McCain: Blow up your crotch on a jet and you give up all of your civilian rights

By | January 11, 2010

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service December 28, 2009. REUTERS/US Marshals Service/HandoutThe Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a commercial jet outside Detroit on Christmas Day should be tried as an enemy combatant in a military court, a leading Republican Senator said on Sunday.

Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 election, said it would be a mistake to try Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, in a civilian court where he would “get lawyered up” and be afforded the right to withhold damaging information.

“To have a person be able to get lawyered up when we need that information very badly, I think betrays or contradicts the president’s view that we are at war,” McCain told CNN’s State of the Union with John King.

“That person should be tried as an enemy combatant,” McCain said. “He’s a terrorist.”

The U.S. civilian justice system affords some protections not afforded by some military courts.

Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to ignite explosives in his underwear on a December 25 flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. He was subdued by other passengers after trying to ignite it.

via Wrong to give bomb suspect civilian rights: McCain | Reuters.

Why does McCain hate the U.S. justice system so much?

Our system has checks and balances, something would-be tyrants hate. Our justice system has evolved over many years out of necessity. It keeps us from rushing to a hasty and sometimes flawed judgment.

Perhaps Abdulmutallab is an oddly expressionless (insane, blackmailed, brainwashed?) man who, while oddly expressionless, tried to blow up his own crotch on a jet as a terrorist act ( which coincidentally happened to benefit one particular airport scanner making company with US military ties).

But, all wild conspiracy theories aside, doesn’t the military (and military courts on high profile cases) do what politicians say they should do? And how many living trustworthy politicians can I name? Only a few, and they are marginal players. The U.S. civilian justice system seems the best way we (the civilians who ride these jets!) can get the facts that will prevent this from happening again and again.

What’s the deal with military courts anyway?

While the primary purpose of the United States justice system is to dispense “justice,” that is not the primary reason for the creation of a separation justice system for America’s Armed Forces. The primary purpose of the Military’s system is to provide the military commander with necessary tools to enforce good order and discipline. –

Is there some undiscovered fact about this case that could cause disorder in the US military? If not, a military court makes no sense.

One thought on “McCain: Blow up your crotch on a jet and you give up all of your civilian rights

  1. John Byrnes

    We don’t need profiling to identify Individuals like the Christmas-Day Bomber!

    Virtually all media outlets are discussing whether we should be profiling all Arab Muslims; I will in the one-page explain why we don’t need profiling. Over 15 years ago, we at the Center for Aggression Management developed an easily-applied, measurable and culturally-neutral body language and behavior indicators exhibited by people who intend to perpetrate a terrorist act. This unique methodology utilizes proven research from the fields of psychology, medicine and law enforcement which, when joined together, identify clear, easily-used physiologically-based characteristics of individuals who are about to engage in terrorist activities in time to prevent their Moment of Commitment.

    The Problem
    Since the foiled terrorist attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit, the President has repeatedly stated that there has been a systemic failure as he reiterates his commitment to fill this gap in our security. This incident, like the Fort Hood shooting, exemplifies why our government must apply every valid preventative approach to identify a potential terrorist.

    The myriad methods to identify a terrorist, whether “no-fly list,” “explosive and weapons detection,” mental illness based approaches, “profiling” or “deception detection” – all continue to fail us. Furthermore, the development of deception detection training at Boston Logan Airport demonstrated that the Israeli methods of interrogation will not work in the United States.

    All media outlets are discussing the need for profiling of Muslim Arabs, but profiling does not work for the following three reasons:

    1. In practice, ethnic profiling tells us that within a certain group of people there is a higher probability for a terrorist; it does not tell us who the next terrorist is!

    2. Ethnic profiling is contrary to the value our society places on diversity and freedom from discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious, age and/or gender based criteria. If we use profiling it will diminish our position among the majority of affected citizens who support us as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

    3. By narrowing our field of vision, profiling can lead to the consequence of letting terrorists go undetected, because the terrorist may not be part of any known “profile worthy” group – e.g., the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh

    The Solution
    Our unique methodology for screening passengers can easily discern (independently of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, and gender) the defining characteristics of human beings who are about to engage in terrorist acts.

    The question is when will our government use true “hostile intent” through the “continuum of aggressive behavior” to identify potential terrorists? Only when observers focus specifically on “aggressive behavior” do the objective and culturally neutral signs of “aggression” clearly stand out, providing the opportunity to prevent these violent encounters. This method will not only make all citizens safer, but will also pass the inevitable test of legal defensibility given probable action by the ACLU.

    As our Government analyzes what went wrong regarding Abdulmatallab’s entrance into the United States, you can be assured that Al Qaeda is also analyzing how their plans went wrong. Who do you think will figure it out first . . . ?

    Visit our blog at where we discuss the shooting at Fort Hood and the attempted terrorist act on Flight 253.

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