KSM Back to Military Tribunal?
Posted by Dan Draney on March 4, 2010
Sometimes reality just smacks you in the face when you’re a member of the so-called “reality-based community.” Such is the situation with the Obama Administration’s foolish plan to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian court in Manhattan. First the venue was quashed; now we hear via the WaPo Obama advisers set to recommend military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters.
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.
The president’s advisers feel increasingly hemmed in by bipartisan opposition to a federal trial in New York and demands, mainly from Republicans, that Mohammed and his accused co-conspirators remain under military jurisdiction, officials said. While Obama has favored trying some terrorism suspects in civilian courts as a symbol of U.S. commitment to the rule of law, critics have said military tribunals are the appropriate venue for those accused of attacking the United States.
Gotta love the WaPo spin machine explaining how the “bipartisan opposition” is “mainly from Republicans.” Apparently we’re about to see yet another silent vindication of the much-criticized Bush anti-terrorism policies. It won’t be the last.