Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is calling for military tribunals to try and convict Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab instead of criminal courts. This in addition to her calls for the reversal of Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay and overrule the Justice Department's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian court.
"President Obama has weakened American security by treating terror as a law enforcement matter, refusing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent attacks, and taking his eye off the ball. America's homeland security and counterterrorism systems will continue to erode in the absence of strong, consistent, unwavering presidential stewardship," said Cheney. "It's time for the President to make defending this nation his top priority."
Cheney makes these comments, despite her father's role in the previous administration, which tried other terrorists in a similar manner, such as shoe bomber Richard Reid, who was tried in civilian courts and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, with three consecutive life sentences to be served consecutively. Apparently, what's good for the goose is not good for the gander.
What is scary about her propositions, which are essentially the same echoed from the right, ranging from voices like Dick Morris and Sarah Palin to the likes of public personalities Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, is that the right desires America to ignore the foundations of the law for which this nation was built upon and allow the military to play an increased role in domestic affairs, much like a rogue dictatorship would use the military to try dissidents. These same people criticize Iran but wish the same thing to occur over here in the States, just with a different name.
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