So my friend and fellow journalist Travis Case wrote a piece that I decided to feature on my blog. Travis Case is an aspiring journalist and hip hop artist.
Check him out at: www.gillateen.blogspot.com
Do Terrorists have the right to remain silent?
By: Travis Case
As last minute shoppers across the U.S. on Christmas Eve 2009 were frantically purchasing gifts for family members, Umar Farouk AbulMatallub, a 23-year old Nigerian citizen, boarded a commercial flight to Detroit from Amsterdam anxious to play Santa too. What was his gift? A pair of underpants loaded with explosives lethal enough to bring down the flight along with 278 American passengers. So, after Matallub is subdued by authorities before he detonates the explosives, he is immediately probed for information and locked away in a cell to never see daylight again. Right? Wrong!
According to a report on CNN.com, "the CIA passed some information about Flight 253 suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab to the federal interagency channel, but they appear not to have passed along all the relevant information that they may have possessed. The National Counterterrorism Center, which was created post-9/11 to "connect the dots," failed to do that and to ask the intelligence community for additional dots".
After the CIA received this amount of limited information, Matallub, shockingly, was later read his Miranda rights and given lawyer. Consequently, as of this moment, Matallub has the right to remain to silent and refuse questioning.
Since when do terrorists have rights? One who commits or is caught on the verge of committing a inhumane act such as blowing up a commercial flight into scrap metal surely shouldn't be treated as a mere murder suspect or armed robber should he? No! People who commit inhumane acts like this should be tried as aliens. "A creature from outer space". He should have been placed in the hands of the U.S. millitary. Torture in most cases is wrong, but Matallub should have been water boarded until he vomited everything in his mental hard drive. Had an American soldier did the same thing in an enemy country he would have been rendered a human pin cushion and wiped off the face of the Earth.
Lets use the events of 9/11 as an example. In your mind, delete the planes that crashed into the twin towers in NYC and substitute them with flying saucers driven by crazed kamikaze aliens. Not to far fetched for a trailer for the next big blockbuster about an alien invasion now is it?
Sadly, the ironic aspect of the entire situation is perhaps, the same freedoms that Americans enjoy, the very freedoms that terrorist cells like Al qaeda hate America for, are the same freedoms he is benefiting from now.