Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let’s Go After Our Homegrown Domestic Enemy Combatants as Well....

Recently, about 20 color photographs of various CIA officials were found in the Gitmo cell of Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, one of the alleged financiers of the 9/11 attacks.

Many of the photos were apparently taken surreptitiously on the streets, probably by private investigators, apparently in an attempt to help some of the detainees identify their CIA interrogators.

Government officials were immediately concerned that these photos might have been shared among the Gitmo detainees, including KSM, whom a judge ruled, that since he, as some other defendants, are representing themselves, they are allowed to meet privately and share material relevant to their cases.

Even though the photos in al-Hawsawi’s cell didn’t have any agent’s names on them, there was still concern over the fact that they could be used to identify covert officers, making them targets of al Qaeda retribution.

As a result of all this, the CIA filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice, which dispatched FBI agents to Camp X-Ray to question the military’s defense lawyers. The military lawyers representing Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi were all cleared in the matter, but the remaining and primary focus of that criminal probe is now focused on (SURPRISE!) a number of civilian lawyers retained by the “John Adams Project” of the ACLU.

For their part, the ACLU has pretty much acknowledged its roll in the crime.

According to Newsweek, “Anthony Romero (pictured above), the ACLU’s Executive Director, confirms the project hired private investigators to track down CIA officers involved in aggressive interrogation tactics. “It would be an essential part of any defense to cross-examine the perpetrators of torture,” he says, adding, “To our knowledge, the 9/11 defendants were not told the identities of the CIA officers.” ”

As a result the Justice Department has turned the case over to one of the most feared prosecutors in its division, Patrick Fitzgerald, the man who secured the conviction of Scooter Libby for lying to federal officials, even though those lies had nothing to do with the Valerie Plame case.

Bottom-line, IF, as Anthony Romero acknowledges, the ACLU hired private investigators to track and photograph active CIA agents and then turned them over to enemy forces (Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi is a member of al-Qaida) then they aren’t just guilty of any crime, they are guilty of treason, in fact, they are as much enemy combatants as are any of the 9/11 conspirators were.

Here’s a little historical irony for the ACLU; John Adams supported the tar and feathering of both Torries (“American sympathizers of the Crown”) and captured British officers, one of the many barbarities that both sides employed against each other. The tarring and feathering of a subject was a rather hideous affair. First the prisoner was stripped naked, after that hot, molten tar was poured upon the prisoner and as the subject writhed in agony, the hot tar burning through his skin, feathers would be applied and the torturers would then try to light the feathers with candles.

One account of a Colonial tarring and feathering went, "First strip a person naked, then heat the Tar until it is thin, and pour it upon the naked Flesh, or rub it over with a Tar Brush....After which, sprinkle decently upon the Tar, whilst it is yet warm, as many Feathers as will stick to it. Then hold a lighted Candle to the Feathers, and try to set it all on Fire; if it will burn so much the better. But as the Experiment is often made in cold Weather, it will not then succeed - take also an Halter and put it round the Person's neck, and then cart him the Rounds [meaning around to certain places in the community and put on public display]."

“At this point the person was usually taken about the streets of the town in a cart surrounded by shouting people. In some cases he might be placed in the stocks, hanged or beaten. If he survived, he was finally left on his own. Most who got this far were barely alive, exhausted and severely burned. The tar was extremely difficult to get off the badly burned skin, which often got infected. Those that survived could not be helped by anyone. Giving comfort or first aid to a survivor often would result in the helper being attacked.

“Tarring and feathering was done not only by people who opposed the Crown and actions of Parliament. For example, in March 1775 Crown troops and Loyalists in Boston tarred and feathered a countryman.”


WoW! Sounds a LOT worse than water-boarding, doesn’t it? And a lot more lethal too, as most of those tarred and feathered either died after the ordeal by public hanging OR from the infections that soon set into the burn wounds.

So, the very man that the ACLU named its anti-torture task force after sanctioned and approved of....torture!

This latest action is just one more piece of evidence in a long string of seditious, treasonous and anti-American activities. They are not merely modern-day Torries, they actively assist the jihadists among us.

If tarring and feathering of the Torries was an appropriate punishment to their namesake, then it certainly should be available today for those actively assisting the military enemies of the USA....At a minimum disbarment and long prison terms would seem appropriate in this case.


Anonymous said...

all I can say to this is WOW. Makes waterboarding seem like a sesame street excercize.

JMK said...

It sure is! Tarring and feathering really was TORTURE! A far cry from the water-boarding that EVERY Special Forces recruit goes through.

Ironically enough, tar & feathering was both routine and widely endorsed in that era.

Apparently the ACLU didn't know some of the things America's Founders endorsed...I guess they'd like to believe that the likes of John Adams, who bristled over "English taxation, without Colonial representation," was...well, sort of like themselves."

No, Ted Nugent ("I kill Grizzly Bears with bows and arrows"), is more along the lines of our Founder's personas.

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