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WH Claims ‘System Worked’ For Shahzad

From the Politico:

W.H.: System worked against bomber

By: Josh Gerstein
October 5, 2010

The White House touted the life sentence imposed on Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad on Tuesday as evidence that the criminal justice system is capable of meting out swift and severe punishment in terrorism cases, notwithstanding Republican complaints that the military and the CIA are better suited to interrogating alleged terrorists.

Yes, the criminal justice system worked about as well as did the system that prevented the attack in the first place. That is, it was almost all dumb luck.

“We are pleased that this terrorist has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, after providing substantial intelligence to our interrogators, and a speedy civilian trial,” White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said.

Of course it helps when you have a perpetrator who is only too eager to talk.

“We tried the case in a civilian court, we were able to use everything that he said and everything that we uncovered for intelligence collection purposes. His trial served no propaganda purpose for al Qaeda, and only underscored the strength of our justice system,” Shapiro added. “The case shows once again how our values and the rule of law can keep us safe against those determined to do us harm on behalf of terrorist organizations overseas.”

Of course it helps when you have a perpetrator who confesses everything, and only wishes he had done more.

And it remains to be seen whether Mr. Shahzad’s trial served any propaganda purposes or not.

Some Republicans, however, believe investigators and prosecutors got lucky.

Shahzad, who pleaded guilty in June, was willing – and eager – to talk about his exploits on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban. Administration critics believe more hardened terrorist suspects will clam up after being advised of their Miranda rights, would crack only under harsh interrogation techniques, and should face trial in a military court, where evidence rules favor the prosecution.

“The case worked out well. I had questions about it. There was a bit of luck involved here," said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “He was advised of his rights and kept talking. If he had not, I don’t know what would have happened."

If Shazal, a naturalized U.S. citizen and college-educated professional, “was more sophisticated or more trained, or if he had not talked there could have been a follow-up attack, he could have been part of a larger conspiracy," King said, adding that Shahzad could have been convicted on the evidence alone. "It worked in this case, but to me it’s too much of a risk to take in every case.”

Liz Cheney of Keep America Safe, which advocates tough treatment of terror suspects, said the administration failed because Shahzad managed to travel to and from an overseas training camp, build a crude but potentially deadly bomb, drive it to Times Square in an SUV and detonate it without authorities knowing what he was up to.

“Americans expect their government to disrupt plots and defeat terrorists before they can attack us. The Times Square bomber’s attack failed not because it was thwarted, but because his bomb failed to detonate,” said Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. “Being lucky is not a responsible counterterrorism strategy, and convictions in civilian courts will not keep this country safe."

And Ms. Cheney is right of course.

At the sentencing hearing Tuesday in Manhattan, Shahzad was defiant and remorseless as U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Cedarbaum sentenced him. Despite the White House’s claims that there was no propaganda victory for Al Qaeda, Shahzad, a Pakistan national, rattled off a few combative lines before he was led from the courtroom.

“Brace yourself. The war with Muslims has just begun,” he declared. "The defeat of the U.S. is imminent, inshallah (God willing)."

Yes, we need to give more terrorists like Mr. Shahzad show trials on a national stage. They need a forum where they can get their message out.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WH Claims ‘System Worked’ For Shahzad”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Has this country run out of rope?

    • Petronius says:

      Yes, but everything will be OK if we just put a T-shirt vendor on every street corner and a sturdy Dutchman on every airplane.

  2. Papa Louie says:

    Now Mr. Shahzad gets to spend his life in prison converting other miscreants to his cause. He may do more damage as a Muslim missionary in prison than he ever would as a bomber. He’ll convert two friends and they’ll convert two friends and… Yes, I feel so much safer now. We should bring all the Gitmo terrorists into our court system and house them in our prisons. What could go wrong?

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Not if he’s where I expect he will be…at ADX Florence, where they don’t even prepare prisoners to be reintroduced into the general prison population.

    • Chase says:

      He wanted to kill other humans as if they were just animals, or insects, to be firebombed or squashed, without a thought to their lives, their families, or their faith, politics or actions.

      Why should a calorie of effort go into preparing him for anything, much less being released into a ‘trial’ at the hands of his peers?

    • tranquil.night says:

      “at ADX Florence, where they don’t even prepare prisoners to be reintroduced into the general prison population.”

      Oh no no, that’s for real criminals. Not insanely misguided radicals who are using unfortunate means to fight for their beliefs.

      He’ll be at some resort getaway on taxpayer expense. To do any less would be intolerant and inhumane, the ACLU and UN will quickly remind us and the regime will agree.

      Screw it. At this point we should just mitigate the potential damage and get him to just stay in his cell for life with video games, pot, and all of Lady Gaga’s hits.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    He should have been introduced to Allah post haste.

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