Cynical Synapse

Thu, 18 Feb 2010

Epic Fail: “Terrorists are So Dehumanized”

Filed under: Behavior, Duh, Flying, Global War on Terror, Government, Legal, Life, National security, People, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 1:27 pm

US Attorney General Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Federal Bar Association luncheon in Detroit February 17th. I wonder if he realized Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was only 45 minutes away in Milan Federal Prison, awaiting trial for his attempt to blow up Northwest flight 253. Holder avoided the topic of terrorism and trying terrorists in civil courts. Here’s as close as he came:

We face new legal challenges, new missions, and new threats to our nation’s safety. In the face of these challenges, we have, I believe, an opportunity—an obligation—to choose collaboration and civic engagement over cynicism and over criticism.

WTF? Can’t we all just get along syndrome. Holder decided to let the Christmas Day Undie-bomber lawyer up so he can be tried in civil court. So now everyone is calling him an alleged bomber or a suspected terrorist. Ask anyone on the plane; I’ll bet they were terified. Under immense criticism for this, Holder wrote to Congress that the FBI informed its “relevant partners in the Intelligence Community” on Dec. 25th that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab would be charged criminally. He also said “no agency objected to this course of action.” So why, then, does it turn out none of the intelligence chiefs were consulted about extending Miranda rights to an enemy combatant?

Jay Howard

Maybe it’s because the man who sat next to Abdulmutallab thinks he’s a nice guy. You can’t make this stuff up! In an interview, National Public Radio’s Michelle Norris asked college student Jay Howard, 22, of Grand Rapids MI, why he kept referring to Abdulmutallab by his first name. Howard answered, “I only call him that because I mean, I don’t want to call him a terrorist because he hasn’t been treated as a terrorist and it wasn’t a national threat, and so using Umar seems to be more human.” Excuse me? The extremist tried to kill you and 289 other people. I’d take that rather personally, myself.

In his interview, Howard described what happened when Abdulmutallab tried to murder the people on Northwest flight 253.

Well, there was a large pop – like, almost everyone on the plane, I’m sure, I heard it. So, I was very curious to what had happened because it sounded very close to me. So, I was looking around and I noticed that my neighbor, Umar, had his blanket up over him, up to his chin and but I saw that there was smoke coming from underneath his blanket. And I also noticed a repulsive smell. And so I kind of questioned him, and I asked him about the smoke but he didn’t respond. And so, I removed his blanket from him and smoke dispersed throughout the plane.

And he had his hand down his pants. So, when he removed his hands from his pants, fire erupted. And he and another passenger, who had come over from a couple of rows away, tried to put it out together.

Way to go, Jay. Why didn’t you use the blanket you took from Umar to put out the fire? Instead, you sat there and the Flying Dutchman Jasper Schuringa put the fire out with his hands! Good job! Not!

Jihadist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

In an interview for his college newspaper, Chimes, Howard said “terrorists are so dehumanized.” Are you kidding me? Howard understands Abdulmutallab is a radical jihadist, but he’s ok with that. Here’s the full quote; emphasis is mine:

[Abdulmutallab]’s 23, like our age, trying to blow up a plane. … He had extremist views and he wanted to kill us all, but he didn’t seem like that bad of a guy. That’s a weird thing to say, but I’ve kind of thought about this; these so-called terrorists are so dehumanized, but my interaction with this kid was that he was an ordinary guy, just a human being.

Just an ordinary guy who wanted you dead. We call those enemy combatants; they’re extremist militants who will stop at nothing to destroy our way of life. Mr. Howard, you can talk about this only because you were lucky or the jihadists were extremely inept. If your friend Umar had succeeded, NPR would be interviewing your parents.

I’ve previously blasted Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who said the system worked. What an idiotic thing for someone in her senior level of government to say. She should have been fired! But there’s another troubling aspect to Abdulmutallab’s case. After Holder let him lawyer up and lied about consulting other agencies, he withstood severe criticism from Congress and ordinary people. He, too, should have been fired. What’s worse, though, is now someone in the administration is leaking Abdulmutallab is talking again. I’m sure those leaks are intended to make us all feel better, that terrorists will give us information, depite advice of legal counsel, probably just because we’re all around good guys. As I see it, though, this is just lies or someone is telegraphing what we know by giving sensitive intelligence to the media. Here’s the surprise, folks. We are waging a war with a cunning, thinking enemy. It’s just plain stupid to think Abdulmutallab’s jihadist friends are going to sit tight waiting for the authorities to come scoop them up after reading about him talking on the front page of whatever rag they read.


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