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Friday, November 13, 2009

President Obama Decides to Bring 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for Trial in Civilian Court

President Obama has decided to bring 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York to face trial in a civilian court, along with four other terrorist detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Facility:

Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court, an Obama administration official said Friday.

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce the decision later in the morning.

President Obama, speaking in Tokyo, said he will insist that Mohammed be subject to "the most exacting demands of justice" and called the move both a prosecutorial and a national security decision.

"I'm absolutely convinced that Khalid Sheik Mohammad will be subject to the most exacting demands of justice. The American people insist on it. My administration will insist on it," he said.

Bringing such notorious suspects to U.S. soil to face trial is a key step in Obama's plan to close the terror suspect detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama initially planned to close the detention center by Jan. 22, but the administration is no longer expected to meet that deadline.

It is also a major legal and political test of Obama's overall approach to terrorism. If the case suffers legal setbacks, the administration will face second-guessing from those who never wanted it in a civilian courtroom. And if lawmakers get upset about notorious terrorists being brought to their home regions, they may fight back against other parts of Obama's agenda.

The New York case may also force the court system to confront a host of difficult legal issues surrounding counterterrorism programs begun after the 2001 attacks, including the harsh interrogation techniques once used on some of the suspects while in CIA custody. The most severe method -- waterboarding, or simulated drowning -- was used on Mohammed 183 times in 2003, before the practice was banned. . .MORE
What a circus this will be. Once KSM is lawyered up - and he'll have the best left-wing lawyers in the country - this will become, not primarily the trial of KSM, but the George W. Bush administration. KSM's lawyers will focus on his interrogation by waterboarding. That is what will be on trial, which is exactly what Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama, and the radical left in this country want to see. Their desire to exact revenge on former President Bush knows no bounds.

This will also give KSM a platform to spout his radical Islamic Jihadist ideology and to rally Muslims around the world to his cause. He should not be given such an opportunity.


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