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Republicans want U.S. to treat terrorists as war makers not individual criminals

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

 WASHINGTON, D.C (Press Release)- House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohion on Wednesday issued the following statement on the attempted airline terrorist attack as well as the Obama Administration’s response:

“The terrorist plot to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 exposed a near-catastrophic failure at every level of our government.  News reports suggest our government had intelligence in hand that this attack was coming, yet did not piece together all the information and take the necessary actions to prevent it.  The system clearly did not work, and I’m glad the President finally acknowledged that yesterday.
 
“Just as troubling is the Administration’s treatment of this matter as a mere law enforcement issue.  We’re fighting a war on terror, and this was a terrorist act.  Our first priority should be gaining intelligence to help prevent the next attack.  The threat we face is real, and we don’t need to downplay it.  We need to do a better job of connecting the dots and putting in place a homeland security and intelligence plan that helps prevent future attacks before they ever get off the ground.  We know al Qaeda is plotting more attacks, and our security depends on gaining critical intelligence and connecting those dots.
 
“The Administration’s response following this attempted attack is consistent with its dangerous decision to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay and bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terrorists to trial in the United States through civilian courts, rather than the military commissions already in place.  We know the decision to close this prison has not stopped al Qaeda from plotting attacks on Americans, turning these terrorists over to other countries is not working, and we shouldn’t import them into the United States.  It’s time for the President to halt terrorist transfers to other countries, including Yemen, and to reevaluate his decision to close the prison at Guantanamo.
 
“All year long, Republicans have asked the question: what is this Administration’s overarching strategy to confront the terrorist threat and keep America safe?  The American people deserve answers to this question, and Republicans will push for the type of aggressive oversight to give them confidence that their government is doing everything it can to detect and stop future attacks, rather than just responding to them after they happen.”

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Preceding provided by Congressman Boehner

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  1. carol ann goldstein
    January 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    The US has many contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan and they have immunity from being prosecuted under the laws of these countries. A prominent example is Blackwater whose employees recently had a case against them thrown out of a US court because of the method of gathering evidence against them- these employees killed 17 Iraqi civilians. Are the lives of citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan worth less than the lives of Americans? No contractor should have immunity from being prosecuted under the laws of the lands where they work. If a member of the US military did what these Blackwater employees did, he would be severly punished and held accountable for his actions. This is a terrible double standard. Who knows how many crimes of violence have been committed by US contractors against the citizens of the lands where they work.

  2. carol ann goldstein
    January 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    House Republican Leader John Boehner said:
    “We’re fighting a war on terror, and this was a terrorist act. Our first priority should be gaining intelligence to help prevent the next attack. The threat we face is real, and we don’t need to downplay it. We need to do a better job of connecting the dots and putting in place a homeland security and intelligence plan that helps prevent future attacks before they ever get off the ground. We know al Qaeda is plotting more attacks, and our security depends on gaining critical intelligence and connecting those dots.”

    I recall that the Bush Administration did not connect the dots in 2001 and that resulted in the 9/11 attacks.

    I would like House Republican Leader John Boehner to classify all terrorists as war makers not individual criminals including the following:
    1. The various white supremacist groups in the US such as the KKK, the Neo-Nazis and the Skinheads.
    2. The groups who oppose non-white immigrants such as FAIR who terrorize and kill non white immigrants.
    3. The groups who oppose gay people.
    4. The groups who oppose abortion and terrorize and kill those at abortion clinics and doctors who perform abortions such as the recent murder at a Church during Sunday service..
    5. The various militia groups who oppose the US government.

    I would like House Republican Leader John Boehner to think about why there is terrorism and create policies to change the way the US conducts foreign policy so there is no attraction to attack the US. I would like House Republican Leader John Boehner to create policies that teach and encourage tolerance for all residents of the US and the world.

    The terrorism of today is a product of US foreign policy in the Middle East and Asia since WWII and of European colonialism in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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