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Krauthammer: The Safest Place to be a Terrorist is the USA

John on January 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm

From Krauthammer’s Friday column:

[Obama] sends 30,000 troops to fight terror overseas, yet if any terrorists come to attack us here, they are magically transformed from enemy into defendant.

The logic is perverse. If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator — no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.

Clearly, the safest place to be a terrorist is not abroad, where the rules of war prevail, but here in the US where any terrorist who survives his attack is entitled to a lawyer and, at worst, three squares and a cot. Perverse incentives indeed.

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