Someone may ask, “Why wouldn’t we want the American Court System opened for worldwide inspection to demonstrate that we are more civil and worthy of the admiration the world community?” The answer is simple. Because our court system is not on trial and Islamic extremist not only can care less, but also will seize upon the opportunity to “canonize” their martyr! This is not about a fair trial for an American citizen. It’s about accurately processing and punishing a foreign terrorist. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is neither guaranteed any rights under the Geneva Conventions nor under the U.S. Constitution.
A Civilian Criminal Court is an opportunity for a defense team of lawyers to attack the sensibilities of the American people. The world will be assaulted daily with such legalese antics as depicted in the trial of O.J. Simpson like, “If the turban fits you must acquit.”
How does anyone expect a competent and impartial jury to be picked in New York City? Someone will say, “It will be fairer if a Muslim sits on the jury.” If just one juror sympathizes with “the cause” or him and votes “not guilty” – hung jury. Everyone realizes our superior justice system will allow any number of issues that can and will be brought up by the defense team that will most certainly be grounds for a successful appeal.
The administration may desire to put on trial “the war,” the intelligence community, enhanced interrogation, our military, or even public servants like George Bush and Dick Cheney for political gain. Maybe I’m wrong. But certainly there is a distinct probability that some terrorists will use this showcased trial as cause to launch another attack, perhaps in New York City, that will cost more American lives.
Even if that does not happen the private pain of families suffering loss, the devastation of a city, and the pillaging of the nation will continue under the watchful eyes of demonic design. It is the end game to destroy the American way of life – and the administration concedes.
If Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is tried, found guilty and executed neither the trial nor the justice will be swift. Why can’t someone be courageous and take action to determine in a military tribunal what the facts are and punish him by being executed if found guilty? A just execution, should it occur, cannot grant the USA respect in the international community, edify our justice system or mask the horror of war.