Democrats and News Media Celebrate Terrorists' Victory
by Jim Kouri, CPP
Thursday may have been a dark day for those charged with fighting terrorism both here and abroad, but for many Democrats and the news media it was a day of celebration when five black-robed lawyers sitting on the US Supreme Court decided to handcuff the Commander-in-Chief in his obligation to protect the American people.
Just as the Warren Court hampered law enforcement in the 1960s that resulted in enormous increases in crime, so too is the current Supreme Court hampering asymmetrical warfare.
The decidedly liberal Supreme Court ruled that military tribunals to try suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp are illegal. The damage went even further when the court ruled that the Geneva Conventions applied to those terrorists who are captured by the US military.
Of course, anyone who knows anything about the Geneva Conventions knows that terrorists are not mentioned in any of its provisions. Actually, the Conventions stipulate several requirements before a person or persons are entitled to lay claim to the Geneva protections. For instance, the combatants must be wearing a uniform or insignia that is visible and recognizable from a distance; and the combatants' weapons must be openly displayed. There are other provisions as well, but it's not my purpose to dissect the Court's decision, but to observe the reaction of those clearly ready to pop open bottles of champagne.
The ruling was reached by a 5-3 vote after the so-called moderate, Kennedy, joined the court's more left-wing members in siding against the Bush administration. Chief Justice John Roberts, recused himself because as an appeals court judge he had previously backed the government in this same case.
The court's decision means that detainees will have to be granted the increased rights of prisoners-of-war, something the Bush administration has always opposed since the 9-11 terrorist attacks. He had good reasons. To put these terrorists on trial in civilian courts or open sessions of military commissions opens he door for classified information to be disseminated to the world including the terrorists. As it is, the US news media has been doing an excellent job of providing America's enemies with abundant information. Now we'll also have shysters leaking top secrets.
Leftist lawyers, who hoodwinked their way into the federal court system, will be deciding what information will be allowed in open court and what will be done in private sessions. However, slip-and-fall lawyers representing the terrorists will have access to military and/or intelligence agency secrets.
Both the Bush Administration and its critics acknowledged that while the ruling was a huge blow to a central part of America's anti-terror strategy, it did not require the immediate closure of the Guantanamo prison. The Democrats seemed a bit disappointed when they heard that part.
The Supreme Court ruling brought smiles to the face of the detainees' relatives and the left-wing groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and so-called human rights organizations.
While the Democrat lawmakers made the rounds of the news shows gloating over their empty victory. President Bush reminded them that: "The American people need to know that the ruling, as I understand it, won't cause killers to be put out on the streets," he said.
The President also vowed that the Guantanamo detainees would not be freed. His response infuriated the terrorists' allies -- lawyers, Democrats and news media -- who want prisoners treated like normal criminal defendants. I used to laugh that the way things are going in this war, soldiers will be running around the battlefields giving terrorists and their associates Miranda warnings. Perhaps we can have the courts appoint defense lawyers to travel into war zones to make sure terrorists' rights are protected. Sure, some lawyers will be killed, but isn't protecting the rights of terrorists important?
Many hailed Thursday's ruling as a major victory. But if it was a defeat for Bush and for Americans, then it must be a victory for left-wing politicians and reporters from the treasonous New York Times, since the court's decision aids terrorists.
For instance, Zachary Katznelson, a lawyer who represents 36 inmates, said, "I think it's a fantastic victory for us. It's a strong rebuke from the Supreme Court to President Bush."
Amnesty International said, "The US administration should ensure that those held in Guantanamo should be either released or brought before civilian courts on the US mainland."
Senator Edward Kennedy said the verdict was a "stunning repudiation" for Mr. Bush. "The Supreme Court has reminded the president and [defense] secretary Rumsfeld that there is no excuse for ignoring the rule of law even when our country is at war." I believe Kennedy did just that to a young woman the night he drove her into the water, and waited hours before calling the authorities.
The Supreme Court case was the result of an appeal by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni, who has admitted to being Osama bin Laden's driver and bodyguard. He faced a single count of conspiring against American citizens. And the Democrats are celebrating his victory?
Taken together with the previous Supreme Court ruling that Guantanamo inmates must have access to attorneys, Thursday's decision makes fighting a war on terrorism much more difficult for the Bush Administration and for those in command positions.
Probably one of the happiest Democrats is Senator Patrick "Leaky" Leahy who got booted off the Senate Intelligence Committee for leaking classified information. As the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he's still too close to intelligence and military secrets in my opinion.
Sen. Leahy boasted, "The Justices have given our system a constitutional tonic that is sorely needed if we are to counter terrorism effectively, efficiently and with American values." Of course, as usual, Democrats never explain how handcuffing the military and law enforcement make our counter terrorism strategy and execution more effective and efficient.
And with their comrades in the news media they never will have to explain.
Then, the Socialist gem from Vermont, Rep. Bernie Sanders, joined Leahy in praising the court's ruling and in criticizing the Bush Administration's policy regarding the detainees.
"Today's Supreme Court decision is an important victory in the effort to reign in the abuses of power we have experienced under the Bush administration," Sanders said in a statement released by his office. This man gets elected? What abuse did he experience. All of a sudden it's "we" who are saved? How are we saved by giving more rights to terrorist thugs?
Leahy called the decision "a triumph for our constitutional system of checks and balances. I commend the justices for acting as a much needed check on this administration's unilateral policies that have clearly stretched the bounds of the president's constitutional authority."
I've got a great idea, those clowns in Vermont elected a Marxist and a treasonous leaker, so how about we send the detainees to Vermont and keep them there?
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.