One Thing Is Clear

The civilian trial of KSM and his henchmen is a political move with potentially disastrous consequences.

The Obama administration’s decision to have a civilian trial for the 9/11 terrorists is a political one.  The attorney general hasn’t foresworn military tribunals:  Abd-al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the USS Cole attacker, is to be brought before one.  There is no doubt of the guilt of the 9/11 plotters:  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four others being sent to New York for trial.  No trial is required to establish that they committed the crimes they are charged with.  The defendants even told their military judge in December 2008 that they wanted to plead guilty, dispense with a trial of any kind, and proceed directly to execution.  In fact, they outlined at the time precisely what they were prepared to plead guilty to, a list that extends well beyond the 9/11 attacks.

Nothing relevant to deciding the fate of the terrorists will be revealed in the civilian trial. Continue reading “One Thing Is Clear”