The pro-war, any war crowd is whooping and hollering over Obama’s kidnapping of Abu Anas al-Libi. These folks may not like many of Obama’s policies, but any exercise of executive force makes them melt into puddles of red-white-and-blue love.
Judge Andrew Napolitano offers these words of warning to this kind of behavior:
Fact: We are not at war with Libya. Fact: We cannot lawfully – under international law, American law or Libyan law – engage in law enforcement or offensive operations in Libya without the express consent of the local and national authorities. Fact: As a defendant in federal court in the Second Circuit, al-Libi must be brought to a federal judge in New York City within 48 hours of his arrest.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for him in lower Manhattan, as the feds will “debrief” al-Libi aboard ship before turning him over to federal prosecutors for trial. One can only imagine what that debriefing will be like. It will no doubt consist of torture. That’s why the interrogation is being conducted on the high seas, where the government will claim it is free to disobey any federal law. And that’s why the Geneva Conventions prohibit housing prisoners of war aboard ship.
The rogue regime in DC knows this, but does not care. At the moment, it feels immune to blowback, despite the lesson of 9/11. Let’s see how much longer it can keep its eyes shut to reality.
Those patriots who swoon at the sight of “our” boys in action had better remember that this is a “global” war on terror, and the armed forces of the DC Empire not only claim that its power extends to the “homeland,” but that the rules of engagement–actually, no rules limiting who can be detained or even snuffed–also apply to the entire globe. That includes the place where you live.