Obama WH: Critics are terrorist sympathizers

“Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.”

Now, while one might agree with that statement, at its most base and foul, it is certainly open to interpretation. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, as they say. You could say that slandering US Marines as murderers is certainly helping Al Qaeda. But is rejoicing that the scumbag who said it is dead? No. Closing Guantanamo Bay without thinking about it could be said to be helping Al Qaeda. But is treating captured terrorists like the “scumbags” they are? No. Giving Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorists Miranda rights and wrapping them in Constitutional protections that could get them, then announcing on national t.v. that the result of a “fair trial” is a foregone conclusion could be said to be helping Al Qaeda. But is insisting that they be tried in military courts that years of preparation had established? No.

Basically, this administration has taken to calling dissent sedition. They talk in those incessant talking points about “common ground” and “coming together” that independents and even people who choose not to pay too much attention to politics now realize mean “agree with us and shut up.” John Brennan — Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism – in a USA Today Op-Ed, says Obama “needs no lectures”.

So when people talk about the “disaster” in handling the Christmas bomber, the Obama Administration talking points come out. Here come the cliches about Richard Reid, the shoebomber, being read his rights after being taken off the plane. OK. Let’s settle that bs right now. That was right after 911 and BEFORE military tribunals were established. So don’t compare apples to oranges. The military tribunals are in place and now they don’t want to use them.

Then Brennan goes on and actually undercuts the whole argument for civilian court trials in the first place.

He calls it “naive to think that transferring Abdulmutallab to military custody would have caused an outpouring of information. There is little difference between military and civilian custody, other than an interrogator with a uniform. The suspect gets access to a lawyer, and interrogation rules are nearly identical.”

Get that? They are nearly identical. So why would a city or state want to spend millions of dollars on trials and security when you can just give them to the military (who we already pay and who have guns) to do it for you?

“We have the right to debate and disagree, with any administration!!!”  Hillary Clinton

So there certainly is alarmism going on. And it IS helping Al Qaeda. But it is the alarmism of the Obama Administration, desparate to deflect further criticism and stop its sagging approval numbers. When you have an administration that insists on treating Islamist terrorism as a law-enforcement issue, that’s an issue.

Sentiment is widespread that it is quite insane to spend $200 million a year to give the killer of 3,000 innocents the largest propaganda platform on earth, while at the same time granting civilian rights of cross-examination and discovery that risk betraying U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

THAT is helping Al Qaeda.

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