According to the Washington Post, criminal proceedings are under way with regard to the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian-born Muslim terrorist who attempted to bring down a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day with a defective bomb concealed in his underpants. Even better, the Obama administration is defending the decision to pursue this as a criminal matter rather than through military proceedings as part of an ongoing war against radical Islam.
Okay, so here’s a radical Islamic jihadist who was caught in the act of attacking innocent Americans. He admits that he’s part of a greater conspiracy. Even authorities in Yemen, where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received his training and testicular bomb, admit that there are roughly 300 Al-Qaeda terrorists just waiting for an order to strike the West. If there is anybody just screaming to be waterboarded, it’s this guy. Better yet, hook a Die Hard truck battery up to what’s left of his post-incendiary-device twig and berries, and then waterboard him.
But no. That would be torture. Never mind that Abdulmutallab likely knows critical information that could save American lives in the future. Never mind that he wanted to meet Allah and his virgins–and what, pray tell, would those hypothetical virgins see in a Nigerian boy who has a gaping hole where his wedding tackle used to be?–and bring nearly 300 people with him into the afterlife. We can’t give him the impression that he is drowning. We’re just going to have to put our trust in offering a lesser sentence to someone who only a week ago was prepared to kill himself for his cause. That’ll work.
For crying out loud, even the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser admits that Abdulmutallab was singing like a canary until the criminal case forced by this administration began to take shape and the true hilarity and pathetic nature of the situation began to become apparent to him.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with the failed attempt on the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight, was initially “talking to people who detained him” but now has a public defender and “doesn’t have to,” John O. Brennan said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We have different ways of obtaining information from individuals” in the criminal-justice process, Brennan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “A lot of people . . . understand what they’re facing, and their lawyers recognize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements, [and] we’re going to pursue that.” Brennan told CNN’s “State of the Union” that other terrorism suspects have “given us very valuable information as they’ve gone through the plea-agreement process.”
My head may explode. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was completely and totally prepared to kill himself and bring down an airplane with himself in it, all in the name of Allah. This was last week. Now, the amateurs in charge of protecting America and Americans believe that offering him a lighter sentence or a bigger prayer rug or maybe some aloe vera for his singed scrotum will be incentive enough for him to provide all of the quality, potentially life-saving information which could be gleaned from more appropriate means?
Please. All this does is cost time, and with every second that passes, more people like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are being groomed and prepared for their own missions to kill Americans. And who, pray tell, is going to stop them? Janet Napolitano?
It’s absolutely incredible. And, on this, I’m with Sens. Jim DeMint and Joe Lieberman:
“If we had treated this Christmas Day bomber as a terrorist, he would have immediately been interrogated military-style, rather than given the rights of an American and lawyers,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said on CNN. “We probably lost valuable information.”
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said it was a “very serious mistake” to send Abdulmutallab to federal court.
“He was trained, equipped and directed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” Lieberman said on ABC. “That was an act of war. He should be treated as a prisoner of war, held in a military brig, questioned now, and should have been ever since apprehended for intelligence that could help us stop the next attack or get people in Yemen.”
This president’s and this administration’s attitude toward ensuring the safety and security of the American people against the ever-present threat of radical Islam is going to manifest itself with the deaths of innocent Americans. It’s not about traveling the world and apologizing for America anymore. It’s not even about show trials in Manhattan and moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to Illinois anymore. By mishandling the aftermath of this foiled terrorist attack, President Barack Obama is directly placing Americans in harm’s way.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has an intimate knowledge of what’s going on in Yemen and what has been going on there in the past few weeks. The people who sent him on his suicide mission did not expect for him to survive, and those same people reportedly have hundreds more like Abdulmutallab ready, willing and able to test our porous national security measures — now is not the time to be politically correct.
The only “plea bargain” that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab should be receiving should be along the lines of answering his pleas with: “Okay, we’ll stop waterboarding you when you tell us what we need to know.”