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  • Politico: Is Scott Brown a "Game Changer" on Terrorism?

    In Senator-elect Scott Brown’s victory speech on Tuesday, he boldy stated that “our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation – they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime … In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”

    Politico’s Josh Gerstein today reported on how Brown’s victory — and views on terrorism — may impact President Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism agenda, which to date has included plans to shut-down Guantanamo Bay, moving those prisoners to the mainland United States, and trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed plus five other terrorists in a civilian court in New York City, rather than before a military tribunal.

    From Politico:

    This is a game changer. I think all this stuff is up in the air,” said Bill Martel, a professor of international security studies at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. “My sense is this is an issue of tremendous political vulnerability for the White House and I think what Brown and other Republicans are signaling to the White House is this is going to require a higher level of scrutiny. …Operating under the assumption that we use the status-quo policy, it’s going to be very hard to accomplish what the White House wants to accomplish.

    Heritage’s Sally McNamara wrote yesterday that much of President Obama’s intense popularity in Europe stems from deciding to close Guantanamo and decrying America’s record on ‘torture.” But according to Politico’s report, those issues may not be playing so well at home. From Politico’s interview with pollster Neil Newhouse, an advisor to Brown:

    Newhouse told POLITICO that he was initially dubious about gaining traction on the issue but … put a question on terrorism out on two nights of polling in early January. “It really tested through the roof,” the pollster said. “There’s no question that this played a role in defining the candidates and framing their values.”

    “On the issue of dealing with accused terrorists, for whom would you vote for U.S. Senate if you knew that Scott Brown believes that accused terrorists should be treated as enemy combatants and face military justice [and] Martha Coakley believes that accused terrorists should be provided constitutional rights and tried in civilian courts?” the Brown camp’s poll asked. Respondents split 61% to 29% in Brown’s favor, Newhouse said.

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    3 Responses to Politico: Is Scott Brown a "Game Changer" on Terrorism?

    1. Bob McKenna, Florida says:

      It's difficult for me to understand why those 29% of the respondents in the poll believe that terrorists (who want to destroy our way of life by waging war against us) should be afforded the same rights and access to a trial in criminal court as citizens of this country who violate our laws. It might be that they do not fully understand the difference. But then, Eric Holder apparently doesn't understand the difference, does he?

    2. RJM, Chicago says:

      Progress is all about which direction you're heading in.

      The Scott Brown win is just emblematic of a bigger problem the Obama administration is running in to: People have wised up to the progressive Left agenda he came to Washington to implement.

      Progress is a nice word, but if you are progressing towards nothing, or worse still, towards a Saul Alinsky-like vision of America, then we need to change direction.

      Check out this post: http://rjmoeller.com/2010/01/scott-brown-obamacar

    3. Pingback: Turns Out Brown Can Do Plenty for You : Smart Girl Nation

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