says:

    no need to post this, just thought you should catch (if you haven't already read) the bradley blakeman opinion pieces at fox news today "why does obama keep bowing" and "why can't obama make a decision"

  9. Robert Wallace says:

    Sorry, guys, there's nothing to see here. This is not a report prepared by Obama transition teams. This is a report prepared by an independent 3rd party think tank with (as far as I know) no connections to Obama whatsoever.

    What's more, Hasan isn't part of the think tank's steering committee. He's not party of the "Task Force". Nor is he part of the Task Force Staff. He is not mentioned at a single point anywhere in the body of the document. He wasn't even a briefing participant.

    Nope, he's not anywhere at all until after Appendix A and B. Then, in Appendix C, he is listed in the "Task Force Event Participants". At about 14 people per page for 10 or 11 pages we're talking over 150 people. That's not a list of people involved in the preparation of this document. That's a list of everyone who attended their event.

    The fact that Hasan showed up is nothing more than a coincidence.

    Sorry to be the one to say it. I thought at first "Ah ha! This is why Obama didn't want people to look into Hasan!" Well, there may be a skeleton in someone's closet, but this ain't it.

  10. Robert Wallace says:

    Oops. Forgot there were 2 columns. Looks like there were more like 200 – 300 participants in the event. Hasan was just one in the crowd.

    If there's dirt to be dug up I'm not seeing it yet.

  11. Anonymous says:

    this is off-topic but it is hilarious – about obama's home teleprompter… i got it from breitbart.com .. here it is:


  12. Anonymous says:

    heavenly stars!
    i just got this off of breitbart:

    Major Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter was on Obama’s Homeland Security Transition Team! He is on page 29 in 0bama’s report PDF (page 32 including the cover pages). http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/old/PTTF_ProceedingsReport_05.19.09.pdf ………….

    "Does this explain why nothing was done after his red flag behavior?"

  13. Anonymous says:

    is there more to obama's trips abroad thatn meets the eye?

    something is not right here:::::

    yet anothter proven affinity for terrorists?

    first it was
    VAN JONES who proclaims himself marxist.
    obama's efforts to help out GITMOs and bring them to american shore which will surely expose, publish important data to other terrorists.

    has the oval office been compromised?
    who is this man in the oval office?
    and why are all his hand-picked czars followers of Mao?

  14. Anonymous says:

    so FT. HOOD SHOOTER is listed on obama's homeland transition team?

    no wonder anita dunn had to scurry off to other things…. i'll just bet she's running interference and trying to clean up the papertrail.

  15. Anonymous says:

    another thing: why this sudden haste to announce gitmos to nyc?

    to take the focus off the fact that nidal hasan was on obama's security transition team?

  16. Gail B says:

    Robert, absolutely everybody is talking about this!

    Michael Opitz, president of my political forum, sent us an email pointing out that police arrest, while soldiers capture.

    Judge Napolitano was on Fox last night with Bill O'Reilly to discuss this matter. A clip of Charles Krauthammer was shown, giving an opposing opinion.

    The question in everyone's mind is, was 9/11 a criminal act or an act of war?

    My question is, if this was a criminal act against the people of the United States, why wasn't KSM held in a jail on the mainland, rather than at Gitmo?

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