Daily Archives: November 20, 2009

Cartoon of the Week

M. Wuerker in Politico:

Once more, dear friends, unto the breach…

Atty. Gen. Holder’s reasonable decision

There are very good reason’s why Holder is going to Manhattan federal court as opposed to military trial.

Start with this article in the Washington Post and continue from there:

clipped from www.washingtonpost.com

Reasonable minds can disagree about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 perpetrators in a Manhattan federal court. But some prominent criticisms are exaggerated, and others place undue faith in military commissions as an alternative to civilian trials.

Mohammed is many things: an enemy combatant in a war against the United States whom the government can detain without trial until the conflict ends; a war criminal subject to trial by military commission under the laws of war; and someone answerable in federal court for violations of the U.S. criminal code.
A trial in Manhattan will bring enormous media attention and require unprecedented security. But it is unlikely to make New York a bigger target than it has been since February 1993, when Mohammed’s nephew Ramzi Yousef attacked the World Trade Center.
If al-Qaeda could carry out another attack in New York, it would — a fact true a week ago and for a long time.
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There’s more… continued HERE.