It seems that there are only two people in the world — beside the defendants — who want 9-11 planner Khalid Sheik Mohammed to face trial in a civilian court in New York City. Unfortunately, those two are President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
It’s essential that Americans keep the pressure on the Obama administration to move the trials out of New York and into a military commission as the law provides.
About nine minutes into an interview with Katie Couric Sunday before the Super Bowl, Obama said he still hasn’t ruled out trying KSM not far from Ground Zero.
The list of people on record who oppose having a trial in New York grows the longer Obama dithers. Opposing the Obama plan are several Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, key figures in New York politics like former Gov. George Pataki and current Rep. Pete King, Republicans such as Mitt Romney, prominent authors like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin, and the over 125,000 Americans who have signed HUMAN EVENTS’ petition to move the KSM out of New York and into a military tribunal.
Apparently, Obama realizes there’s strong opposition to the plan.
“If you’ve got a city that is saying no, and a police department that’s saying no, and a mayor that’s saying no, that makes it difficult,” he told Couric.
But in a surprise twist for someone who spends most of his time trying to distance himself from George Bush, Obama actually invoked the Bush administration’s decision to try others in Article 3 courts and get convictions (Obama used the fictitious number of 190 terrorists and said they’re in maximum security prisons now. As has been reported elsewhere, none of the Republican senators who have challenged this number have been answered by Holder).
Obama also claims that the Christmas underwear bomber — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — was treated the same way the Bush administration treated shoe bomber Richard Reid who apparently was read his five minutes after being caught.
But the military commissions system wasn’t in place to handle Reid.
Obama did say he thinks the practice of reading Miranda rights to suspected terrorists should be reviewed, but it sounds like he wants a major overhaul of the entire process.
“Absolutely, everything should be reviewed,” Obama said when asked the Miranda rights question by Couric.
Watch Obama discuss KSM with Couric around the 10 minute mark.
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