Alleged isolated extremist pleads 'not guilty'

Writing in the National Review Online, Charles Krauthammer observed:

On Wednesday, Nigerian would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was indicted by a Michigan grand jury for attempted murder and sundry other criminal charges. The previous day, the State Department announced that his visa had been revoked. The system worked.Well, it did for Abdulmutallab. What he lost in flying privileges he gained in Miranda rights. He was singing quite freely when seized after trying to bring down Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit. But the Obama administration decided to give him a lawyer and the right to remain silent. We are now forced to purchase information from this attempted terrorist in the coin of leniency. Absurdly, Abdulmutallab is now in control.

His prediction was accurate . Mr. Abdulmutallab, now all lawyered and Miradaed up,

made a brief appearance today in U.S. District Court in Detroit, where he entered a not guilty plea on charges that include using a weapon of mass destruction, according to MSNBC.The hearing lasted minutes as Abdulmutallab indicated he understood the charges and entered his plea.


Will Detroit, which is in even worse financial shape than New York, also have to cough up untold millions in security and lawyers and other expenses so this alleged isolated extremist can get a fair trial to prove to the world what a fair and honest and unbiased country America really is? Will US taxpayers (that's us!) have to pay to listen to his sob story, how he is an innocent victim, lonely and put upon by the mean white Western world which is truly guilty of the almost Christmas Day horror?

In the twisted world of the boundaries of the forthcoming two terror trials, the isolated extremists will not be on trial. We will.