Josh Bernstein points out that the Underpants Bomber case and the Shoe Bomber case were virtually identical, except that the Shoe Bomber case occurred on George W. Bush’s watch, and the Democrats decided to pass up the opportunity to demagogue the issue. Steve Benen adds that two of the four organizers of the latest venture were released from Gitmo and sent to Saudi Arabia for “art therapy rehabilitation.” That was in 2007. I wonder who was President at the time?
Oh, and the Shoe Bomber, Richard Reid, was tried and convicted in civilian court and is now serving a life term. That seemed to satisfy Republicans at the time, but now Peter King is demanding a military commission. So is Tom Ridge. How is it possible to take these people seriously?