Saturday, January 9, 2010

On the Very Serious Pages of the Wall Street Journal

On the Very Serious pages of the Wall Street Journal; (6 Jan 2010) can be found the following Very Serious words (excerpt, read the whole thing if you want to be even more disgusted):

The failed terrorist attack aboard Northwest Flight 253 is proving to be highly educational, not least about the Obama Administration and its pre-September 11 antiterror worldview. Yesterday, the White House reversed itself on repatriating Guantanamo detainees to chaotic Yemen, a step in the right direction. Now if it would only revisit its Ramzi Yousef standard for interrogating captured terrorists like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

Ramzi Yousef, you may recall, was the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 who is now serving a life sentence in a supermax prison in Colorado. The Obama Administration likes to cite his arrest, conviction and imprisonment as a model for its faith that the criminal justice system is the best way to handle terrorist detainees.

The lesson of these cases, like that of Ramzi Yousef, is not that the criminal justice system can sometimes convict terrorists. It is that criminal prosecution is far less vital to U.S. security than is conducting the interrogations that can yield information that saves innocent lives.

So we have the WSJ, aguably the most influential financial newspaper in the US, if not the world, advising the Obama administration that they’d better not be such wussies and start themselves some torture, like right now!  Maybe they'd better stick to advising the banksters and the other financial masters of the universe...but we all know how that turned out, don't we?

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