Michele Bachmann is pissed Obama didn't declare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an enemy combatant

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Bachmann believes the government should be able to classify American citizens arrested on American soil as enemy combatants. Slippery slope much?
Michele Bachmann and John Kriesel have something in common -- they're both upset federal agents didn't altogether disregard whatever constitutional rights Boston bombing suspect and American citizen Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has.

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During a recent appearance on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show, Bachmann said the Obama administration's decision not to classify Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant is a "miscarriage of justice." That classification would've allowed officials to question Tsarnaev indefinitely before any charges were pressed.

"Now we have essentially duct tape over the mouth of this terrorist and we can't use him to link together this treasure trove of information," said Bachmann, who is a lawyer (as the Huffington Post wryly notes). "The people hurt the most are the people watching your show and innocent Americans all across the United States. That shouldn't be."

During the Van Susteren segment, Bachmann characterized Tsarnaev as an "Islamic jihadist," "terrorist number two" (number one presumably being his deceased brother), and described the Boston bombings as being tantamount to a declaration of war.

Given her belief that Tsarnaev is so obviously guilty he shouldn't have the right to a trial in a court of law, Bachmann blames President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for jeopardizing public safety.

"Trust me, this decision would have been made at the top level," Bachmann told Van Susteren. "That's why we have to question Eric Holder and the president of the United States. Who made this decision?"

Compare Bachmann's legal philosophy to that of lawyer and revolutionary John Adams. As Glenn Greenwald notes, Adams worked as a defense attorney on behalf of British soldiers who were accused of murdering five colonists in Boston (of all places) in 1770. Adams later called his service on behalf of those soldiers "one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions of my whole life, and one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country."

If you'd like to see the footage of Bachmann's Van Susteren appearance, click here.

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senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Why are people like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allowed into to our country, in the first place? It seems to me that we could eliminate jihad terrorism in our country, if we just barred the entry of Muslims into the U.S. The world is a very large place, there is plenty of room for Muslims outside the U.S. They do not need to be here or in Europe. We are worlds apart, and we do not mix well; but until Americans and Europeans realize this, we will continue to fight this clash of civilizations on our own turf, on their terms, and events like 9/11, Fort Hood, and Boston will become a regular part of American life.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

Honor among Thieves and Terrorists. The parasite class of losers seem to be Haters. They Hate the fact that they can't live their dirty little lives with out having to answer to anybody for their irresponsible behavior. This lady is trying to protect your dumb asses from monsters that mean to do you harm and you scorn her ? What a bunch of Pathetic Losers. Why don't you go Occupy something like a job for the first time in your worthless entitlement lives ?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Does anybody remember when we at least pretended to set the rules of our society based on our standards, and not on the standards of the criminals and bad guys we were trying to protect our society from?  When we felt that America was worth protecting because we acted better than the people who opposed us?  When it was really important to us to follow the rules we established, especially when we felt that offenders didn't deserve it, to prove we were above that?  Didn't we even call that "The American Way?"


Or is it just me, and I'm mistaken about that?

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

Yes, the politician who probably cited the constitution the most seems to not understand the document.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i was in EP on lunhc wearing re-elect keith ellison t shirt- the nasty looks i got at costco - WOW - like people think i worship that other god. anyone who is into god or allah is a complete fucking idiot. no refuting that.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

like it matters how he is classified to us peons


dont you people get that you are all slaves to the machine 

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

if he as a us citizen is declared a combatant, we as a nation will forgo numerous rights bestowed upon us by the constitution. its funny that the same people who want this are also afraid that "the muslim commie black president" will take their guns away...

Mo Bluntz
Mo Bluntz

Michelle Bachmann is a stupid bitch.

Gabriel Millerd
Gabriel Millerd

She is a terrorism recruiting vehicle if there ever was one. Taking up the challenge the Rummy

Preston Stockert
Preston Stockert

Yeeeea what he's linked to isn't the greatest to say the LEAST. But, he still is a US citizen and deserves rights in the legal system. If he's proven guilty, do what you will. But until then, follow the law. The citizens will notice the integrity behind the governments actions.

Preston Stockert
Preston Stockert

Thats literally all I could think of watching this interview.

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

Like she has a leg to stand on with anyone with a brain

Dave Troy
Dave Troy

As soon as Jim Graves fires her!

David Farr
David Farr

"...duct tape over the mouth of this terrorist." I would love to feel the same way about Bachmann.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@senatortombstone Small minded American citizens said the same things about your ancestors at the time.

 That's why.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kent Klinger Puh-leeez!  Bachmann hasn't done *anything* that isn't good for Bachmann.  She hasn't written a single piece of legislation in any term!  Instead, she's zooming around the country making bank for speaking engagements, trying to drum up enough celebrity to cash in on the "Sarah Palin" phenomenon when she's eventually drummed out of her office.

What exactly do *you* think she's doing to "protect us?"

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy It's now called the "Obama" Way. So are you saying that this man deserves a fair trail when he has already admitted guilt? 

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

@Dana Froehlig Actually, it doesn't matter whether or not he is a US citizen. The constitution uses the term "person." or in some amendments makes no reference to "person" or "citizen" at all. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Damian Amberg I don't see anyone campaigning to declare Adam Lanza or James Holmes (both killed more people) as enemy combatants.  Why do you suppose that is?  Oh right.  Because they're white guys and not muslims.

keny1
keny1

@Lauren Clauer When Liberals go away. 

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

@_Joe_ @senatortombstone not sure what you are talking about. My ancestors, people of European descent, built this country. They did it for themselves, for their people, and for their descendants. They did not intend for us to cast the pearls of our inheritance to ungrateful, seditious third-world swine. I have no ill will towards Muslims, I wish them well, as long as they are in their corner of the globe. Just leave us alone in ours. I am in the majority. Most of us are just afraid to say it. The stakes are getting higher and higher. We won't pass quietly into the night.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@keny1 No, Keny.  I'm saying we should run our Justice system according to American values.  Not according to the standards set by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or Osama bin Laden.  We'll have a trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and despite the dire warnings of the 'fraidy-cat torture mongers, our society won't fall apart.  Of course we have been torturing his children.  We had a trial for Timothy McVeigh.  Why do we have to fold, spindle and mutilate the Constitution for a dipshit like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

And while we're at it, let's have a little perspective.  Despite the media juiciness of the Boston bombing, the explosion in West, Texas killed a lot more people, did a lot more property damage, and poses a vastly larger danger to Americans.  There are a lot more completely unregulated, extremely dangerous manufacturing facilities right near where you live than most of us know.  The odds of being killed or injured by them are many orders of magnitude greater than the odds of being a viictim of a terror attack.  But that isn't politically usefiul to the corporate elites, so instead we get 24/7/365 terror fear-mongering, with the insistence that we scrap our values and re-write them on the criminals' terms.

keny1
keny1

@_Joe_ Let me explain it in terms that your small mind can understand.

First Adam Lanza is dead, so therefore he could not be considered an enemy combatant. 

James Holmes has severe mental issues. He killed people for the joy of killing people.

Neither Lanza nor Holmes killed in the name of religion nor due to their hatred of America (although in Lanza's case, he did admit that he hated Christianity, but that had nothing to do with his rampage: He killed those kids because he was supposedly "bullied" when he went to school there and somehow in his sick mind, he thought that they were responsible (no, I don't understand it either)).

My point is, both of these "men" killed others due to severe mental issues. They had no escape plan. They killed "just because". 

The Boston bombers had a calculated plan of not only attack, but get-away. They knew exactly what they were doing and they were doing it in the name of religion and hatred of America (and Americans). Therefore, they are terrorists (but of course Obama refused to refer to them as that.) And therefore they are enemy combatants. If they had not been confronted by police, they had a plan to attack NYC (according to your own MSNBC "news"), they would have wrecked even more havoc there. 

But according to you, he deserves a "fair trail". No he doesn't. He deserves a bullet that has been soaked in pork fat delivered right to his brain. He has already admitted guilt and don't you find it funny now that he has been read his Miranda rights, he is all of a sudden silent. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@keny1 I'll take that bet.  What's your wager?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@senatortombstone Oh right.  I forgot that there was nobody here when "people of European descent" landed on Plymouth Rock.  Good work though... not many people can trace their family back that far.  It's also pretty rare that your bloodline is purely from that batch of explorers and that there's not a drop from anyone who may have immigrated afterward.  Pretty amazing actually.

Onan
Onan

@keny1 @_Joe_ "Neither Lanza nor Holmes killed in the name of religion..."

Using your failed logic,  those who bomb abortion clinics should be labeled "enemy combatants" as well.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@keny1 I don't give a shit why these two clowns killed people.  That's not my problem.  I care about how we're going to re-assert American values.  The core of Americanism has always been "We're a nation of Laws, not a nation of Men."  Of course we haven't always, or even often, lived up to that, but it's a worthwhile value.  That's what makes America worth protecting.  If we're going to give in to vengeance, sink to the level of the criminals, then we might as well just scrap it all.  Then we're just another brute-force regime.

When you let yourself be defined by those you despise, you're pretty much throwing in the towel.  I happen to think American ideals are a lot more valuable than that.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@keny1 I'll agree with you that he's a criminal.  Unfortunately buddy, the law of the land does not take motivation into account when prosecuting criminals.  It wouldn't matter if he did what he did because he hated pink bunny slippers.  It doesn't matter.  

Whatever he said or didn't say may or may not be used against him in court.  Hell if he confesses (legally) then there won't even be a trial.  The point is that we, as Americans, must stick to due process of the law.  If we start breaking our own rules because of the way we are attacked, then we are actually letting those who attack us control us.  By following the laws we have agreed upon as a nation, we say, "No.  Fuck you.  We're America and we do things our way, and you won't change that."

If a pork fat bullet is what his sentence is, then I will happily volunteer to deliver it, but I don't want to see the actions of this little punk ass bitch dictate the actions (and precedent) of my entire country.

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