Late-breaking news: Attorney general Eric Holder, quote: ‘I made the decision to charge the’ Fruit of Kaboom Bomber. No. You know, this administration is calling him ‘the Christmas Day Bomber.’ Now, this is a bunch of people who don’t like Christmas. It’s ‘happy holidays.’ Notice they’re not calling him ‘the happy holiday bomber.’ They’re calling him ‘the Christmas Day terrorist suspect,’ and Holder now says, ‘It was my decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civil court. It was my decision to do that,’ which he couldn’t have done. I mean, he can’t. That’s Obama. Now he says he made the decision because everybody has wanted to know — Jeff Sessions, everybody in the Senate committee — who made this decision? Was it made by the FBI? Was it made by the Justice Department? Who made this decision to Mirandize this guy?
Holder said, ‘I did it.’ He’s taking the fall here for a lot of botched up stuff. By the way, I think I finally figured out what Obama is doing here by sending that dolt press secretary Gibbs out there to say, ‘Don’t worry about it. The guy’s guilty. He is going to be frying. He’s going to be convicted and executed,’ and Obama saying the same thing. They’re purposefully polluting the jury pool so that they have no choice but than to take this back to a military tribunal. That’s what they’re doing. So it looks like… They desperately wanted to stick with the civil trial but there’s been such an uproar from so many quarters about this that what they’re doing is, rather than saying, ‘Okay, okay. We’re going to move it,’ they’re making it impossible not to move it with their idiotic comments. Because if they did proceed with the civil trial on this, the lawyer for the terrorists could get this case thrown out like (snaps fingers), and if it didn’t get thrown out, it’s certainly grounds for an appeal.
Now, here’s Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com: ‘What Exactly Did Bush and Cheney Do Wrong? — As I noted several days ago, it is not only Republicans — but Democratic and media establishment figures as well — who clearly crave the preservation of the Bush/Cheney approach to Terrorism and civil liberties. When Bush’s popularity collapsed to historic lows, political and media elites pretended for awhile to object to his administration’s fear-based and radical policies as extremist and an assault on ‘our values.’ But that was all just such a transparent pretense. In those few instances where Obama has rejected the Bush/Cheney template, the outrage and hysteria from Democratic and media voices is pervasive, and is growing louder. Just look at these illustrative incidents.
‘Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell went on Fred Thompson’s radio show yesterday to demand that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be put before a military commission — at Guantanamo. Over the weekend, Time’s Joe Klein lambasted the Obama DOJ, and embraced Bush’s former CIA and NSA Chief Michael Hayden, by objecting to the criminal charges and Constitutional rights afforded the accused Christmas Day bomber, with Klein decreeing: ‘the bomber is an enemy combatant. He doesn’t have Miranda rights.’ MSNBC personalities Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie chatted yesterday with their boss, MSNBC Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, all agreeing that the decision to grant civilian trials for ‘Terrorists’ is ‘a pure, self-inflicted wound.’
‘When Najibullah Zazi was arrested for allegedly plotting a serious terrorist attack, the New Republic’s Michael Crowley said he was so frightened by this that he was open to torturing Zazi. Democratic Senators are threatening to join the GOP in cutting off funds for civilian trials. Democratic members of Congress joined with the GOP to prevent even modest reforms of the Patriot Act and other surveillance abuses.’ You get the picture here? This guy Greenwald is saying (summarizing), ‘You guys are a bunch of hypocrites. You are sitting around doing the same thing Bush and Cheney did, and for all those years Bush and Cheney were doing it you’re ripping them to shreds. So what exactly did they do wrong?’
See, because these ‘retards’ on the left — as Rahm Emanuel calls them. These ‘retards’ on the left do think that Bush was over the top, that his policies were fear based and radical and that he destroyed US values and made us hated all over the world, that Guantanamo Bay was a terrorist recruitment area — and now all the people they vote for are openly suggesting that we continue Bush-Cheney policies! There are even stories out there from the State-Controlled Media saying, ‘You know, it’s something you learn when you get into power that you can’t really know what you’re dealing with with this kind of issue, terrorism, from the outside. You only know about it from the inside. People are now beginning to realize that Bush and Cheney actually had some pretty good procedures in place here, some pretty good policies.’
So it’s kind of laughable, if you read the whole thing — and I’m not gonna read this whole thing. It prints out to three pages. But [Sweetness-Light.com] ‘9/11 turned Mr. Greenwald into a ‘patriot,’ who naturally began to worry that the people trying to destroy our country were not being given all the rights and privileges of American citizens.’ He thought that was ‘real patriotism,’ and so we were doing it. We were going to grant civilian trial with constitutional rights to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his boys and then the Happy Holidays Bomber. Now he’s upset that the Democrats have gone soft. This is hilarious. ‘[I]t’s fun to see a baying at the moon liberal point out that his media colleagues and fellow Democrats excoriated Bush and Cheney for the exact same things they are now insisting we do.’ It is delicious, I have to say.
By the way, there was also a little-referenced item a couple days ago that the Obama Justice Department cleared the two lawyers who approved that interrogation memo that included waterboarding. They cleared ’em. (laughing) This did not sit well with the ‘retards’ in the kook Democrat base out there. A little Rahm Emanuel lingo there. Then yesterday in ‘Washington — America’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high priority to attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months. The assessment by Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, was much starker than his view last year, when he emphasized the considerable progress in the campaign to debilitate Al Qaeda and said that the global economic meltdown, rather than the prospect of a major terrorist attack, was the ‘primary near-term security concern of the United States.”
Don’t forget, Obama’s now got the CIA looking at potential problems caused by global warming. He shut down NASA’s manned space missions and turned NASA into, basically, a global warming agency.
‘At Tuesday’s hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, asked Mr. Blair to assess the possibility of an attempted attack in the United States in the next three to six months. He replied, ‘The priority is certain, I would say’ — a response that was reaffirmed by the top officials of the CIA and the FBI … ‘The biggest threat is not so much that we face an attack like 9/11,’ said Leon E. Panetta, the CIA director. ‘It is that Al Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways that oftentimes make it difficult to detect.” They’re in the country, we think they’re here, and they’re plotting events from inside. Yet the New York Times, you remember, assured us back in September: The US faces no real risk of terrorism attacks. It was by Scott Shane: ‘Rethinking Our Terrorist Fears — Eight years after 9/11, the specter of terrorism still haunts the United States. …
‘But important as they were, those news reports masked a surprising and perhaps heartening long-term trend: Many students of terrorism believe that in important ways, Al Qaeda and its ideology of global jihad are in a pronounced decline — with its central leadership thrown off balance as operatives are increasingly picked off by missiles and manhunts and, more important, with its tactics discredited in public opinion across the Muslim world,’ blah, blah, blah, blah. So yesterday the Senate said, ‘Yep, there’s a pretty good chance they’re going to be hit this summer in three to six months.’ Last September, New York Times: ‘Rethinking Our Terrorist Fears.’ We don’t face any real risk. Anybody who thinks so is a fearmonger — and, of course, the campaign was already over. This was to give Obama credit for dealing with it even though he hadn’t captured Bin Laden. Anyway, my guess is — in the final analysis, my good friends — there probably isn’t all that much that’s really new in yesterday’s warnings except that when we got such reports during the Bush administration we were told by the media that Bush ‘was using unfounded threats to scare and distract us from his horrible policies.’ Now under Obama, our media no longer calls these warnings a ‘distraction.’ In fact, our media says, ‘Oooh, serious stuff going on out there! We have to be vigilant. Obama wouldn’t be trying to distract us from failed policies, would he now? No, no, no!’ That only is the template when you have Republicans in the White House.