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How Does it Demonstrate the Moral Superiority of American Justice to Give the 9/11 Mastermind a Show Trial?

November 15, 2009


Editor’s Note: Peter Collier and David Forsmark have also blogged about this issue today here and here.

Political hacks are dullards whose primary utility is obeying any order with gusto. Eric Holder is the quintessential political hack.

In the last days of the Clintons’ empire of sleaze, then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder proactively assisted Clinton in getting Marc Rich his “cash for pardon” deal done. Even Democrats feigned outrage. We are supposed to believe Holder is “acting on his own” when he decided to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in a civilian court. Admittedly, Obama is so self-obsessed it is believable he is not involved. But that’s why Rahm Emanuel exists. A hack like Holder does not make decisions of this magnitude on his own.

Fox Special Report panelist and Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes believes this trial inevitably will reopen the entire “water boarding as torture” discussions. Given the utter horror and “shock, shock” apparently experienced by Democrats over Bush’s water boarding policies, one could almost believe there were hundreds of these cases. Of the thousands of detainees captured by the US, only 3 were water boarded. One of them was Mohammed, who has confessed to planning the 9/11 attacks.

Gee, I wonder what his defense team will concoct? It is guaranteed to have a “Bush/Cheney made me say it” subtext. The stated legal reason Holder/Emanuel are trying Mohammed in civilian court rather than military court is the “alleged crime” (also the term used by Holder regarding Mohammed’s terror act–what a nightmare) was committed on American soil. The stated moral reason is we are allegedly proving to the world we are “better than them” with our high standards of justice.

Watching Obama in Asia stutter over a question about “what happens if Mohammed is not convicted” was enlightening. His mind was caught between the “rock” of not tainting the “criminal case” and the “hard place” of not looking like a jackass politically. The same was true with Holder when he was asked the same question. They effectively gave the equivalent of a “wink wink” answer like “don’t worry, he will never be on the street again.”

But they cannot guarantee that. And if they can, then, as Charles Krauthammer said on Special Report, this is just a show trial. So which is it? It is universally believed that Mohammed will never be freed. Since we know this will make the OJ trial seem like a Judge Judy case, it will be the show trial to end all show trials. But they move forward because Obama needs to play out in real time the Democrat narrative already in hand. It goes something like this:

“Water boarding is not only immoral, it does not work. It makes our enemies and friends hate us even more. Worse, it gives us bad information and compromises our real security. Thank God for Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Rahm Emanuel, however. Through a fair trial, the real truth came out, not just some Bush/Cheney induced water board contrived confession. Now we have true security and the world respects America again.”

But that narrative will not be the one the world sees. This will not go as planned, no more than our negotiations with Iran have gone as planned. No more than Obama’s hat in hand trip for the Olympics “sweet home Chicago” deal went as planned. And no more than the stimulus package has gone as planned.

This administration lives in a world of its own invention. They have no idea what can of worms they are opening, but NYC and America will have to bear the consequences.


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  1. Truthteller permalink
    November 15, 2009 7:31 pm

    Well, if you want to keep the status quo, keep him in a black box prison in Poland or somewhere. That’s been great for our reputation.

    • November 15, 2009 9:58 pm

      Not sure of your point(if indeed there was one.)

    • Sam Deakins permalink
      November 16, 2009 4:57 am

      “keep him in a black box prison in Poland or somewhere” Sounds like one hell of a good ideal to me. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 16, 2009 1:52 pm

      I agree. One bullet to the head would solve this silly mess. It’s well passed the time for the real men of this country to stand up and simply do what is right.

    • politicalmoxie permalink
      November 16, 2009 11:31 pm

      @ Truthteller

      Let me come right to the point about the black box prison somewhere in Poland…Oh well!!! (I can amaze even myself at my lack of humanity in this instance.)
      I have friends whose lives were destroyed by these animals and their ilk.
      I am also blessed with wonderful middle-eastern friends…one can not have better, more loyal friends, I might add. Their lives were turned upside down also.
      I’ll hit send now, I need to pray for myself.

  2. November 16, 2009 3:24 am

    “This administration lives in a world of its own invention. ”

    True that. It wouldn’t be so if there were not so many willing to prop up the illusion: The establishment news media, entertainment industry, most Democrats.

    Stimulating article about a very important moment in the life of our nation.

  3. WestWright permalink
    November 16, 2009 11:05 am

    Relocate Obama, Holder and all the Czars to Cuba.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 16, 2009 11:20 am

      I am not sure even Fidel wants them. Then, if Russia offered them asylim, it be in Siberia where they could see Alaska.

  4. geniemaker permalink
    November 16, 2009 12:01 pm

    This country is now being ruled by a confederancy of dunces, led by the chief dunce, Obama. If we had a real President in office, Truman (yes, he was Democrat, but that was back in the day when that Party had any honor), he would have said “to hell with politcal correctness, these terrorists will pay with their lives for murdering innocent Americans and desecrating American soil”. End of story.
    We have a socialist Marxist weenie in office who doesn’t know what his left hand is doing when he’s pointing with his right hand, and he’s surrounded himself with dangerous useful idiots, beginning with “Yes, sir, Boss” Holder to Rahm Emmanual.

  5. RandallJ911 permalink
    November 16, 2009 7:49 pm

    This is outrageous and says a lot about the President.

    It elevates the terrorists to civilian status with all of our civil and constitutional rights.

    It down plays this clear act of war to a common civilian crime.

    It is an absolute gift to the radical Muslim terrorists. In a civilian court, the Discovery process and cross examinations will provide the radical Islamic terrorists with all the information they will need to be successful in their next terror attacks. Why would President Obama want them to have this information?

    Why did President Obama already reveal the CIA names and interrogation techniques to the terrorists? While the Islamic terrorists are beheading and mutilating American’s and the people of other Nations, just because they are not Muslim’s, why did President Obama intentionally reveal these nonlethal interrogation techniques and thereby make them useless?

    Anyone who intentionally brings aid or comfort to an enemy must be held accountable!


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