July 31, 2013

CNN Lands Coveted Interview w/ Benghazi Terrorists

AllahP has this link up to a CNN segment where John King is teasing an interview that they were able to pull off with one of the suspects in the Benghazi terror attack. Mind you, it's not the actual interview itself, they're just trying to get some buzz going for when they actually do air the interview some time down the road.

I don't think the weird thing here is that CNN landed the interview while the FBI hasn't interviewed the "suspect". Didn't Vice do that like six months ago?

No, the weird thing here is that CNN expects the FBI to interview a "suspect" in Libya.

Does the American Left actually now embrace the notion of the US as a worldwide police force? Because, the last time I checked, the FBI was a police agency. Sure, it's a federal police agency, but a police agency nonetheless.

When a crime happens in Libya you don't send American police to arrest the criminal.

Which is the subtext of the notion that the FBI should be interviewing suspects in Libya. That a crime happened and now we should send in the police to do their thing.

Are people really that stupid to think that even if such a thing should be done that they believe that it could be done? That somehow the FBI can go to a lawless and governmentless country and just take care of business as if they were investigating a string of bank robberies in Iowa?

And it's no longer just the left, because many on the Right have jumped on the let's-treat-acts-of-war-and-terror-as-if-they-are-ordinary-crimes bandwagon. Before you say, no, it's not us! what about those of you who think that it's "illegal" for the President of the US to "extra-judicially murder" a US citizen with a drone strike?

The alternative to "extra-judicial" is judicially approved, meaning you believe courts need to be involved. Which means a lawsuit, a trial, and a verdict must be passed.

In other words, you want to treat acts of terror as crimes and those committing those terrorist acts as .... criminals.

I'm actually not opposed to this. I do think terrorists are criminals, and I would like to see them prosecuted (then swiftly executed).

So, okay, we're on the same page. Except .... how is that supposed to happen when the "criminal" is in a country which is either harboring him for political reasons (eg, Iran, Pakistan) or is a place on a map that no government really controls (eg, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya)?

Sure, it would be nice if the FBI could track down those responsible for Benghazi, arrest them, and bring them back to the US for justice. But that can't happen because it's just not feasible.

Just as it isn't feasible to indict al Qaeda suspects in Yemen and then wait around for 10 years while they wage war against us and our interests around the globe hoping and praying that Yemeni courts will get us an extradition hearing because, goshdarnit, that's just what a nation of laws does.

Oh, the incredible amount of angst and hand wringing that must be part of the daily lives of the armchair Constitutional lawyers who worry about the civil rights of al Qaeda members being violated in countries like Yemen. It must suck to be you.

But what about Benghazi? Are those of you who are so worried about drone kills really in such a pre-9/11 mindset that you would actually object should President Obama actually take these guys out, hellfire missile style? Or does that only happen when it turns out the al Qaeda member in question just happens to be a citizen? A citizen who fled his own country to join al Qaeda to wage war on the country from some sh*thole in the Middle East, but a citizen nonetheless.

I'll tell you what: you lose sleep if and when we kill the Benghazi terrorists without "due process". Me? I'll pass out and then sleep a solid 8 after I've spend the previous 24 hours celebrating the demise of those who made war on my fellow Americans and the fact that Obama finally got off his ass and did something about this "phony scandal" worth celebrating.

And I'll dream of rainbows and ponies.

Anyway, here's the video.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:32 PM | Comments |