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World Trade Center Bombers to be Tried in New York Civilian Courts?

November 14, 2009

Many of us in Middle America are scratching our heads with the announcement that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his alleged underlings will be tried in New York civilian courts.  After watching and listening to President Obama and Attorney General Holder justify the decision, the reasonable person is left with a very simple question:  “Why?”

It’s easy to get lost in all of the political spinning and back-peddling taking place to justify this decision, but there is only one question that needs to be answered to determine whether or not these individuals should be tried in civilian or military courts.  That question is whether the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 was an act of war or a crime.  If the bombings were an act of war, then these individuals should be tried in military courts, period.

It appears that President Obama and Attorney General Holder do not consider the bombing of Americans on U.S. soil an act of war, but a crime instead.  This seems out of step with Middle America, which rejects the mental gymnastics required to arrive at the conclusion that the bombings were a crime and not an act of war.

Like many of the decisions made by President Obama, this one too appears to be politically expedient, rather than grounded in sound policymaking.  President Obama has shamefully chosen to afford these terrorists all of the constitutional rights reserved to American citizens.  These terrorists will now ironically and perversely cloak themselves in the very protections of the U.S. Constitution they are trying to destroy, and turn their trials into a media circus.  They will portray themselves as victims of over aggressive interrogators and prosecutors, giving terrorists gasoline to pour on their fire of Islamic extremist hatred around the world as they continue to work to destroy this nation.

The techniques used by the CIA, FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security to keep this nation safe and bring these terrorists to justice will be in full display in civilian courts, subject to discovery, and in the media for the world to see, compromising the ability of these agencies to keep Americans safe now and for years to come.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder have placed New York in the crosshairs of the world’s highest profile assault on Islam, jeopardizing the safety of its residents and ripping the scabs off the wounds suffered by the families of loved ones lost on 9/11.

What really indicates that this is a political exercise and poor policy is the fact that these terrorists will be unable to get a fair trial in New York or any other city or state in this nation, since every person in this country experienced the horror of 9/11 to one degree or another .

Further, the President and Attorney General have given Islamic extremists exposure they couldn’t buy any where in the world—center stage in New York—to parade their message of hatred to the world.

With the past 12 months as its guide, Middle America is cynical about President Obama’s real reason for trying these terrorists in American civil courts.  This administration has been looking into the rearview mirror for the past year, running against the failed policies of George Bush and Dick Cheney, rather than looking forward and putting solid policy solutions on the table for American families.  In keeping with their modus operandi, President Obama wants these trials to be an indictment on George Bush and Dick Cheney, around whose neck he plans to hang the fruits of the spectacle that will be viewed by the world when these trials commence.  9/11 was an act of war and these terrorists should be tried in a military court, off of American soil, period.

A. Muser

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