Time To Drop Drone Strikes On Manhattan, I Guess
Four terrorist plotters in a home-grown cell were captured in New York City last night after threatening to blow up synagogues and shoot down aircraft. They were never far along in their plot, and the FBI and NYPD had them surveilled and sussed out the entire time. That's how terrorism is properly defeated, through effective law enforcement and intelligence.
I suppose that now, based on conservative theories about terrorism policy, we should 1) invade New York City because otherwise we are allowing terrorists safe havens, 2) immediately ship these dangerous home-grown terrorists to Guantanamo or a floating plastic island because our Supermax prisons cannot possibly handle them, and 3) start torturing them immediately just to see if they know anything about links between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.
Peter King, a charter member of FEAR Unit, lies to the New York Times, meanwhile, claiming that somehow this terror cell consisted of "jailhouse converts," an effort to demonize our prisons as breeding grounds for terrorism or something. And somehow, that means we can't close Guantanamo. I don't get the point. But maybe I'm not supposed to - there is no point other than using "jailhouse" and "terrorism" in the same sentence.