Prosecution Persecution

One of the most reprehensible developments during the Obama administration is the ongoing threat of prosecuting members of the Bush administration for carrying out their duties in trying to defend the country from terrorism.

The man who has felt the brunt of that threat is former VP Dick Cheney, who has been outspoken in his defense of Bush’s antiterrorism policies. That has made him a target.

The current administration seems more concerned with prosecuting those with whom they have political disagreements than they do in seeking out and destroying terrorist forces that want to kill Americans. True, Obama has had to backpedal some on closing Guantanamo Bay and has attempted to stem the tide in Afghanistan. But sometimes reality gives you no options. Even those who are blind may still sense some kind of threat.

But the public statements of Obama’s people are far more focused on political foes than real ones. Nancy Pelosi’s continuing insistence that the CIA lied to her is one example.

Why are we more concerned about giving Miranda rights to terrorists than the plans of those terrorists? When it was revealed last week that the Congress was not briefed on a proposed plan for killing terrorists, they feigned outrage. “Left out of the loop,” they cried. “We’re being lied to again.” In fact, it was only a proposal; it never went into effect. There was no reason to inform them. But they made it sound like it was a dark, sinister plot of some kind.

Excuse me, but I thought the goal was to stop terrorists from successfully achieving their aims. The current Congress and administration don’t seem too concerned about that. They’re more interested in persecuting their domestic “enemies.” I call it prosecution persecution.