Times Square Attack Proves Cheney Wrong
Treating terrorists like criminals works just fine
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 4, 2010 10:37 AM CDT
Former Vice President, and surprise guest, Dick Cheney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – The foiled Times Square bombing proves yet again that Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and the other conservatives who argue that terrorism is “an act of war” that can't be treated like a normal crime are dead wrong, writes Fred Kaplan for Slate. Police caught Faisal Shahzad the old-fashioned way: by checking for forensic clues, reviewing video footage, questioning witnesses, and so forth. “Terrorism may be a campaign of war,” Kaplan argues, “but it manifests itself in criminal acts.”

New York has seen nine foiled terrorist attacks since 9/11, all prevented thanks to informants and arrests. Civilian courts have convicted 319 terrorists, while military tribunals have managed a paltry three—two of whom were eventually released. The incident also proves that busy urban centers, with many citizens to provide "eyes upon the street," are tough targets for terrorists. And although the video lead hasn't panned out, it demonstrates the potential value of New York's oft-vilified street security cameras.

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SilenceDogood
May 5, 2010 11:32 AM CDT
This twit is correct only because the bomb did not explode, it it had, he would have written how Cheney was right. What a hack.
Michael Fichera
May 5, 2010 2:19 AM CDT
You guys honestly believe they didn't use any of the powers granted by the patriot act?...then you are oh so naive.
passinthru
May 4, 2010 10:45 PM CDT
what ISNT this pompous jackhole wrong about? can we just throw his ass in jail and get it over with?!!??!