If the United States really, in the words of President Barack Obama, wishes to keep “looking forward” instead of backward when it comes to the violent legal limbo that is the Bush administration’s legacy, someone might want to ensure New York State Senator Greg Ball (R) gets a copy of that memo.
In several separate instances this weekend, Sen. Ball has advocated torturing the teen police are accusing of helping execute the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured more than 140.
“So, scum bag #2 in custody,” he wrote on Twitter Friday night. “Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?”
“Terrorists play by a different set of rules by manipulating the greatest strengths of our open society against us,” he said in the prepared text. “One of the questions to be asked is this: is “torture” ever justified in the war against terror, if it can save lives? I am not shy in joining those who say yes, and I believe we must give those tasked with protecting us every constitutional and effective tool to do so.”
As Ball’s staff circulated that statement to reporters, former deputy CIA director Phillip Mudd appeared on Fox News to explain that 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother of the deceased alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, should really be charged with murder instead of terrorism.
“This looks more to me like Columbine than it does al Qaeda,” he said. “Two kids who radicalized between themselves in a closed circle go out and commit murder. I would charge these guys as murders, not terrorists.”
Stephen C. Webster
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