On the news, I’ve seen Pat Buchanan and several other prominent GOP talking heads rant and rave that the underpants bomber should not be tried in Federal court. To try to give themselves credibility the GOP Regime trotted out the original Secretary of Homeland Security.
Former Homeland Security Advisor and then DHS Secretary Tom Ridge says that it's some sort of a shande to try Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab in civilian courts. I know a lot of Republicans are making this argument now. But can we at least get some Republicans who didn't oversee doing exactly the same thing on their watch? Just for consistency's sake?
Remember, the AbdulMutallab case is virtually identical to the Richard Reid "Shoe Bomber" case from December 2001 -- to an uncanny degree. Same explosive, (PETN), same MO (blowing up an airliner bound for the US), same failed attempt.
It's really about as close to identical cases and you get. And, of course, Reid was tried in civilian courts and is now serving a life sentence. Seemed to work fine in his case. And unless I'm misremembering, I don't remember anybody criticizing this approach at the time...
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Nobody was nobody criticizing it, but both Ridge and his ChickenHawk-in-Chief bragged about Reid’s conviction. So here it is. Do exactly what the Repuglicans did, in exactly the came circumstances, and according to the Repuglicans, you’re wrong. What hypocrites!!