When word of the arrest of Faisal Shahzad got out last night, I was tempted to write a post betting that within 12 hours, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) would be on the record calling the administration a bunch of pansies for Mirandizing a US citizen who has committed a crime. Well, I was right
Someone from the Right really needs to explain the following contradictions to me:
Government is the problem. Therefore we can trust it to act as judge, jury, interrogator, and executioner.
Obama was born in a third-world country. Therefore, the administration must act like one when it comes to crime and punishment.
The administration is turning this country socialist. Therefore, we must borrow every confession-inducing method described by Alexander Solzhenytsin, make undesirables "disappear," trample on the principle of an independent court system, etc. etc. etc.
Of course, the political discourse has shifted so far to the right, that when a member of the House thinks that we should ignore 200+ years of constitutional rights that originated from a fight against executive abuses, well no one really bats an eye. WTF? Either we're all being sensitized to abuses of power, or deep down we think it's ok when the suspect has a name that's hard to pronounce.
UPDATE: Upon further reflection, I think it's a mistake on my part to focus on blowhard comments from King and McCain. The real story here is the successful inter-agency law enforcement efforts. Here are two posts from the VC on the topic: a) tracking the identity of Shahzad
and b) nabbing him before departure
UPDATE 2: You can listen to the ATC tape of Emirates Flight 202 being ordered back to the gate here
. I'm not an expert in the field, but I do enjoy listening to United's channel 9 whenever available. Listening to this tape, it sounds like 202 is in the middle of taxiing to the runway for take-off. The ground controller informs him that he will be first in line to take off and hands him off to the tower controller handling takeoffs. The mental image I have is the plane is just about to reach the end of the runway to get final takeoff clearance. Instead the tower controller orders a left turn back to the gate. So how long before take off at that point? I'd say one minute tops, but more like 30 seconds away from rolling down the runway. But I think we could have ordered the plane to return if it was still in our territorial airspace. Plus flight plans from NY to Europe and the Middle East call for flight over Canadian airspace. Nevertheless, talk about cutting it close. And imagine the stench in this guy's pants when the plane turned away from the runway and headed back.
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