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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:53 PM
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"This Will Entrench The Very Problems In Counterterrorism Policy Obama Declared He Wanted To Change"
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:57 PM by Hissyspit
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/2011/04/04/military-com...

Military Commissions No Place for 9-11 Terrorism Cases

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2011

Washington, DC On the same day that President Obama announced his re-election campaign, his administration will reportedly cave on a key promise of the last election cycle and what used to be one of its core principles: to bring suspected terrorists to justice in legitimate U.S. courts. This afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his co-conspirators in the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives will be tried in military commissions, a move Human Rights First is criticizing as a response to political pressure, not implementation of smart national security policy.

In his first presidential campaign, President Obama stressed the importance of closing the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and pledged in his first days of office to follow through on that promise. Now, more than two years later, were seeing him backtrack, in announcing that we will not have legitimate, reliable trials in the United States for the alleged perpetrators of the most heinous terrorist attack on U.S. soil in our history, said Human Rights Firsts Daphne Eviatar. The only thing that has changed is the politics. Decisions on where to prosecute suspected terrorists should be made based on careful legal analysis, not on politics. This purely political decision risks making a second-class justice system a permanent feature U.S. national security policy a mistake that flies in the face of core American values and would undermine U.S. standing around the world.

Retired General Joseph Hoar, responding to the expected announcement, added: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is no warrior. He is a criminal and should not be treated otherwise through commissions. Our federal courts have convicted more than 400 terror suspects since 9/11. Commissions have only convicted six.

This will entrench the very problems in US counterterrorism policy that President Obama declared he wanted to change, said Eviatar. Former Vice President Cheney, in referring to the Bush Administrations resort to torture, indefinite detention, and military commissions, called it the new normal. Todays decision to try the suspected mastermind of the 9/11 attacks as a military combatant, in tribunals that are widely viewed around the world as illegitimate, will help make former VP Cheneys prediction seem prophetic.

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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:59 PM
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1. Well, there's a change. Believe it . . .
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:02 PM
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2. Our justice system is too fragile
It can't withstand the rigors of trying terrorists. We will have to shunt those "special" cases aside to tribunals that won't have to put up with the ickiness of the details of Mr. Mohammed's incarceration (little details like multiple waterboarding, coerced confessions and the like). Look for the conviction in semi-open court to be hailed as a triumph of western jurisprudence. Then we can all sit around and complain about how barbaric those foreign savages are for stoning a 14-year-old girl.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:08 PM
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3. cave, my ass. congress would not fund it.
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:18 PM
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4. I wonder who is giving them such bad advice
Are human rights going to be sacrificed because the 12 campaign has begun? It seems that someone who is really out of touch is advising these people.
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