"Last Tuesday, the President of the United States signed into law the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. As President Obama was signing this bill into law, Bradley [Manning] and I were in the courtroom for [his trial]…How can you reconcile that? I don’t know the answer to that question."
— David Coombs, lawyer for Bradley Manning, the jailed soldier accused by the government of leaking national security information to WikiLeaks.
UPDATE 8: Friday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m. EST: Where do the GOP presidential hopefuls stand on the Marine video? There’s no way of knowing, because not one has released a statement on it, and no reporter has yet pressed them for an opinion.
The candidates have long attacked President Obama’s anti-terrorism and war strategies and made the case that they can keep America safer, but on this issue they’re eerily silent.
There are three more Republican debates between now and Tuesday, when voters in South Carolina select their preferred candidate; it remains to be seen whether the aspiring commanders-in-chief will address the Marines’ behavior, and its implications for US foreign policy and a culture of respect and dignity.
[B[y convicting Mehanna of material support for terrorism based on his online activities, the prosecution may have established a path through which the government can throw people in prison on terrorism charges for expressing abhorrent opinions, even if the individual in question has no direct ties to a terrorist organization.
“It would be myopic in the extreme to view the flow of oil to the United States as a legitimate national security issue but to view the flow of foreign capital into Treasury securities as a matter of no particular concern.”
Anyone can be a terrorist. Even two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. That’s Rummy getting a nice rub-down from the folks at TSA at Chicago O’Hare. Rumsfeld was reportedly on his way to Betty Ford’s funeral.
Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community get underway tomorrow morning, and we’ve got you covered: Here’s everything you need to know about the witnesses and congressmen who’ll grill them; and here’s our report on Rep. King’s own radical past as an Irish Republican Army fundraiser.