As more information has come out about what happened in the days following the the underwear bomber's failed attempt to blow up a blame, the hypocrisy of the Republican Party continues to glow even brighter than before.
In 2001, after the shoe bomber he was mirandized, interrogated under United States law, and tried and convicted in a civilian courts. At the time there were absolutely no complaints from Republicans and conservatives alike because as everyone knows they cornered the market on terrorism because of 9/11 so if they weren't complaining about how the shoe bomber was being treated then apparently they approved of the whole situation.
Fast forward to almost exactly eight years later and we are going down the same path with the underwear bomber and yet the Republicans and conservatives alike are whining like a five year old who just had their favorite toy taken away. What's the difference in the two cases that suddenly have the terror party in a tither? Both men attempted to blow up planes in flight ... no difference. Both men were read their Miranda rights upon being arrested ... no difference. Both men were interrogated without use of torture (sorry I mean enhanced interrogation techniques) and gave up valuable information ... no difference. At this point in both cases both men were going to be tried in civil courts ... no difference. Wait, it's got to be the method used by the suspects. One was only using shoes. while this one was using his ... u-n-d-e-r-w-e-a-r ... eww. No that couldn't possibly be the reason.
The true answer is simple and purely political. The shoe bomber was captured and tried under President Bush, who after all "kept us safe"© while the underwear bomber is being tried under Satan himself President Barack Hussein Obama. It's silly at best and pathetic at worst that the Republicans are attempting for the eighth year in a row to turn terrorism in a political football. They have either completely forgotten or choose to ignore the glaring hypocrisy that is shining from them. Naturally their defenders will attempt to twist and spin the differences every which way but the bottom line is there is no difference in the two cases, just a difference in who the president is.
The other hypocritical action that the Republican leadership has taken is that they were briefed from the very beginning by the White House and were very thankful that the underwear bomber had been captured and was in custody, only to come out later in the day and for the rest of 2009 decrying that the underwear bomber was being treated as a common criminal (which of course an outright lie). There reason is simple they are playing to the extreme right in this country. The portion of our populace that believes that we should be so afraid that we can barely get out of bed in the morning and that the only party that can keep us this scared are the Republicans. The majority of Americans saw through this smokescreen of constant fear four years ago. The Republicans have lost two elections since the American public stopped playing into their fear scream that they have been lobbing at us since 9/11 but Republicans and conservatives apparently believe that this is still a winning formula so expect them to keep up the fear card ... even when they don't agree with it.