There are rumblings that BHO is now reconsidering an earlier (absurd) decision to hold civilian trials, on American soil, for Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
From The Bravest.com comes this:
Washington Post 3/5/10
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.
If Obama accepts the likely recommendation of his advisers, the White House may be able to secure from Congress the funding and legal authority it needs to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and replace it with a facility within the United States. The administration has failed to meet a self-imposed one-year deadline to close Guantanamo.
The administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the president's legal advisers are finalizing their review of the cases of Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators. Asked about the process, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that "no decisions have been made."
Privately, administration officials are bracing for the ire of disappointed liberals and even some government lawyers should the administration back away from promises to use civilian courts to adjudicate the cases of some of the 188 detainees who remain at Guantanamo.
'A sad day'
Marine Col. Jeffrey Colwell, acting chief defense counsel at the Defense Department's Office of Military Commissions, said it would be a "sad day for the rule of law" if Obama decides not to proceed with a federal trial. "I thought the decision where to put people on trial -- whether federal court or military commissions -- was based on what was right, not what is politically advantageous," Colwell said.
Administration officials said that an announcement could come soon and that they hoped to finalize their plans before Obama leaves for Indonesia on March 18....(read the rest here)
Read that again - slowly, and then tell me what is so hard to understand. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed IS a war criminal.
Still not convinced that the ONLY place that KSM must be tried for his crimes against America? Take a look:
[There may well be tech issues with this embed.. If there are, go here to view the video, which is where I found it originally. Or you can find it at Wake Up America, at the link following. ]
Any questions? Wake Up America asks:
An About Face On Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Military Tribunals?
Or just wheeling and dealing Chicago style?
[...] 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....
Khalid Sheik Mohammed's civil rights????????
Are you freaking kidding me???????
How about the rights of the families still mourning their losses? How about the inherent dangers of a public civilian trial where sensitive intelligence and information would be revealed thereby endangering our nation?
How about liberals stop trying to protect terrorists that brutally murdered our citizens and attacked our country and think about protecting our country instead?
Wake Up America has more to say on this, and you can read it here.
WUA ends with:
Do not speak to me about Khalid Sheik Mohammed's civil rights, he gave them up when he masterminded 9/11.
And that IS the truth. To even consider trying KSM in a civil court, when he has confessed to masterminding very UNcivil terrorist acts against America, is beyond absurd. It is a travesty.
As Colonel Colwell says (above), a military trial is the only option for KSM, based on:
"...what was right, not what is politically advantageous..."
Enough, already. KSM is a terrorist, plain and simple. He is not an American, and he does not warrant any civil rights accorded American citizens. BHO and Holder need to stop playing politics and do what is RIGHT: KSM must be tried and convicted in a military trial.
End of story.