There are times I really like Joe Lieberman – Updated!

May 5, 2010

And this is one of them:

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo.

Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military.

“I’m now putting together legislation to amend that to [specify that] any individual American citizen who is found to be involved in a foreign terrorist organization, as defined by the Department of State, would be deprived of their citizenship rights,” Lieberman said Tuesday.

Such a law would potentially cover terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen charged in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square. He was apprehended Monday night at the city’s John F. Kennedy airport after he boarded a flight to Dubai.

“If you have joined an enemy of the United States in attacking the United States and trying to kill Americans, I think you sacrifice your rights of citizenship,” Lieberman said.

Citizenship has not only rights, but duties that are all too often forgotten; one of them is the duty of loyalty. Since I don’t think Lieberman’s proposal would meet constitutional muster in Shahzad’s case because of the ex post facto clause, they should add a charge that’s fitting for American citizens who betray their country – treason.

If only Joe weren’t such a  social liberal-statist in domestic affairs.

UPDATE: Allahpundit has objections worth bearing in mind, while Byron York looks at the government’s alternatives for dealing with the treasonous Shahzad. I still favor stripping citizenship from citizens who join foreign terrorist organizations, though I don’t think it can be applied to Shahzad for the reason given above.


Times Square bomber met with top Taliban trainer – Updated!

May 5, 2010

Yet another revelation to make Mayor Bloomberg and MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer look like the idiots they are:

Pakistani investigators believe the man accused of the failed bomb attack in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, learned about explosives from a senior Taliban expert at a training camp in Pakistan. Mohammad Rehan, one of eight people arrested in Pakistan late Tuesday, is accused of introducing Shahzad to militants gave him lessons in handling explosives.

According to security sources Rehan was arrested in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi.

He is suspected of taking Shahzad, a son of retired senior air force officer, to the northern city of Peshawar and then to North Waziristan, which is now a Taliban stronghold.

Officials believe 30-year-old Shahzad, a Karachi-born Pushtun, had no relationship with any militant organisation, until Rehan put him in contact with Qari Hussain Mehsud, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban’s suicide squad and explosives expert.

Hussain is believed to have provided training to Shahzad on improvised explosives on a recent visit to Pakistan.

We’ve been hitting the Pakistani Taliban hard for years now, killing several of their top leaders and coming close with others. It’s not surprising they would attempt a payback, but it should be a big, flashing clue to our “leaders” that the real danger comes not from little old ladies protesting out of control spending, but a religiously motivated enemy overseas exploiting sympathetic coreligionists here in the United States.

Given that we’ve now avoided two terrorist disasters thanks only to alert private citizens and the incompetence of our foes, maybe the federal government should concentrate on doing the job its assigned, instead of taking over everything it can lay its hands on.

(via Threat Matrix, which has analysis and background on the web of connections between al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadist groups)

UPDATE LINK: Via NRO, Charlie Szrom of the Critical Threats Project looks at the growing likelihood of an operational link between Shazad and the Pakistani Taliban.

How can we fight an an enemy we can’t name?

May 5, 2010

Political correctness has already gotten Americans killed. The refusal to identify Major Nidal Hasan as a jihadist driven by his devotion to Islam contributed to the deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood. Even when people thankfully  don’t die in a terrorist attack, as in the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit or the attempted car-bombing in Times Square this weekend, the media and American officials rush to direct the blame anywhere but where it belongs: Muslim terrorists waging war in the name of Allah – jihad fi sabil Allah.

At Pajamas Media, Roger L. Simon asks a question I’ve asked many times, myself: How on Earth can we hope to effective fight an enemy if we do not allow ourselves to bluntly talk about him and the ideology motivating him, or even to plainly name him at all?

It’s the jihad, stupid!

If you were listening to Geraldo on Sunday night (okay, I apologize), you would have thought the would-be Times Square bomber was either the illegitimate son of Timothy McVeigh or an evangelical minister overdosed on steroids looking for an abortion clinic. Geraldo was practically fulminating at the mouth — it’s a white man, it’s a white man — in nostalgia for the good old days when the true enemy was some evil Ku Kluxer waving his hangman’s noose.

Well, it wasn’t. At least the man currently under arrest, Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American, is no evangelical Christian and wasn’t seeking vengeance against our federal government. I’m willing to bet right now he is a believer in jihad and, if he’s seeking vengeance against anything, it’s Western Civilization — our way of life.

Yet only months after the Ft. Hood massacre, our government and leaders refuse to name our enemy. In fact, as a recent PJTV video reminds us, they are running the other way. Words like “jihad,” “Islamic fascism,” etc. — the very ideologies cited by the 9/11 Commission as the causes of September 11 — have now been expunged from the lexicon of our government and even our military.

Times Square reminds us how dangerously self-destructive that is.  Were it not for our concerned citizenry and smart law enforcement, our civilization would be on its way out. Many of our leaders are evidently ready to hand it over.

Until we rip off the blinders of political correctness and are honest with ourselves about the enemy waging war on us -Muslims waging jihad against infidels in obedience to the Islamic-supremacist imperative embedded in the Qur’an and the hadiths- we are fighting with one hand behind our backs and our eyes averted.

And many more of us will die needlessly because of it.

LINK: Mike Opelka on the media’s refusal to use the M-word.