The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is to stand trial in New York Federal court.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-described mastermind of the attacks, and four others will be tried in New York federal court. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday he expects to order prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the five cases.
Five other detainees held at the prison, including Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, alleged to have planned the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, will be tried in revamped military commissions, the Justice Department announced. MORE
This is basically another step in transforming the war on terror into a police operation. The risks are pretty high all around. First, lets be honest, our civilian court system can be used and abused. We see it everyday as enterprising lawyers get winning verdicts for the undeserving simply by clouding the waters.
Should Mohammed get off on some technicality or by the law working against the government’s case (see Anne Althouse), the American people will be beyond outraged.
Finally, in light of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, I would like to ask, what safeguards are being made to make sure Khalid Sheikh Mohammad is not allowed to spread any of his jihad nonsense to those he comes in contact with here in America? A seed planted by Mohammed today could become another attack on America tomorrow.
Via: Ann Althouse