Friday, November 13, 2009

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Stand Trial in New York: Attorney General Holder Gets Some Satisfaction for Terror-Backing Democratic-Left

It's big news. From CNN, "Accused 9/11 Plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Faces New York Trial."

And perhaps a bit dangerous. From Red State, "
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial."

There have been reports in the past month about another potential terrorist attack disrupted in New York City. Bringing these high profile terrorist leaders to New York will just put a target on New York again.

Even worse, the White House is going to subject these terrorists to criminal trials in civilian courts. They will get all the due process rights of citizens in court and potentially will be able to get access to material evidence in a civilian court that could reveal intelligence we’d prefer them not to have.
But see London's Telegraph, "Analysis: New York Trial for 9/11 Mastermind Risky but Bold":

President Barack Obama's decision to put the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial on American soil is risky but bold.

Courtrooms and prisons could become the target of terrorist attacks, and their localities subjected to months or years of intensified security.

Defendants will be entitled to the full constitutional protections enjoyed by average felons, while Mohammed will undoubtedly use the court as a platform from which to denounce the US, praise the Taliban and al-Qaeda and proclaim his desire for Islamic martyrdom ad nauseam.

His lawyers will argue that any incriminating evidence gathered from a man who was water-boarded 183 times and held in a secret CIA prison for three years and then three years in Guantanamo cannot be trusted.

Embarrassing details are likely to emerge of his treatment at the hands of American agents. Evidentiary requirements will also be tougher in a civilian court than the military commissions that had begun for the five alleged plotters at Guantanamo before Mr Obama ordered their suspension.

Fortunately for the prosecution, Mohammed actually admitted to al-Jazeera television that he was the prime architect of the suicide attacks on the US before he was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. So it is hard to imagine him walking free. But some of the others, the bag carriers, may in the end only face charges of material support for terrorism and could receive less-than-life sentences, prompting public outrage.
More at the link.

The most significant implication of the announcement is that the transnational alliance of America-haters will get first-hand information on America's counterterrorism and intelligence programs -- the great hope of the terror-backing neo-communist left, at home and worldwide, is that the Obama administration will continue to build a case for torture trials for former Bush administration officials.

See Andrew McCarthy, "
Holder's Hidden Agenda, Cont'd ...":

This summer, I theorized that Attorney General Eric Holder — and his boss — had a hidden agenda in ordering a re-investigation of the CIA for six-year-old alleged interrogation excesses that had already been scrutinized by non-partisan DOJ prosecutors who had found no basis for prosecution. The continuing investigations of Bush-era counterterrorism policies (i.e., the policies that kept us safe from more domestic terror attacks), coupled with the Holder Justice Department's obsession to disclose classified national-defense information from that period, enable Holder to give the hard Left the "reckoning" that he and Obama promised during the 2008 campaign. It would be too politically explosive for Obama/Holder to do the dirty work of charging Bush administration officials; but as new revelations from investigations and declassifications are churned out, Leftist lawyers use them to urge European and international tribunals to bring "torture" and "war crimes" indictments. Thus, administration cooperation gives Obama's base the reckoning it demands but Obama gets to deny responsibility for any actual prosecutions.

Today's announcement that KSM and other top al-Qaeda terrorists will be transferred to Manhattan federal court for civilian trials neatly fits this hidden agenda. Nothing results in more disclosures of government intelligence than civilian trials. They are a banquet of information, not just at the discovery stage but in the trial process itself, where witnesses — intelligence sources — must expose themselves and their secrets.

Let's take stock of where we are at this point. KSM and his confederates wanted to plead guilty and have their martyrs' execution last December, when they were being handled by military commission.
As I said at the time, we could and should have accommodated them. The Obama administration could still accommodate them. After all, the president has not pulled the plug on all military commissions: Holder is going to announce at least one commission trial (for Nashiri, the Cole bomber) today.

Moreover, KSM has no defense. He was under American indictment for terrorism for years before there ever was a 9/11, and he can't help himself but brag about the atrocities he and his fellow barbarians have carried out.

So: We are now going to have a trial that never had to happen for defendants who have no defense. And when defendants have no defense for their own actions, there is only one thing for their lawyers to do: put the government on trial in hopes of getting the jury (and the media) spun up over government errors, abuses and incompetence. That is what is going to happen in the trial of KSM et al.
More at Memeorandum.

See also, Blasting Caps and Dynamite, "Obama, Don't Try Guatanamo Detainees in Article III Courts!" And, Right Truth, "Coming to America ..."

Image Credit: Donatella Della Ratta, A Hussein at the White House: What the Arab world thinks about Barack Obama.


Daniel Edd Bland III said...

I was raised on Dr. Dobson, and have just sent him a letter requesting his assistance to help me stop loosing faith in the Christian Church. My Mom respects Dr. Dobson as much or more than any other Christian leader, and she is interested to see his response. I only started learning the truth about the 9/11 attacks last fall. It took me an entire year to convince my own parents to listen to me, and begin reviewing the evidence for themselves. Now that they have thoroughly and objectively taken a fresh look into all the available evidence, they too are now aware of how badly we have been deceived. They now fully support my mission to find out what really happened to 2,993 of our fellow countrymen that fateful September morning. My mom is very interested to see if/how Dr. Dobson will respond. Please read my open letter to Dr. Dobson and share your thoughts at.........

Does Christ's Church really stand for TRUTH & JUSTICE? That is the question!

Daniel Edd Bland III

Right Truth said...

We all saw this coming. The 9/11 families and firefighters are all upset and who can blame them.

We had a perfect situation set up in Gitmo to try these guys, they wanted to plead guilty and get the death penalty... Why not do it the easy and safe way? No, Obama has to bring them to US soil where they can gloat, make headlines, make more propaganda to recruit more terrorists. Maybe some here in the US lime Maj. Hasan.

Deborah F. Hamilton
Right Truth

AmPowerBlog said...

Daniel: Are you a 9/11 truther. It's hard to tell from your writign, but if so, please do not comment at my blog again.

There's no alternative explanation for what happened on 9/11.

Anonymous said...

Mr Bland appears to be brain-dead. You're very kind, I would just have deleted him.

I would recommend going over to Keep America Safe and signing their petition against this travesty.

Jason B. said...

Democrats are neither terror-backing, nor communist. There are some socialist democrats, but that is another category altogether and is not an economic system. However, all of these philosophies are just models for governance, and though some models scale better than others, none are absolutely unworthy of consideration.

I am a nice guy, a Desert Storm veteran and a Democrat (in that order) and I am just as much a patriot as any of you. Neither party will get any traction as long as we keep smearing each other as you do everyday just by having the title page you do.

Politics is a continuum which has as much to do with natural inclination as anything else. If the conservatives were allowed free reign, in fifty years the US would no longer exist. This situation also applies to the liberals. The fact, no system of political thought is perfect, guys. You can be partisan all you want (as am I) but do not throw the baby out with the bath water. As much as you may hate to admit, conservatives NEED liberals just as much as we need you.