Why Do We Treat Terrorists Like Criminals?
Terrorists are not criminals; so why do we continue
treating them as if they are?
Our laws and justice system are designed to fight
crime. From the petty criminal to organized crime bosses, they know what to
expect if they are caught and brought to trial. Most of them accept this as a
cost of doing business.
Terrorists are also familiar with western laws and
criminal justice systems, and they know how to use them to their advantage.
In most western countries there is no death penalty. A
terrorist may get life, but he knows he will probably be out in a few years on
appeal, good conduct, or some other phoney reason.
Terrorists also know how to manipulate our justice
systems. The Al-Qaeda training manual contains specific instructions on this;
and we see them being carried out
everyday. Detainees claim torture, desecration of the
Koran, violations of their civil rights, humiliation, ad infinitum.
Slick defense lawyers then raise ‘reasonable doubt’
and the terrorist ends up back on the streets to kill and maim again. This has
already happened with many of those released from Guantanamo Bay.
What also seems to have escaped the attention of the
legal system is that a conviction is probably just what the terrorist wants.
These are people who think nothing of blowing
themselves up in the hope of taking at least one infidel with them. They seek
death and martyrdom. If they are prepared to do this, why would they balk at a
couple of years in prison? And why would they actually welcome prison time? The
answer is very simple – to recruit and convert the disaffected in our prisons.
Many newspapers have reported on the rise in converts
to Islam in U.S. prisons as
well as in prisons in the United Kingdom,
Australia, Germany, Italy,
Spain, France, Philippines, and other countries.
This does not paint a rosy picture for the future. Converting and recruiting
criminals is a first step in the formation of a fifth column and the
establishment of sleepers. Once released or paroled, these criminals then seek
to convert and recruit others and will use their criminal networks to aid the
global Jihad being waged by bin-Laden and his henchmen.
Criminals tend to act in the selfish interests of
personal and/or financial gain. Doing time behind bars severely limits this
capacity, so they prefer to avoid arrest and trial.
Islamic terrorists, on the other hand, are not out for
personal or financial gain. Their loyalty is to their cause. Their goal is the
complete destruction of western civilization – especially the United States –
and the establishment of a global caliphate based on the Koran and Sharia law.
Prison is the perfect environment for conversion and recruitment.
No terrorist has ever shown sincere remorse for his
actions, nor have any been “rehabilitated.” Imprisoning these people among
common criminals, gang-bangers and members of organized crime families is
playing right into their hands. Many of these are hardened criminals with no
love or respect for the law and would be only too willing to be recruited – if
not actually converted.
Affording terrorists the same rights under the
Constitution and laws of this country as Americans is a very big mistake that
will come back to bite us in the butt.
Most Islamic terrorists are not US citizens and have
no visible means of support. This means that when they come to trial, the
American taxpayer foots the bill for their defense. Given bin-Ladin’s and
al-Qaeda’s stated goal of undermining and destroying the American economy, the more
terrorists brought to trial, the more tax dollars are spent for their defense.
This money has to come from somewhere – and that means taxes.
We must pass new laws to deal exclusively with
terrorism that should include the death penalty, and no right of appeal for
terrorist acts resulting in loss of life.