Frank Gaffney
Scott Brown can't get to Washington soon enough.  In his victory speech on Tuesday night, the newly elected Senator from Massachusetts underscored a central plank in his campaign platform:  "Let me say this: with respect to the people who wish to harm us, I believe - and I know all of you believe - that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation.  They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. And the message we need to send in dealing with terrorists: Our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, and not lawyers to defend them."

This commonsensical approach to dealing with our enemies clearly found resonance with the voters of one of the most liberal states in the nation.  Polls suggest on related questions about closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay and bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to trial in New York City, Americans across this country are of a similar mind. Yet, with each passing day it is evident that the Obama administration is committed to a very different course, one that is likely to get more of us killed.

For instance, we discovered yesterday that neither the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency nor the Secretary of Homeland Security were consulted before the decision was taken to allow Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab to lawyer-up in Detroit.  We are told that, for some reason, local FBI agents - who had gotten a wealth of valuable intelligence in the course of a few hours with the alleged Christmas Day pantybomber before they told him he had the right to remain silent - believed they needed to Mirandize the terrorist before he went into surgery.

With that, on advice of counsel, Abdulmuttalab clammed up and - despite claims by the President's Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan, that plea-bargaining will elicit more cooperation from this jihadist - it now seems unlikely that such help will be forthcoming and, if it is, that it will be "actionable."

Then, we learn that the State Department has decided to offer 14,000 of its  "diversity visas" to Nigerians wishing to immigrate to this country.  Never mind that Abdulmuttalab exemplifies a portion of that nation's Muslim population that has embraced the supremacist, totalitarian ideology called "Shariah" by authoritative Islam, the same program that obliges its adherents to engage in jihad (or holy war).  Randomly allocating visas to such folks assuredly increases the probability of inviting more of jihadists into our midst.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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