Mukasey’s Hunting for a “Lone Wolf,” Too

Earlier, I suggested that one reason Joe Lieberman may be anxious to have a hearing on the Fort Hood attack is to serve up Nidal Hasan as a “Lone Wolf” that would require further erosion of the Fourth Amendment.

Well, Lieberman’s not the only one rushing to label Hasan as a “Lone Wolf.” So is Michael Mukasey–at least, he’s describing Hasan as a member of a “leaderless jihad.” (h/t Main Justice)

Michael Mukasey, the U.S. attorney general from 2007 to 2009, criticized an FBI spokesman and a New York Times article that said the gunman, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is not connected to terrorist groups, saying that Osama Bin Laden has sought to create a “leaderless jihad” that promotes solo attacks.

“In that respect, there certainly are very close links to terrorism,” he said during the event’s main address.

“In that respect, this is, in fact, the worst terrorist act carried out on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

“And to tell us to believe that someone has to have a membership card in al-Qaida or any other organization in order for them to act as a terrorist, and in order for us to call what he does an act of terrorism, is to tell us to refuse to look facts in the face, and to refuse to believe what we see and hear with our own eyes and ears.”

And, as a side note, can I just say what a tribute it is to our criminal justice system that the former Attorney General is willing to get up and make these broad declarations without, presumably, any first hand evidence himself?

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15 replies
  1. chetnolian says:

    Just remind me , was there a hunt for lone wolves amongst survivalists after Timothy McVeigh went on his little spree (168 deaths wasn’t it)?

  2. earlofhuntingdon says:

    And, as a side note, can I just say what a tribute it is to our criminal justice system that the former Attorney General is willing to get up and make these broad declarations without, presumably, any first hand evidence himself?

    Had Dr. Hasan been a white christian fundamentalist, would Mr. Former Attorney General have spoken up, I wonder?

    I don’t suppose the “reporter” who obtained these quotes bothered to ask Mr. Mukasey how he came by his “information”, from whom and how he can conclude that it is credible enough to commit what would be slander if not true. Oh, I see that these were prepared remarks for a speech, which means Mikey most likely avoided questions about the basis for his inflammatory, partisan statements.

    Unless he has hard facts, Mr. Mukasey’s statements are the height of irresponsibility. If he has them, when did he get them and who violated their employment rules by giving them to him? How does he know they’re credible and not CYA, just as Holy Joe’s “investigation” is likely to be? If Mikey doesn’t have hard facts, he should STFU and stop trying this case in the newspaper as if he were a Senator and the case involved a brain dead wife in a Florida hospital.

    Mikey is just letting us know, I fear, that he’s still a partisan hack, jumping on the “Obama screwed up” band wagon. Far be it for Mikey to reflect on the wars Mr. Obama inherited and the toll they’ve already cost, including proliferating the number of our enemies, the mad and the broken.

      • earlofhuntingdon says:

        You mean if he were a private lawyer suing the government for spying on his privileged representation of private charities hoping to ameliorate the pain of the broken and dying in the Middle East owing to his boss’s wars? Perhaps not, they’re not allowed to edit investigations of their own misconduct like good ole boys at Main Justice.

        It’s a wonder Mr. Mukasey has time for these speeches, since he ought still to be looking at reports on his own reprehensible stewardship of the DoJ, editing here and fibbing there.

  3. Leen says:

    Concerns coming from two men who have done everything to undermine the constitution, the Geneva Convention (torture) and the rule of law.

    Liebermann started an unnecessary war with a pack of wolves. He is partially responsible for close to a million deaths

  4. earlofhuntingdon says:

    Mukasey’s set speech three days after the event suggests the Goopers are doing a full court press to attack Mr. Obama.

    The Dems, meanwhile, seem to be doing a full court press to suggest that Ft. Hood had nothing to do with politicians’ wars, Congress and the Army’s refusal to consider a draft to staff them, or the toll they are taking on caregivers and soldiers alike.

    • Hmmm says:

      Mukasey’s set speech three days after the event suggests the Goopers are doing a full court press to attack Mr. Obama.

      Ding. See supra at or near “If we stop HCR, we stop Obama.” Any questions?

  5. Leen says:

    “leaderless Jihad’

    Pathetic that Mukasey and Liarman are unable to even fathom that working at Walter Reed Hospital along with being harassed and a future deployment pushed him to the brink

    “A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew the scars of war well.

    “He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy,” Nader Hasan said. “He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091106/ap_on_go_ot/us_fort_hood_shooting_suspect

    • earlofhuntingdon says:

      “Leaderless jihad”. That is, we got nothing but we’re gonna throw around buzz words to scare people. Like claiming that a Gitmo detainee starving himself to death is “asymmetrical warfare” rather than the act of an exhausted, hopeless prisoner.

      • Leen says:

        6 years at Walter Reed counseling, I mean medicating limbless, some mindless, soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan all fucked up.

        Mix that up with Hasan’s faith stir it around then ignore all the warning signs and you get Ft. Hood.

        Did Homeland Security, the military, intelligence officials who knew he had tried to contact Al Queda …fail? All of the above.

        I thought these folks were supposed to be talking and listening to one another.

  6. cinnamonape says:

    I’m wondering where the Liebermann, Mukasey, Hoekstra triumvirate was when Irv Rubin was out on his Jewish Defense League bout of terrorism??

    Who knows what would have turned up if the CIA and NSA had been ordered to spy on Rubin and his associates emails and phone calls, especially those to Israel.

    In addition, there were probably thousands of potential lone wolves out there espousing anti-Muslim hatred and placing a foreign power above the laws of the United States. Where was the Lieberman hunt for “Z*on*st Lone Wolves” on US soil?

  7. MsAnnaNOLA says:

    So let me get this straight…

    Brown person who happens to be muslim goes postal an murders = terrorism

    White people murder people in malls, in homes = not terrorism

    Other soldiers that happen to be white and non-muslim murder fellow soldiers = not terrorism

    WTF. The world has gone mad. Crazy people are crazy people they are everywhere and they are of all different religions.

    Maybe this guy was trained by the US Army to kill. Maybe he used that knowledge to kill because he was crazy.

    Frankly I think we have come to a point where the word terrorism is ceasing to mean much. We are watering it down.

    Terror is a tactic. Brown, muslim people do not have an exclusive francise on this tactic.

    Our government needs to stop using this excuse to constrain our civil liberties.

    How many people die from not having healthcare per year? How many die in this country from terrorism per year? Seriously folks. Terror is not pretty but even with silly arguments by labeling every brown person who kills a terrorist there are statistically very few people killed by terror in this country.

    Terror is a shiny object to distract you from your lack of healthcare or a job and the fact that your future has been given away to wall street.

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