- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009



Bruce Fein, a constitutional lawyer, claims that “Bush-Cheney lawlessness” made the United States “more, not less, vulnerable to terrorism” in some respects (“Did usurpations work?” Commentary, Tuesday). I submit that the 7-year record since Sept. 11, 2001, tells us that the Bush administration’s efforts to keep America safe worked, and Mr. Fein gives no evidence that we are more vulnerable. In fact, he gives us examples of attacks on America that occurred before George W. Bush’s presidency: the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 USS Cole attack. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, the United Sates has not been attacked. So where’s the evidence that we are more vulnerable?

Mr. Fein also states that the Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be tried in American civilian courts, which he knows changes the rules of evidence compared to a military tribunal. As Andrew C. McCarthy - the lead prosecutor in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case - states in his book “Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad,” between 1993 and 2001, even if we had a 100 percent conviction rate in American courts, we would have neutralized less than three dozen terrorists at a staggering cost. We can “neutralize” that many in one day on the battlefield.



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