Ethics Security Terrorism Torture

Conspiracy Theory

Is President Obama intentionally leaving the door open for more terrorist attacks? Todd Starnes of Fox News thinks so.

via Right Wing Watch

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation waited more than 48 hours before telling New York City police that the Boston marathon bombers had picked the Big Apple as their next target. That decision put lives at unnecessary risk because we have no idea who else might have been involved in the attack. That’s because the Justice Department pulled the plug on the interrogation of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he clammed up when they read him his Miranda Rights. I’m beginning to wonder if the Obama administration thinks the moral high ground is having a bomb explode in the middle of Times Square rather than interrogate a terrorist to get information that might stop the attack. And why did the FBI ignore warnings that the Tsarnaev brothers were radical Muslims? I think the FBI stands for the Federal Bureau of Incompetence.”

By all accounts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been cooperative with the FBI without the threat of torture, which Todd Starnes appears to be advocating. And considering that much of the information we have is thanks to Tsarnaev communicating with authorities, I can only assume that’s what Starnes means with his emphasized call for interrogation. He also appears to be implying that the Obama administration does not take security seriously and may even allow another attack to happen if it means not having to get their hands dirty.

The projection seems to be that liberals are pussies and that they don’t have what it takes to defend the public.

I would argue that not surrendering to our lizard brains or embracing our inner neanderthal is what requires real intestinal fortitude. Calling for the use of torture, a suspension of rights, military tribunals, and isolation at Guantanamo does not require courage or gumption. That is simple and easy.

If the threat of terrorism is what keeps you up at night, when it isn’t your responsibility to prevent it, you may want to check yourself before projecting your weakness onto others.