Assume Brandon Mayfield had been under investigation in connection with a terrorist attack in the United States, rather than the one in Spain, and that therefore no foreign police agency had been involved to challenge the FBI’s fingerprint squad.
Would he now be in Guantanamo, held without time limit as an “unlawful combatant,” deprived of access to counsel, and subjected to “aggressive” interrogation, and subject to trial by a military tribunal? If not, why not?
And will any of the people who have been pushing the idea that American Muslims (such as Mr. Brandon and Capt. Yee) constitute a potential fifth column for terrorists ever admit that their words have consequences?