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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Will the Trial of KSM Become a Media Circus?

The strange decision of President Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, to move the trial of the terrorist who masterminded the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Towers has many unfortunate and even dangerous consequences. If this terrorist, who is known as KSM, is tried in a non-military court in New York City, he will have to be given all civilian constitutional rights. The government will be required to turn over to this terrorist vast amounts of U.S. intelligence and information that will imperil national security and put us in danger of future acts of terrorism. The chief issue in the trial could become waterboarding, rather than the 9/11 terrorist act that killed some 3,000 people.

The Obama Administration is infested with people who call themselves transnationalists. That means lawyers who want to integrate foreign law or so-called international law into U.S. domestic law and impose it on Americans. We wonder if the real purpose of moving this trial to New York is to put the George W. Bush Administration on trial. The dangerous publicity and classified information emanating from the trial could give anti-Bush lawyers material to take to the International Criminal Court and urge a trial against George W. Bush for war crimes.

The trial of KSM would be a media circus for many months, much like the O.J. Simpson trial, only ten times as compelling. Defense lawyers will be eager to copy Johnnie Cochran's famous argument, "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!" What if KSM is acquitted? And released onto the streets of New York?

Congress should act promptly to stop this dangerous move of the terrorist's trial from a military court to a federal court in New York City. It's clear that the Constitution gives Congress the right to take away jurisdiction from the courts in New York.

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