Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Arming the Terrorist






Uber-terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a Abu Hamza al-Masri, has been extradited to the United States and is now caught short-handed.  The Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshal's Service consider the prosthetic metal hooks he uses for his arms (blown off, along with an eye, after an encounter with an explosive device in Afghanistan) as potentially dangerous weapons.

So now, a new set of prostheses, supposedly softer and less dangerous, are being custom-made for him at the U.S. taxpayer's expense.

This does not really bother me.  I do believe that reasonable accommodation should be made for people with physical disabilities.

As for the expense, it should be made clear that those new prostheses are the property of the United States Government.  Once this is done:

A.  Anyone who willfully damages them, including Mustafa himself, can be prosecuted for destroying U.S. Government property; and

B.  After Mustafa dies, the prostheses can be auctioned off, possibly for more than they cost the government to manufacture.

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