New Yorkers, too, will be able to rest more easily now that the Obama administration has decided to remove 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorist conspirators from the jurisdiction of the military and hand them over to a New York criminal court to be tried. Are you interested in learning how to transform a mass murderer into a totemic hero for Americaâ€™s enemies the world over? Stayed tuned. President Obama is just about to show you how it is done. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, speaking at the Federalist Societyâ€™s National Lawyers Convention yesterday, rightly blasted this return to a September 10 mentality that supposes â€œacts like the first World Trade Center bombing [in 1993], the attacks on our embassies in Africa and other such acts can and should be treated as conventional crimes and tried in conventional courts.â€ Not only will this disgorge a â€œcornucopiaâ€ of sensitive intelligence information to public scrutiny, but it will also provide other jihadists with a tempting target of opportunity.
Here’s a topic for discussion: The US has dropped charges, or lost cases to acquittal, when it refused to reveal “classified information” demanded by the defense.
Also, courts have refused to convict prisoners who were “abused” in the process of obtaining information – and KSM was admittedly waterboarded over and over, fitting the definition of “torture” in the minds of many legal authorities.
These are just two of the possible avenues that could conceivably lead to KSM walking out of the courtroom a free man.
So tell me: How do you think America will react if Kahlid Sheik Mohammed, the self-admitted mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is actually acquitted?
Or are we so stupid, and so in love with Barack Obama, that there will be no reaction at all?