Note: I posted about the 9/11 terror trials yesterday. I am so angry about this I am making it a 3 part series to conclude tomorrow.
We have talked about this before and will talk about it again. Mostly because it is important. The 9/11 terror trials upcoming in NY defy logic.
These men are going to be virtually impossible to prosecute in a civilian court. The men were not read their Miranda rights, as combatants are not. They were not given the same access to a lawyer during their entire stay as American citizens are afforded. (They have them now on our dime). We have likely not allowed them access to the embassy staff of their respective country as custom dictates for foreign prisoners, largely because many of them are not of a single country due to the nature of their crimes.
They will make it a show trial. Their lawyer has already said the defendants will plead not-guilty even though they have admitted to their crimes, so they can "explain" why they attacked us 9/11. These men have already offered to plead guilty and be martyred but will not now that they have a chance to speak out.
Their lawyer will have access to some confidential information. The information that the government does manage to keep away from them will in turn contribute to the difficulty that the prosecution will already be facing because it will limit what evidence can be presented.
Finally, we have already had a case of a terrorist defense lawyer aiding and abetting terrorists. If you think this is all mindless ranting, read this article about Lynne Stewart and how the federal courts can be real low key about punishing terrorists like her.
So with all of this, what is really going on here?
Obama and his staff are idiots but they are not stupid. They are all lawyers, they know the law well enough to know that these issues are real.
Further, there is strong speculation that if these men are acquitted they will immediately be detained and held indefinitely as enemy combatants as they are now. I think this is likely to happen. I don't think Obama is stupid enough to let these men walk out of a courthouse in NYC free men, it would destroy him and his party.
So what gives? Why the farce that they are playing out right now?
Is it as some of us suspect nothing more than a way to play the Bush card to distract people while he sneaks through health care and/or cap and trade, etc, etc?
Is he that cynical about our country that he is willing to screw us to show we are tolerant of those who have taken so many of our lives? Is this just another feather in his "President of the World" crown?
What are your thoughts?