Nov 10 2009
Politically Correct America has a fatal reluctance to look evil in the eye.
The general is eager to get the situation in hand, but he’s got his tactics backward. And not just the general. So have a lot of other people in the government. Judgment flees in the face of a challenge by goody-goody intentions. Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, says he’s worried about a backlash against Muslims by Americans who are worried, no, not worried, but wary, of prospective Islamic terrorists all around, including some embedded in the military.
The prospect of mistreatment of Muslims in uniform is such a concern the general has told his officers “to be on the lookout for it.” Yet almost as an afterthought he also says he wants the Army to investigate how Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan got to be a senior officer when he was such a known collaborator in radical Islamic causes.Diversity is good. Maybe not as good as the ability to shoot straight, though in the modern, politically correct Army, you never can tell. George Washington, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George S. Patton and even Dwight D. Eisenhower — pretty good soldiers all — never acted as if diversity is more important than the ability to kill bad guys and break things that ought to be broken. So far as we know, those worthies in the wars of yesteryear never tried to make allowances for troublemakers in uniform. A Nazi or a follower of Shinto in the ranks would have been booted out at once.Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, was off in Abu Dhabi, assuring the Abudabbies that she’s working to prevent a wave of suspicion and sentiment against Muslims. President Obama was eager to absolve Islam, even the radical version that is causing so much grief in the civilized world, of connivance in the massacre at Fort Hood.
What worries Americans is how political correctness trumps the judgment of so many of our leaders. ABC News reported Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Maj. Hasan was attempting to contact al Qaeda. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, requested a CIA briefing on what was known about Maj. Hasan, and was told no. Mr. Hoekstra on Saturday sent a “document-preservation request” to the directors of the Department of National Intelligence, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the CIA to prevent a rush to the shredders to destroy embarrassing evidence of malfeasance. WASHINGTON TIMES
Case in point, the politically correct left wing pantywaists’ biggest worry is, “Will there be a push to torture Major Hasan?
With Joe Lieberman’s premature call yesterday for Homeland Security Committee hearings on the motives of Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood shootings, it is clear that anti-Muslim hysteria is being fanned.
Had this horrible tragedy occurred while George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were still in office, I have no doubt that Cheney would have pushed very hard for Bush to declare Hasan an illegal enemy combatant so that he could be held without charges and subjected to torture. (And this would be a bad thing because why?)
The outcome of such a course of action would be catastrophic. The use of torture would destroy the chances of understanding whether Hasan truly had terrorist motivations or came to carry out the shootings through mental instability induced by many years of counseling military personnel struggling with PTSD. Further, torturing Hasan would serve as a catalyzing event to radicalize many new “home-grown terrorists” as well as new terrorists abroad who would see Hasan’s torture as yet another act in what they perceive as the US war on Islam.
I think that it is urgent that the government take several immediate steps to prevent the appearance of torture or a coerced confession from Hasan.
First, as soon as Hasan is healthy enough to interact with people beyond those involved in medical care of his wounds, he needs to undergo a thorough mental health evaluation by a team of mental health professionals who are completely independent of the government and the military. The object of the evaluation should be to determine whether Hasan’s acts were calculated or a result of mental illness.
Second, any charges to be filed against Hasan should be in the federal criminal justice system rather than through the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Because this case has very high visibility and extreme importance both in the US and internationally, prosecution under UCMJ could create the appearance of a conflict of interest where the military would be seen as carrying out a simple act of revenge. (You lose, the military is going to try him) Citizens of the US and international observers understand the criminal justice system and would place a much higher level of trust in any verdict rendered in federal court.
Consider for a moment the well-known Miranda warning, which was ridiculed by the neocons when they implemented torture of detainees in the war on terror. A key sentence in the warning is “You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning.” If we are to avoid the appearance of a coerced confession, this is a key right that must be retained by Hasan. The presence of an attorney during all questioning is the best method of assuring that Hasan is not tortured or coerced. The history of our government in its recent treatment of Muslim prisoners accused of terrorist acts is horrific and this simple step would be of huge significance in Hasan’s case. (No, it would only further embolden other terrorists)
If Hasan is sane and did carry out his attack deliberately, putting these safeguards of due process into place will not prevent him being convicted and sentenced. However, if the safeguards are ignored and Hasan is tortured and then convicted in front of a military commission or UCMJ court proceeding, there always will be questions of whether the process arrived at the truth (Only by you leftie America haters). Those questions will fuel an increased level of terror activity both inside the United States and in the countries where our troops are stationed.
(Forget the torture, send him straight to the gallows, as they do in Hasan’s part of the world)
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