America Scores Vital Win In War On Terror

In the news today:

Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday.

The report, released in Ottawa, was the result of a 2 1/2-year inquiry that represented one of the first public investigations into mistakes made as part of the United States’ “extraordinary rendition” program, which has secretly spirited suspects to foreign countries for interrogation by often brutal methods.

(Get more here, and here). 

First of all, WE DO NOT TORTURE! Sure this guy claims to have been beaten with a steel cable and then kept in a “coffin sized dungeon” for almost a year, but that is not torture. It is an alternative interrogation procedure, and it is vital that congress quit sympathizing with terrorists and make it clear that this important tool is perfectly legal.

Second, this situation just shows how vital it is to our nation’s security that we completely disregard quaint concepts like international treaties, the rule of law and due process. Suppose when this guy was initially detained by the FBI, we had jumped through all the legal hoops and allowed him to speak to his lawyer or to his consul. Doubtless those nefarious commie-liberal-hippie-fags would have tried to use some kind of technical trickery or else one-world-government-international-peace-loving-human-rights-mumbo-jumbo to thwart the investigation. The suspect may have gone free before we found out if he had any information. Sure, after a year of alternative interrogations (NOT TORTURE!) we found out he did not have any information or any ties whatsoever to terrorists. But if we’d cut him loose at the start, we would not know that. We would always wonder if maybe, just maybe, this guy was a terrorist. Who could effectively defend freedom with those type of worries?

Third, I don’t know what the big fuss is about. So this guy was held incommunicado, shipped to a foreign country, beaten, and held in solitary confinement. Big deal. Terrorists don’t have rights. Why is that so hard to understand? And do you think they would treat our boys any better? This guy got luxury treatment compared to what those barbarians would do. He still has his head, doesn’t he?

At this point, some head-in-the-clouds idealist will say something melodramatic like “we are supposed to be better than the terrorists, we are supposed to stand for liberty, justice, and human dignity, all of which stand opposed to this type of treatment.” Bah. Welcome to post 9/11. We can’t afford to play nice. Freedom demands that we jettison those old ideals.  

Oh I know another wise guy is going to say that we  detained this guy, denied him contact with anyone in the outside world, and shipped him off to a secret prison for a year’s worth of beatings all before we knew he was a terrorist. And the same book learned Mr. Smarty Pants will then accuse me of begging the question by saying we did this stuff because terrorists don’t have rights. Whether or not the guy was a terrorist was the fact at issue. Hence, according to the ivory towered intellectuals, that fact can not be the reason we deny him basic rights, rights the purpose of which is ensuring a fair result. I guess the point would be that the purpose of these rights is to prevent exactly what happened here, and that if we’d given this guy even the rudiments of fair treatment, this whole situation would never have occurred.

That philosophical pie in the sky stuff don’t cut it in the real post 9/11 world. If we think someone is a terrorist, then that person is a terrorist. We can’t allow lawyers and human rights groups (what about my right to be free from the fear of terrorists?) and United Nations wussies to use the “facts” to prove otherwise. We must act as if the person is a terrorist. Our security depends on it. We can’t be free if people we think are terrorists are allowed to live freely. Terrorists cause fear. Fear limits freedom. Therefore, people who scare us must be detained until they no longer scare us. Freedom demands no less.

Does that mean innocent people will have their lives temporarily disrupted? Certainly. But if they are truly innocent, completely white as snow, of no use to us, then – as this case proves – we will give them their lives back. 

Finally, why does this Canadian hate freedom? If he truly loved freedom, he would be grateful that he was able to play a part in its defense. Any true patriot, any honest defender of values, would be happy to sacrifice a year of his life and all of his human dignity to help ensure the spread of freedom. That is exactly what he did. Thanks to him, we have one less terrorist to worry about.

How so, you ask? He wasn’t a terrorist to start, so how can there now be one less terrorist? The answer, as I’ve already explained, is that when he was arrested, we thought he was a terrorist. What matters is not what he was or wasn’t, but what effect he had on us. We feared him, hence, he was a terrorist.

Now, though, he has proven that he is not a terrorist. He did not have to rely on some silly concept like a presumption of innocence, or make an unreasonable demand like asking us to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was a terrorist. No, his silence in the face of our alternative techniques set him free. So now we know he is not a terrorist. Or if he is, he is a useless one. In either event, we no longer have to fear him.

If he had a fair trial, or been presumed innocent, would that be the case? Would we really know he was not a terrorist? No, we would not. We would still fear him, and therefore be less free. He would still be a terrorist.

But that isn’t the case. He proved to us that we do not need to fear him. Less fear equals more freedom. Hence, this Canadian has helped to spread freedom. Instead of his self-righteous finger pointing, he should be thanking us for allowing him to play such a vital role in the pursuit of worldwide freedom. And there should be many others who want to volunteer for similar treatment in our quest to spread freedom.  

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One Comment on “America Scores Vital Win In War On Terror”

  1. Dystopos Says:

    The only flaw I can find in your relentless logic is the possibility that after being transported and alternatively interrogated under the authority of the freedom-loving people of the United States, the person in question may have become more prone to terrorist sympathizing.


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