Rick Moran is still hot and bothered for the mythical ticking time bomb scenario so we can have an excuse to rip up the Constitution and torture Shahzad:
Might there be other terrorists in other major American cities waiting to strike as I write this?
Probably! That’s what terrorists do!
And would that be a good enough excuse for the government to arbitrarily waive Mr. Shahzad’s Constitutional rights, designate him an “enemy combatant,” and interrogate him using all legal means at our disposal (I take it as a given that President Obama has rejected “enhanced interrogation” as an option)?
No! Because we have this thing called THE BILL OF RIGHTS!
For some on both sides of the argument, this is an easy question to answer in the affirmative or negative.
Indeed there IS! We call it “the law!”
However, knee jerk ideological reactions from civil liberties absolutists or bloodthirsty right wingers are just not good enough in this situation.
Those who believe in the law, and those who get off torturing people- the same thing! They just have different opinions! But both are extremists compared to our sensible Rick!
It goes on like that for what seems like pages, so I’ll just send you all to this definition of a false dichotomy and save us all some time.
*** Update ***
Rick says I made a hash of his writing:
As is his wont – and the wont of other excessively ideological dimwits on both sides – John Cole exaggerates, takes out of context, and generally makes a hash of my writing.
As far as torture, Cole knows full well I oppose it as strenuously as he does. As for the “ticking bomb scenario,” I have written extensively about how the professionals do not believe it could ever happen.
I’m well aware Rick is against torture, but I have no idea how I made a hash of his writing. I quoted him.