Whiskey Tango Friday

The trial of 9/11 masterminds on American soil is bad enough.

It sets the standard that terrorists have the normal rights of any American citizen.

It sets the standard that a war must be conducted under the rules of normal police work (wanna lay odds on those guys getting read their Miranda rights while being pulled out of whatever cave they were hiding in?. And even folks whose knowledge of the law ends at the last episode of CSI know that if you’re in a court, and didn’t get Mirandized, you walk).

but THIS is just assinine.

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges.

The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named “Objective Amber,” told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

I could understand if the crap had been beaten out of him (deserved or not), but a bloody lip?

That is just Al Qaeda doing what they do best. Understanding our rules and using them against us.

*** UPDATE ***
Outrage from the blogosphere…

Uncle Jimbo is not amused: “Unless this guy shows up with multiple compound fractures caused by the repeated use of a chunk of rebar long after he was in custody in the rear, I will go on record as saying I don’t give a f**k.”

awesome. love it.

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