Americans are often smarter than those they elect to govern them. According to a December 31 Rasmussen poll, “Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.” Instead of being shipped off to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is lawyered-up in a Detroit jail, beyond the reach of CIA interrogators. And forget waterboarding. Thanks to the McCain Amendment of 2005, waterboarding — which was legal when it was applied to Abu Zubaydeh, KSM and others — is now probably illegal under US law. I say “probably” because the McCain amendment made a clear definition of “torture” so vague that it’s probably unconstitutional. But no matter: President Obama has prohibited the use of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” which served to save lives during the Bush administration.
As Jed notes in the column, Human Events and RedState (well, Human Events all the heavy lifting on this one) created a petition to oppose the KSM trial in New York. We’re going to collect the names and we’re going to get this petition delivered to the powers that we. We all feel very strongly about this one.Please join us in signing the petition against the trial.