Terrorists & Cognitive Dissonance

There are wannabe terrorists amongst us:

The Michigan-based militia group charged with conspiring to kill police officers is preparing for battle with the Antichrist, according to a Web site purportedly run by the group.

"Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment,"Hutaree.com reads. "The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming."

This is what the Al-Qaeda does. They distort Islam to serve their political purposes. Hutaree is the first of the Christianist groups who have been twisting Christianity into something unseemly as an excuse for their twisted view of the world—and they’re one of the first in this growing wing of extremists to get caught clinging to their guns and religion.

But there’s a major side-point to be made. Conor Freidersdorf:

Imagine that President Obama actually treated the Michigan suspects in this fashion — that he removed them entirely from the United States criminal justice system, shipped them to Guantanamo Bay, rammed their heads against walls, water boarded them dozens of times each day, placed them in stress positions, stripped them naked to humiliate them, etc. And that this continued for months. What if he detained them for years, never charging them with a crime, or offering any evidence of their guilt save his word and a folder full of documents classified top secret that no one else was allowed to see. If the President of the United States had that power, you might say, he could seize any innocent person on earth, accuse him of being a terrorist, and imprison him for life, or at least until the end of his tenure. He could seize Andy McCarthy himself, and what procedural argument could the man make?

There’s a level of cognitive dissonance going on here that’s indefensible. When will it end?

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