Thursday, March 04, 2010

Truth, Justice and the American Way: Not today

In order to gain some leverage for closing Guantanamo, the Administration is close to surrendering to the blowhards who have made hypocritical, unjustified proclamations that trying terrorists on American soil, like we've done successfully more than 300 times over the past 8 years, would put our citizens in danger and equal a win for the terrorists. 

I'd accuse these craven partisans of not trusting the American system of justice and cowardice in the face of these criminals if I didn't know that their concerns aren't actually strongly held but just the usual criticism of anything the President does.

Which makes it doubly ridiculous for the Administration to give in to their nonsense.
President Obama's advisers are nearing a recommendation that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, be prosecuted in a military tribunal, administration officials said, a step that would reverse Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s plan to try him in civilian court in New York City.
As noted above, we've had fantastic success in trying terrorists in civilian courts on American soil.  We've actually had less success the few times we've tried terrorists by military tribunal and gained no actual security.  We should proudly stand up and try KSM at the scene of the crime and show the world not only that we believe in our hallowed institutions, but that we aren't afraid of shining a light on terrorists.
Marine Col. Jeffrey Colwell, acting chief defense counsel at the Defense Department's Office of Military Commissions, said it would be a "sad day for the rule of law" if Obama decides not to proceed with a federal trial. "I thought the decision where to put people on trial -- whether federal court or military commissions -- was based on what was right, not what is politically advantageous," Colwell said. 
 You and me both.

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