Newly official Republican candidate for president wants to offer Osama Bin Laden due process. Thompson said on Monday that “while Osama bin Laden needs to be caught and killed, the terrorist mastermind would get the due process of law.”
On Friday, Thompson told reporters in Iowa that bin Laden is “more symbolism than anything else” and said his presence in the “mountains of Pakistan or Afghanistan is not as important as there are probably al-Qaida operatives inside the United States of America.”
The remarks drew criticism from some Democratic rivals and later in the day, Thompson adopted a tougher line, saying bin Laden “ought to be caught and killed.”
On Monday, Thompson said he wasn’t suggesting that bin Laden’s death would happen immediately after his capture.
“No, no, no, we’ve got due process to go through” depending on the circumstances, he said. “I’m not suggesting those things happen simultaneously.”
This would be the same Fred Thompson who “provided advice to a colleague about one of his law firm’s new clients: The man representing the two Libyan intelligence officials charged in the terrorist bombing.” Imagine the uproar from the wingnuts if the same had come out about John Edwards. Apparently to some on the right, Thompson’s comments are merely a “tempest in a teapot.” Tempest in a teapot? There’s more at Politico and The Carpetbagger Report.