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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is Another Pawn in the Terror War

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Failed airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is yet another pawn in the terror war. Terror suspects take center stage not just in how they're prosecuted, but how the terrorism fight is being waged. President Obama took the predictable heat from Bush counter terrorism officials, top GOP senators and Joe Lieberman when he decided to try Abdulmutallab in an open, civilian court. Obama's decision also goes against the grain of public opinion which opposes civilian trials for terror suspects.

Lieberman and the GOP leaders say that Abdulmutallab and others like him will get the legal and constitutional protections that war combatants should not get. Prosecutors and investigators, they say, can't wring information out of him that could be used to hunt down other terrorists.

The argument is bogus and dangerous. Federal courts are tightly secured. Federal judges and prosecutors have ample legal tools to prevent any classified information from slipping out, and federal prosecutors have a well established track record of convicting terror suspects. Judges routinely impose tough sentences on them. The opposition to a civilian court trial for Abdulmutallab rests on the presumption that he is guilty, and that he has secrets to tell, and will tell them, in a military court, but not in a civilian court. The charges against Abdulmutallab are criminal charges, and as with any defendant charged with a crime, he's presumed innocent. The aim of a criminal trial is not to wring real or imagined secrets out of a suspect, but to get a conviction; a conviction that sticks, and a prison sentence that guarantees that he doesn't waltz out of prison anytime soon. Civilian trials even for men such as Abdulmutallab send two crucial messages. The legal system can get convictions without trampling on defendant's rights. It is a shield against legal abuses and is a firm deterrent to serious crime.

The notion that a military court can get secrets out of Abdulmutallab is pure conjecture. Presuming that he had any secrets to tell the only conceivable way that he'd tell them would be to subject him to enhanced techniques or less politely, harsh interrogation techniques, or let's call it what it is, torture. A Rasmussen poll shows that a majority of Americans think torture should be used against Abdulmutallab. But studies have shown that torture doesn't work. Terror suspects will lie, exaggerate, embellish, invent, and concoct stories to make their interrogators stop the abuse. Their interrogators are more than happy to gloat over extracting false or fabricated confessions because getting any information out of a suspect no matter how far-fetched and useless serves as rationale and justification for their dirty work. The paltry information plucked out of suspects beaten, water boarded, subject to cold, heat, and sleep deprivation, and round the clock interrogation at Gitmo is ample proof that torture as an effective technique is a flop.

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other (more...)
 

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