Hope is the White House’s Counterterrorism Tool?

I was perusing Big Lizards when I saw that he linked to a post by Paul at Power Line that is a must read. Here’s the background. As we know, Abulmutallab is being treated as a common, every day criminal by the Obama administration. After he was arrested, he started talking and informed officials that 25 more people like him were on their way to attack the US. Since he gave us that nugget of information, he has lawyered up and as the online WaPo article states has “restricted his cooperation.” What a surprise. But Paul noted a little discrepancy in that article (emphasis mine):

An earlier version of the Post’s story included this statement: “Authorities are holding out hope that [Abdulmutallab] will change his mind and cooperate with the probe, the officials said.” The Post removed the passage. Whether it did so out of embarrassment for the “officials” or for the newspaper itself is unclear.

Holding out hope that he will change his mind? The Obama administration hasn’t even advanced to using kid gloves with this guy. We all know what will happen with Obama’s criminalizing terrorism. Abulmutallab will talk only after his court appointed lawyer negotiates as lenient a sentence as possible. The White House had better hope none of those 25 men Abulmutallab said were on their way manage to hit their targets before that time.

It’s important to note that Rasmussen Reports has a new poll out today that tells us 58 percent of American voters want US officials to waterboard Abulmutallab to gain necessary intelligence. Even further, 71 percent want the attempted bombing of NW 253 to be treated as an outright terrorist attack that should be investigated by military officials. Only 22 percent want it treated as a civil criminal offense, which is how the Obama administration is currently dealing with it. This is a big neon sign for President Obama that the American people do not have much confidence in his anti-terrorist policies.

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