Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Missed the Wall Street Journal Online Yesterday

I've had a busy several days lately and my trying to keep up with all the newspapers online and all the blogs has been a little slack. I know, I know, I've sure managed to post a lot of "stuff." But I have missed a lot, too. Today I finally happened on this article from the Wall Street Journal. It needs to be read by everyone.

Revenge of the ‘Shoe Bomber’ by Debra Burlingame
The terrorist sues to resume his jihad from prison. The Obama administration caves in.

Last May at the National Archives, President Barack Obama warned that “more mistakes would occur” if Congress continued to politicize terrorist detention policy and the closure of Guantanamo Bay. “[I]f we refuse to deal with those issues today,” he predicted, “then I guarantee you, they will be an albatross around our efforts to combat terrorism in the future.”

On June 17, at the Administrative Maximum (ADX) penitentiary in Florence, Colo., one of those albatrosses, inmate number 24079-038, began his day with a whole new range of possibilities. Eight days earlier, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver filed notice in federal court that the Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) which applied to that prisoner—Richard C. Reid, a.k.a. the “Shoe Bomber”—were being
allowed to expire. SAMs are security directives, renewable yearly, issued by the attorney general when “there is a substantial risk that a prisoner’s communications, correspondence or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury” to others.

This is just the first two paragraphs, read it all.

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