White House Counter-Terrorism Advisor John Brennan speaking to members of a thinktank believes that America should be bolstering the moderate political elements of Hizbollah; the terrorist organization responsible for the Beirut bombing in 1983 that killed 241 American servicemen. Radical Islamic (oh, crap – I said it out loud) terrorists are NOT going to stop until we are all converted to the new Persian Ottoman Empire,…or dead.
Can we be done with these delusional progressives yet, or do we have to wait for some terrorist organization to create devastating havoc inside our shores because we have become the security laughingstock of the world with minds like this at the wheel?
MR. GREGORY: Why isn’t he be treat–being treated as an enemy combatant instead of a criminal?
MR. BRENNAN: Well, because, first of all, we’re a country of laws, and what we’re going to do is to make sure that we treat each individual case appropriately. In the past Richard Reid, the former shoe bomber; Zacarias Moussaoui; Jose Padilla; Iyman Faris; all of them were charged in criminal court, were sentenced some in–in some cases to life imprisonment. We have these tools available, whether it’s an enemy combatant avenue or to charge them criminally. We look at the cases, and in this case we decided it was best, in fact, to charge him criminally.
MR. GREGORY: Would there be additional intelligence that could be gleaned by making him an enemy combatant? And do you believe that whatever you’re learning from him, was the Christmas Day plot part of something larger from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula?
MR. BRENNAN: Well, first of all, we have different ways of obtaining information from individuals according to that criminal process. A lot of people, as they understand what they’re facing and their lawyers recognize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements, we’re going to pursue that. So–and we are continuing to look at ways that we can extract that information from him. (emphasis mine)