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Friday, May 29, 2009

Just Give 'em a Cookie...

Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden's chief bodyguard, sworn to take a bullet for bin Laden rather than to let him be captured, had been sitting in a Yemeni prison for over a year when FBI and NCIS officers arrived to question him in the aftermath of 9/11.

According to an article by Bobby Ghosh, Time Magazine, Abu Jandal was one scary guy. His guards, in fact, were so intimidated by him that they wore masks when dealing with him so that he wouldn't find out their identity. Abu Jandal had no intention of cooperating with authorities and continued to insist that the attacks of 9/11 were the work of Israel's Mossad. According to Ghosh, "While Abu Jandal was venting his spleen, Soufan (Ali Soufan of the FBI) noticed that he didn't touch any of the cookies that had been served with tea: "He was a diabetic and couldn't eat anything with sugar in it." At their next meeting, the Americans brought him some sugar-free cookies, a gesture that took the edge off Abu Jandal's angry demeanor. "We had showed him respect, and we had done this nice thing for him," Soufan recalls. "So he started talking to us instead of giving us lectures (about the evils of the West)".

Cookies? SUGAR-FREE COOKIES???!!!!! Are you kidding me? So while American interrogators have been busying themselves with Waterboarding, Palestinian Crucifixion (Strappado), Sweatboxes, and Sexual Abuse and Humiliation all they needed to do was to serve tea and cookies? (Could it be the English have it right?)

Do you hear this, President Obama? I say, gather your wife and your girls and have a nice little family night spent baking cookies. Box some up and send them to Kim Jong-Il (I hear he is fond of Chocolate Chip). Then maybe he'll be ready to sit and have a nice little civilized talk.

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