KSM in NYC? (part two)

November 23, 2009

Regarding the decision of Eric Holder to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, last week I wrote, “…the platform we will be giving KSM to spew his delusional vitriol will be almost incomparable.  A Madison Avenue ad agency couldn’t do what our Attorney General now wants undertaken.”

Today, via the Associated Press, we read, “NEW YORK (AP) – The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.”  This same lawyer also revealed that when it comes to his client’s review of American practice overseas, Their assessment is negative.”

Now THIS is the kind of intelligence you simply can’t extract through water-boarding!

Indeed, the wisdom of our Attorney General to bring KSM to NYC is already manifesting itself magnificently.



November 17, 2009

In principle, trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Manhattan may seem noble and just.  In practice, I think it’s a great mistake.

When it comes to the American criminal justice system, our rules of discovery are different from, and much more open than, what some European nations expect and allow.  KSM’s attorneys will be able to extract all sorts of intelligence, making public, information we have about AlQaeda that can only compromise our national security.

The trial of the 1993 WTC bombers gave UBL a ton of valuable information he could never have accessed apart from our court system. 

Plus, the platform we will be giving KSM to spew his delusional vitriol will be almost incomparable.  A Madison Avenue ad agency couldn’t do what our Attorney General now wants undertaken. 

Added to this is the fact that a trial in lower Manhattan, just blocks from the new Freedom Tower, will be like a rare-earth magnet for every sympathetic nut-case who wants to make a supportive statement on behalf of Islamic terrorism.  Bear in mind these protests are not usually accomplished with pen and ink, but with bullets and bombs.

Good luck to the NYPD if this monster takes the stand in their city.  And may God bless the victims who will have to listen to the defenders of an admitted mass-murder, as the souls of those who perished on 9/11 are again subject to crushing and incendiary disrespect.

Principles are fine.  People are more important.

Fort Hood Winked

November 10, 2009

With 13 people slain and barely laid to rest at Fort Hood, Texas, the alacrity of some apologists is incredible.

Already headlines abound trying to imply that the murders committed by Nidal Malik Hasan are really the fault of the FBI or the NSA or the Army or heaven knows who else.  The US government has to be at fault.

Islam is not to blame.

Yes, we’ve all heard that Islam is a religion of peace, and that radical elements are present in all faiths.  Fine.

But the number of instances when a devout, or crazy Christian sings praise to Jesus Christ while sawing off someone’s head just aren’t that common.  Jews can be superbly devout, but when was the last time a Jew self-detonated themselves on a bus or train, while clutching a copy of the Torah or Talmud?

Fine, Islam is a religion of peace. 

Personally, I don’t care.

But please inform the plethora of adherents who seem to think that, “Allahu Akbar!” should be the preamble for unleashing a salvo of bullets, bombs and sharp knives.

I feel very badly for kindhearted Islamic adherents who have to hear about these horrific incidents so often.  I also feel for the victims and families, presumably deemed infidels, and thus unworthy of life.

As Americans, we rightly need to continue to cherish the inherent goodness and rights of all members in our society, regardless of their faith or position in life.  We need to assume that everyone will do this, and hope that the much vaunted religion of peace will step up, not only with widespread public denouncement of wanton carnage, but also greatly heightened efforts to educate those who appear to have missed the message of peace by a substantial margin.