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GITMO Eyed For KSM Trial

The Guantanamo Bay circus continues and comes full circle:

The trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed won’t be held in lower Manhattan and could take place in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, sources said last night.

Administration officials said that no final decision had been made but that officials of the Department of Justice and the White House were working feverishly to find a venue that would be less expensive and less of a security risk than New York City.

The back-to-the-future Gitmo option was reported yesterday by Fox News and was not disputed by White House officials.

So much for that stale “fierce moral urgency” bit. I don’t think anyone believes that campaign slogan any more.

Funny how this administration, which claimed to have the moral high ground on the issue of Gitmo, now understands why it exists and why military tribunals were the preferred method of dealing with terrorists who’ve declared war on us.

Heck of a job, Eric.



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14 Responses to GITMO Eyed For KSM Trial

  • I’m disgusted by my fellow New Yorkers. I feel the KSM trial should be held here, and if that means more a chance of a terror attack, or at the very least disruptions in traffic and general inconvience….to effing bad.

    New York voted overwhelmingly for Obama, and they knew how he felt about treating terrorists. Now they don’t want to take their medicine.


  • Doesn’t matter if its going to be held in New York or Guantanamo bay, the main objective is to judge this guy under the law. It is weird to see it spiral at the way its going though.

  • Which is worse:

    — Bush holding terror suspects in a notorious facility on foreign soil and planning trials outside the  US justice system, or;

    — Obama decrying the policies of Bush, planning to move terror suspects to US soil and try them in US courts to take the moral high ground… and then changing his mind?

    Imeme’s apparent reversal really does smack of kangaroo courts and denial of justice.  He talked a good game* but, when he found that it might be tough to follow through on his plans, just sort of changed his mind.

    Part of having a “justice” system is that the rules are fixed and the game can’t be changed all the time in order to assure a pre-determined verdict.  Imeme has demonstrated in a way that even Bush didn’t that he couldn’t care less about justice: he’s into PR for himself.  If that means a trial in NYC, that’s cool.  If it means changing his mind and having military tribunals at Gitmo, that’s cool, too.  If he starts taking too much flak, perhaps his next move will be to decide that summary executions are the way to go.


    (*) “Good” as far as libs here and abroad were concerned, anyway.

  • We’re not seeing 1% of what went on around this. By which I mean that the political push-back on this masked much more serious push-back.

  • I’ve been suggesting that they rename the prison to “Chez Guevara” and live with it.

  • Maybe its dawned on them the type of circus they’ll face from the Siddiqui trial. 

  • The “circus” riff is true enough, but the real issue with the KSM trial is that it would constitute an asymmetrical attack on U.S. national security. The Church committee to the fifth power. The idea that Obama and Holder are just too stupid to get that doesn’t appeal to me. I think that they knew exactly what they were doing, and that they are in fact fifth columnists.

    The fact that they are backing off now gives me no comfort, at all. They’ll try something else, and probably have two dozen things in motion already.

    These are not people who are failing to exercise their judgment. They are precisely exercising their judgment — and they have made a judgment against the United States. You can see this coming from the Left a half century back and no one should be pooh-poohing the idea that it could have attained power, because it has. It’s right there in front of you.

  • Obama and his failed policies are in rapid retreat everywhere.

    It is that simple – we need to start using the “f” word – failure – in everything we say about him. Economics? A failure. Foreign policy? A failure. Guantánamo Bay? A failure. Health care reform? A failure.

    Failure. The Demmies bashed Bush with it for eight years, and it is high time that we paid them back in spades.

    • James: “Obama and his failed policies are in rapid retreat everywhere.”

      No they’re not, and it’s dangerous to even entertain such a notion. These people are merely moving their armor around. They’ve got enough “policies” to last them a hundred years, and if some aren’t succeeding, they’ll move on to the next bunch. The same thing goes for their personnel. Drive one out and they’ll find someone worse. These people are not just static ideologues, they are tactically adaptive, and vicious.

  • Accused Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is likely to be executed after being tried and convicted, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday.
    Gibbs spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    This guy always reminds me of Ron Zeigler, now he reminds me of Nixon .. declaring Charles Manson guilty.

    • Imagine a presidential press secretary prejudicing a trial by pronouncing the sentence. I mean, there is no desire for, let alone a sense of, propriety in this White House.

      It goes to the essential fecal/infantile disrespect for the office.

      • Martin McPhillipsImagine a presidential press secretary prejudicing a trial by pronouncing the sentence. I mean, there is no desire for, let alone a sense of, propriety in this White House.

        Forget sense of propriety: how about a sense of JUSTICE?  Again, Imeme and his boosters were so venomous toward Bush and his plans to hold terror suspects at Gitmo and try them with military tribunals: “TORTURE!!!  DENIAL OF JUSTICE!!!  DENIAL OF BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS!!!  IT PROVIDES PROPAGANDA TO OUR ENEMIES PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOOD REASON NOT TO LOVE US!!!!

        Now, the White House is out pre-ordaining the outcome of a trial while playing ducks and drakes with where and how it will be conducted in an obvious response to political pressure (i.e. Imeme’s poll numbers).

        How do all the lefties around the world who so hated Bush feel now?

        • “How do all the lefties around the world who so hated Bush feel now?”

          The underlying premise of your question is that they cared in the first place.

          Their “care” is something that gets turned on and off by the propaganda outfits they feed from. It’s not anything real or logical, much less consistent.

          You never see them with their bowels in an uproar about the latest political prisoners thrown in jail by Fidel, for instance.