The Difference Between Abdulmutallab and Reid
Several readers have asked: How is what Obama is doing with Abdulmutallab different from what Bush did with Richard Reid?
Simple answer: The Richard Reid attack came almost immediately after 9/11, long before we figured out that we had other options than handing him over to law enforcement. After that came Jose Padilla, who was arrested at the Chicago airport on a mission from KSM to blow up apartment buildings in the United States. He was taken out of the criminal-justice system, declared an illegal enemy combatant, and transferred to the Charleston brig for interrogation.