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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What, no waterboarding? Damn....
Posted by Jill | 4:49 AM
Within 53 hours of a car bomb being found in New York, a combination of a vigilant public, good, solid police work, and federal agency participation, not only has a suspect in Saturday's car bombing been apprehended, but is singing like a canary, apparently without being tortured -- even after having been read his rights.

But why let a good capture stand in the way of the Republican effort to turn this country into Stalinist Russia? Barely able to contain their glee at the opportunity to whip themselves and their sympathizers into a frenzy o'fear again, Republicans from John McCain to Peter King to Joe Lieberman are falling all over each other trying to see who can shred the Constitution the fastest:

Rachel documented the insanity last night:



You especially have to love Lieberman's idea of automatically stripping the citizenship of anyone who affiliates with anyone the government, or more specifically, Joe Lieberman, doesn't like -- without any kind of due process at all.

The sight of these same craven opportunists, getting up again and again to use every incident in which someone swarthy commits a crime, to try to systematically eviscerate the Constitution, while calling Obama a tyrant, is sickening.

And yet, while Republicans are using this as a way to perhaps address the coming white minority by giving the government to walk up to swarthy people on the street and make them non-citizens eligible for deportation immediately, they don't seem to be at all concerned about why Emirates Airlines allowed Faisal Shahzad on a plane in the first place:
But at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, more certain that Mr. Shahzad was the suspected terrorist, investigators asked the Department of Homeland Security to put him on the no-fly list. Three minutes later, the department sent airlines, including Emirates, an electronic notification that they should check the no-fly list for an update. At about 4:30 p.m., more information was added to the list, including Mr. Shahzad’s passport number, officials said.

Workers at Emirates evidently did not check the list, because at 6:30 p.m., Mr. Shahzad called the airline and booked a flight to Pakistan via Dubai, officials said. At 7:35 p.m., he arrived at the airport, paid cash for his ticket and was given a boarding pass.

Airlines are not required to report cash purchases, a Homeland Security official said. Emirates actually did report Mr. Shahzad’s purchase to the Transportation Security Administration — but only hours later, when he was already in custody, the official said.

Mr. Shahzad had evaded the surveillance effort and bought his ticket seven hours after his name went on the no-fly list. But the system gives security officials one more chance to stop a dangerous passenger.

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Blogger Barry said...
Meanwhile, in non-Republican America, Obama's deadline for closing the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay expired 102 days ago, and Attorney General Eric Holder has now admitted that at least 40 detainees will be held indefinitely, without trial.