Skelton demands hearing on KSM trial

posted at 8:58 am on November 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee has sent a letter demanding the appearance of Attorney General Eric Holder to explain his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in federal court.  Rep. Ike Skelton, a Missouri Democrat and former prosecutor, says the decision raises “many serious questions” to which Skelton would like answers.  Skelton also wants to make sure that Holder doesn’t continue to favor federal court trials over military tribunals:

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) penned a letter to Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggesting military trials would be a more appropriate venue for the accused terrorists.

“As a former prosecutor, I am not yet convinced that the right decision was made in these cases, nor that the presumption in favor of federal criminal trials over military tribunals for these detainees should continue,” Skelton wrote. …

“The decision to terminate the prosecution of these self-confessed terrorists in military commissions, transfer them to the United States, and bring them into a federal courthouse for trial raises many serious questions which I would like you both to address in a full committee briefing on December 3, 2009, at 1:00 PM,” Skelton requested.

The letter, which The Hill reprints in full at the jump, expresses Skelton’s skepticism politely but unmistakably. Skelton reminds Holder that he worked hard to ensure a fair system for all of the Gitmo detainees in the military commissions system, and that effort was meant to prevent the very decision Holder and Barack Obama have made.  More to the point, Skelton also wants an answer on what will happen with the rest of the detainees.  So far, only ten decisions have been made — five for federal court and five for military commissions.  Skelton, like many, cannot determine how Holder and Obama decided which went where, and implies that it seems arbitrary and not based on any legal considerations.

This is the first significant public pushback from a Democratic Congressman, although some in the Senate expressed at least reservations during Holder’s appearance this week.  It probably won’t be the last.  After all, it was a Democratic Congress that passed the current military commissions system, working with a Republican President, to find a system that would get the blessing of the Supreme Court while maintaining security for our war efforts in intelligence.  Without the Democrats in 2007, there would have been no military commissions system at all.  That default would have forced KSM and everyone else at Gitmo into federal court eventually, an outcome that few wanted to see … at least in 2007.


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The difference between 2007 and 2009 is the Holder of the office of the President.

Elections have consequences, and this is one of them.

unclesmrgol on November 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Skelon’s a former prosecutor? This should be fun to watch. Graham made mincemeat of Holder’s excuses in the Senate hearing (too bad Graham isn’t doing as rigorous an anaylsis of some of his own decisions). Can’t wait to see what Skelton does.

Hope Skelton asks the if president assures us KSM will be convicted, then why isn’t this just a show trial.

Wethal on November 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Confronting one of the many stupid decisions by this administration of incompetents?
Amazing!

Cybergeezer on November 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Skelton, like many, cannot determine how Holder and Obama decided which went where, and implies that it seems arbitrary and not based on any legal considerations.

That’s because it was based on POLITICAL considerations. Don’t you understand, Ed? If we treat them like common criminals instead enemy combatants then the whole world will LOVE us! YAY! Oh-bama! Oh-bama! Oh-bama! YES WE CAN! HOPE AND CHAAAAAAAAAANGE! WHOOO HOOOOOOOO!! Ya know, you Rethuglikkkans just don’t get it, do you?

Tony737 on November 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Wethal on November 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Wow. Skelton a prosecutor and Lindsay Graham was an Air Force JAG Officer who knows the Laws of War inside and out (Briefed AF Pilots on those wars before they deployed for Desert Storm).

Holder is going down.

Holger on November 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Skelton’s seat is on the House GOP list to take in 2010, too, I believe.

Wethal on November 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Did he give Mr. Holder enough time to have a more credible performance then last week? What’s really sad is that it doesn’t matter how badly the point is made in Obamaland, it is what he wants it to be. The big question is why is this how he wants it?

Cindy Munford on November 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Some people just plain ol’ like it underneath the bus, apparently. ;)

Kent18 on November 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Will come to naught in the end. Every time a Dem Congressman shows some glimmer of common sense, he’s bought off just like Landrieu and Nelson. All the voters are for sale I guess. It’s just a matter of how much the ‘owners’ on the Hill can get in exchange. The system has been thoroughly and openly corrupted.

jeanie on November 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

First Geitner, now Holder. Get rid of them both..start there and keep going!

becki51758 on November 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

The Democrat Congress is becoming tough now, because they know 2010 elections are quickly approaching??? /s/

yoda on November 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Holder is going down.

Holger on November 21, 2009 at 9:07 AM

I think Holder is one of the last people Obama would throw under the bus (Emanuel, Jarrett and Axelrod being the last). If he hangs on to Holder, all Holder’s gaffes eventually embaress Obama. Heh.

Wethal on November 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM

What a racist teabagging racist.
– SimpleBleeds343GrowInCa

angryed on November 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Blue on blue

Philly on November 21, 2009 at 9:19 AM

In my neighbor state of Missouri citizens show much more good sense than in my state. Dems tred more lightly. Skelton is being challenged and this good help him in election efforts. Would like to believe tho that he’s sincere and I lean that way . There are a few good dems around but not many in my state. In fact, I can’t think of one right now in Illinois.

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

First Webb, now this.

Terrye on November 21, 2009 at 9:21 AM

So the Democrats are attempting to undo some of the work that they themselves did a scant dos anos ago? At least, Eric Holder is trying to undo the work that his fellow Democrats did a few years ago. How did Barack Obama vote on military commissions for terrorists?….. lemmme guess……PRESENT!?

ted c on November 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM

Skelton also wants to make sure that Holder doesn’t continue to favor federal court trials over military tribunals.

So we’ll just call this the “Only One Anti-Bush Show Trial Allowed Rule.”

Rational Thought on November 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Skelton’s obviously a raaaaacist.

OhioCoastie on November 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Blue on blue

Philly on November 21, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Don’t see it enough, do we? They all seem to have drank the kool aid. Guess Skelton missed a dose.

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Skelton, like many, cannot determine how Holder and Obama decided which went where, and implies that it seems arbitrary and not based on any legal considerations.

Many already know this is purely political. Obama can’t even commit on how to prosecute the war against these same Islamist Terrorist in the theater, but he (and his AG), are prepared to make a mockery of our justice system to further embarrass GW. When this President stops “stooping so low” that denigrates the highest office in this nation, the integrity of the office may be restored.

After all, it was a Democratic Congress that passed the current military commissions system, working with a Republican President, to find a system that would get the blessing of the Supreme Court while maintaining security for our war efforts in intelligence.

This is a serious problem with Obama. No intelligence or security is even considered when this process was decided. Obama is taking piss poor advice from morons like Axelrod and Emanuel, who are still fighting a war against Bush and totally ignoring who their enemy really is—shameful behavior for a nation still yearning to remain free of the fear of another 9/11.

Rovin on November 21, 2009 at 9:25 AM

If they are all tried by military commissions, as Congress and the Supreme Court both agree, with appropriate legislation already on the books, there can be no public trial of George W. Bush and the CIA playing to television audiences around the world.

Thus Holder’s [and Obama’s} decision to have the most infamous detainees tried in New York, while the rest of the “minor” detainees are to be tired by military commissions.

It is no longer about legality, but is all about getting one great big wonderful chance to eviscerate Bush and the CIA, so Obama can “win” the approval of the rest of the world…or so Obama thinks.

coldwarrior on November 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

From Politico 15 May 2009

Here’s a key passage from Obama’s 2006 Senate floor speech on the issue:

“Instead of detainees arriving at Guantanamo and facing a Combatant Status Review Tribunal that allows them no real chance to prove their innocence with evidence or a lawyer, we could have developed a real military system of justice that would sort out the suspected terrorists from the accidentally accused.
“And instead of not just suspending, but eliminating, the right of habeas corpus–the seven century-old right of individuals to challenge the terms of their own detention, we could have given the accused one chance–one single chance–to ask the Government why they are being held and what they are being charged with.

“… I have heard, for example, the argument that it should be military courts, and not Federal judges, who should make decisions on these detainees. I actually agree with that.”

Why yes, I do believe Eric Holder ought to honor Ike’s request to go answer a few questions. One would think that ol’ Eric “The Judge” Holder ought to answer a few questions from the Boss since his position is now ought of calibration, so to speak, with Obama’s in 2006.

ted c on November 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

!. They were captured in the field of battle.
2. They confessed to the crimes accused of.
3. They asked for their penalties.
4. These events have been widely published.
5. The President says they are guilty on national media.
6. The prosecutor says they are guilty.
7+. They will get a fair, impartial trial now.
GTFO

Cybergeezer on November 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

ought=out

duh

ted c on November 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

So we’ll just call this the “Only One Anti-Bush Show Trial Allowed Rule.”

Rational Thought on November 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Exactly! Or until Obama needs another “wag the dog”.

Rovin on November 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Rep. Ike Skelton’s demands will only result in criminal investigation of… Rep. Ike Skelton

doriangrey on November 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Ed, haven’t we all learned our lesson yet? With the Obama administration nothing is as it seems, except for the stupidity. This looks like a staged show to me. Now that Holder and company are receiving so much heat, they stage concern from one of their own, so they may calm the fears of the masses with their thoughtful, well crafted BS answers. Chicago politics at it’s finest. I wonder if they have anything on this dude.

bloggless on November 21, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Is Ike emulating another famous Missourian? Give “em hell Ike!

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM

ted c on November 21, 2009 at 9:27 AM

One problem Ted. More than conservatives are just beginning to figure out that you can’t take Obama at his word. Just look at how many campaign promises he’s completely changed or reversed. Or, Ed’s Obamatureisms that constantly show the mans incabable of reasoned thought or convictions. He’s quickly becoming a walking contradiction of any moral or practical leadership.

Rovin on November 21, 2009 at 9:37 AM

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee has sent a letter demanding the appearance of Attorney General Eric Holder to explain his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in federal court.

Ruh-Roe

This is gonna leave a mark!

conservnut on November 21, 2009 at 9:37 AM

The fact that Dems have blinked about trials in US District Courts shows Bush was right all along. Keep them in military tribunals.

The left hated that for 8 years. Now they are in power and the trigger has been pulled to keep the base happy. Suddenly they realize their poll numbers are tanking and are singing a new song.

It seems to me they are tuning up for the same song Bush played for 8 years. Gotta I love it!

Rndguy on November 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

It looks like Obama’s 24/7 365 impersonation of Alfred E. Newman is working too well, and is starting to scare some of the children. Too funny!

Really Right on November 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Obama’s numbers are down and he needs to remind people why they voted for him by demonizing Bush again. He wants to appease the “Bush as war criminal” folks as well. Not even really about Bush – its still all about Obama. I wish he would find another way. This way is wrong.

doctormom on November 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Not trying to hijack the thread, but will Blanche Lincoln cave. I say “yes”.

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Maybe Holder was given the Presidency while D’ohbama is out of the country; This would explain his authority.

Cybergeezer on November 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Without the Democrats in 2007, there would have been no military commissions system at all. That default would have forced KSM and everyone else at Gitmo into federal court eventually, an outcome that few wanted to see … at least in 2007.

Actually, if Bush had any cajones they would have been tried by a military tribunal and executed in Guantanamo. There is no reason why these b*stards should ever see a federal court and Bush should have stood up for his prerogatives as C-in-C in time of war.

johnsteele on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee has sent a letter demanding the appearance of Attorney General Eric Holder to explain his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in federal court.

Does Holder have to show?

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

What a racist teabagging racistRace Fan.
– SimpleBleeds343GrowInCa

angryed on November 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Is Ike emulating another famous Missourian? Give “em hell Ike!

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Ike considers Harry a personal hero.

Del Dolemonte on November 21, 2009 at 9:50 AM

We need to learn to counter them with their own tactics.

Don’t say “Democrat opposition”…

Say “Bipartisan opposition”

As Obama’s hack press secretary said, one party dissenter makes it bipartisan, by definition.

jeff_from_mpls on November 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

johnsteele on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

They were in the midst of being tried at Gitmo, but then Obama was inaugurated and put a stop to the tribunal, which makes this all the more frustrating. If Obama had stayed out of it, KSM would probably already have been convicted by now.

juliesa on November 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

We have Barack it’s Bush’s Fault Obama and Eric it’s Bush’s Fault Holder. What a combination.

Dasher on November 21, 2009 at 9:56 AM

They were in the midst of being tried at Gitmo, but then Obama was inaugurated and put a stop to the tribunal, which makes this all the more frustrating. If Obama had stayed out of it, KSM would probably already have been convicted by now.

juliesa on November 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

No, KSM plead guilty, he would have been publicly executed by now, which is why Mohammad bin Obama stopped the military tribunal, doesnt want his Muslim brothers executed before they can wreak more havoc…

doriangrey on November 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Skelton’s no doubt going to get a call from either the White House or from Harry Reid letting him know that some of his pet projects might just go to the bottom of the priorities list if he pushes this thing too far. You’ll know that’s true if when the questioning of Holder finally comes, Ike’s are on the line of “What’s your favorite color?” and the tough queries are left for the Republicans to handle.

jon1979 on November 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

johnsteele on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

They were in the midst of being tried at Gitmo, but then Obama was inaugurated and put a stop to the tribunal, which makes this all the more frustrating. If Obama had stayed out of it, KSM would probably already have been convicted by now.

juliesa on November 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I know that, but my point was that I fault Bush for caving to Congress and the courts in the first place. He should have taken the position that it is a military, wartime, issue; that the military has a mechanism for trying these SOBs; and in his position as President and C-in-C it is his sole responsibility to execute our military and foreign policy, not the district court in DC or the Congress.

By not standing his ground for the prerogatives of the President and C-in-C he weakened the position of all future presidents with respect to matters of war.

I’m sick and tired or discussing how stupid and ideological our Marxist president Obama is so I won’t go there.

johnsteele on November 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Wethal on November 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

I am from Ike’s district and have even voted for him because while he is a democrat, he is a traditional democrat and not on of those libtards. He is in no real danger of losing is spot because he is popular on both sides of the political spectrum here in Missouri. He is a Truman Democrat, one that this Reagan conservative respects (especially when the only choices has been RINOs in many years). Considering some of the moronic democrats Missouri puts out (Russ Carnahan, Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, Claire McCaskill), Skelton is practically a republican compared to them.

Wolftech on November 21, 2009 at 10:07 AM

donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Well, Truman IS Ike’s political hero.

Wolftech on November 21, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Graham made Holder look bad, so this could possibly be trumped up between Skelton and this Administration. It works in two ways: 1)It gives Holder a chance to redeem himself after he has time to know the questions and be prepared this time, and 2)It makes Skelton look good to the majority of his constituents, since a majority of Americans don’t like Holder’s plan for a civilian trial. I smell a rat. . .

Sami on November 21, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Obama’s numbers are down and he needs to remind people why they voted for him by demonizing Bush again. He wants to appease the “Bush as war criminal” folks as well. Not even really about Bush – its still all about Obama. I wish he would find another way. This way is wrong.

doctormom on November 21, 2009 at 9:39 AM

As much as I miss the guy, the best thing Bush has been doing is laying low and out of the spotlight. The less people see of Bush now, the harder it is for Obama to blame him for all today’s issues. Obama “owns” these unemployment numbers, terrorist issues, foreign policy screwups, gov’t spending, etc.

PatMac on November 21, 2009 at 10:16 AM

This is the first significant public pushback from a Democratic Congressman, although some in the Senate expressed at least reservations during Holder’s appearance this week.

Ed, and everybody else: Please get out of the habit of using the word “democratic” instead of “democrat”. There is nothing democratic about these goons. Please?

13Girl on November 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Well, a couple of things on Skelton. Hes always been an old-time Democrat, like Truman. His district is almost completely rural just outside of Kansas City, and has always been very good to the military, I know some who have personally had problems with military pay, etc, solved by a call from him.

And, he in for the hardest fight he’s ever had in his long career of Congress. There are at least two Republicans, one of them very popular (forget the name) vying to challenge him.

This bit with the KSM trial is going 180 from the KC (Red) Star Editorial Board. Wonder if they’ll endorse the other guy instead of him this time? (HAHAHAHAHAHA)

JamesLee on November 21, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Ed, and everybody else: Please get out of the habit of using the word “democratic” instead of “democrat”. There is nothing democratic about these goons. Please?

13Girl on November 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

+1 trillion…..

doriangrey on November 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I know many people out there who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Though, for the time being, I question the timing of the KSM issue. Holder has stated boldly that it is time to address it. Boy, did he ever. Why all of sudden now? Holder’s presentation was very poor. For all of his resources, he did not seem to be prepared to answer direct questions on his decision to try these men in a civilian court. One of the rules set forth for a lawyer is to know in advance the answers before the questions are asked. Holder was not ready to do that. Is this just another political distraction? Did the inner circle of people [Rahm, Axelrod & some DNC strategest Carville] in the Obama administration ask themselves “What is out there that would make the Republic’s heads explode while we get this Health Care power grab accomplished?” “What can we manufacture that seems like a crisis?” “What can be done that will change the healines for the next news cycle “a headline grabber” while this legislation in the senate is going on?”

Is this all just a high stakes political manuever? Is Holder bluffing? Will Holder reverse his decision once the Health Care legislation has been accomplished? Is Holder just taking one for the team? The #1 priority of the Obama administration and the Democrat leadership is this Health Care legislation. They must have a win this year or the momentum will be lost.

Americannodash on November 21, 2009 at 10:28 AM

It seems like a few of the DemoRats are noticing that the ship is starting to sink. I believe that the clever ones will jump ship soon so maybe they could make it to shore by ’10 or in some cases ’12. The rats always know first when something’s going wrong and wisdom dictates that we watch what the rats are doing. They know.

These are the people in the middle that Ayn Rand talked about. They’re “good guys” but they are the ones who are bringing us the evils of socialism. Here’s her full quote:

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromiser is the transmitting rubber tube . . .

When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous, it’s picked up by scoundrels—and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil

.

Mojave Mark on November 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

As much as I welcome any chance for Holder to get further scrutiny for this poor decision, nothing will come of it. Either it will be a sham of a hearing, or there will be no hearing at all. Congressional hearings are mostly worthless–the real work gets done behind the scenes out of the public eye. It is Congress, after all–why would they do any real work in public?

johnny alpha on November 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Skelton, like many, cannot determine how Holder and Obama decided which went where, and implies that it seems arbitrary and not based on any legal considerations.

Wouldn’t we all like to know.

GarandFan on November 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Chicago Boyz has an interesting take on the KMS trial.

How Obama is Bringing Martial Law to America

The greatest danger posed in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) isn’t that he will go free. The greatest danger is that he will be convicted and that during his appeals the courts will ratify all of the extraordinary measures used to capture and convict him. The great danger is that the courts will ratify the rough, inaccurate and ambiguous norms of martial law as applying to all civil criminal trials.

After a couple of decades of these court decisions reverberating throughout the legal system, we could end up living under de facto martial law.

Rae on November 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

He better. He’s in trouble too.

LtE126 on November 21, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Cheers for Senator Skelton!

A spark of sanity within this soppiness and stupidity.

Good to see some spine in the Senate!

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM

SimpleBleeds343GrowInCa

angryed on November 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Freeze-dried concern trolls here!

Get yer freeze-dried concern trolls!!!

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Cheers for SenatorRepresentative Skelton!

A spark of sanity within this soppiness and stupidity.

Good to see some spine in the Senate Congress!

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Was giving Skelton a promotion her doesn’t yet deserve.

Let’s see how he parbroils Holder, first.

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM

I wondered why in just the last couple of days they started running ads about Skelton’s ties to big oil and his vote against a clean energy bill that would “Make 38,000 Missouri jobs and save Missourians money” Kinda funny when they turn cannablistic.

RossMcG on November 21, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Freeze-dried concern trolls here!

Get yer freeze-dried concern trolls!!!

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Speaking of trolls, P.J. Gladnick, who blogs at Newsbusters, also has a hilarious blog called DUmmie Funnies. He bravely wades into the Fever Swamps known as Democrat Underground, DailyKos and PuffHost so we don’t have to soil ourselves, and has collected a great bunch of quotes from Kos Kidz re. the KSM trial:

http://dummiefunnies.blogspot.com/2009/11/kommies-hail-ksm-trialas-weapon-against.html

These trolls are absolutely ecstatic of the prospect of this turning into a show trial not of KSM, but a show trial of the evil Amerika and its former Hitlers, Bush and Cheney.

But of course, they “support the troops”. In Kos’ own words, “screw them”.

Del Dolemonte on November 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM

John Ashcroft says Holder does not have the authority to move the trial from the military court, only Obama can authorize that action.

Jasper61 on November 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM

DO NOT BELIEVE IT. I LIVE IN MO. THIS IS JUST A BIG SHOW B/C PPL ARE HAMMERING IKE FOR HIS PINKO LIBERAL WAYS. HE’S JUST PUFFING HOT AIR TRYING TO SOUND LIKE A TOUGH GUY FOR THE CONSERVATIVE BASE.

voxpopuli on November 21, 2009 at 4:35 PM

IKE SKELTON VOTES WITH NANCY PELOSI 97% OF THE TIME. LOOK IT UP. DO **NOT** REPEAT DO **NOT** CHEER THIS MAN.

voxpopuli on November 21, 2009 at 4:36 PM

I agree this is a gutless ploy by Skelton. For God’s sake, KSM already PLED GUILTY! There’s no need for any trial. That ass Bush could have shot the son of a bitch and saved $75,000,000 any time over the last two or three years.

Regardless his “aggressive” questioning I think Graham’s a horse’s ass not to call Holder out. We’ve got Jayson Blair running the Dept. of Justice. I’m f’g sick of all this Miss Manners crap when you’re facing off with lunatic, commie idiots. Bloody the bastards every time they speak. Lindsay should have laughed in his face. The guy didn’t even check precedence on his case. He couldn’t be a clerk in a decent law office. Holder was sweating bullets. I bet our gay little JAG could have got him shedding tears if he’d cut loose on him.

rcl on November 21, 2009 at 7:40 PM

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee has sent a letter demanding the appearance of Attorney General Eric Holder to explain his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators in federal court.

Does Holder have to show?
donh525 on November 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Yes.
If Congress really cared (which the Dem members don’t) they could solve this problem really easily. In the separation of powers, the founders gave Congress the power to determine what the courts could hear, i.e. the court’s jurisdiction. A federal court can only hear what Congress allows it to hear. Therefor Congress could remove the power of the federal courts to even hear terrorist trials. Problem is the Dems would never do that.

txmomof6 on November 21, 2009 at 9:30 PM

I believe this kabuki dance when KSM’s military tribunal trial starts at Club Gitmo instead of NYC…

Not a minute before…

Khun Joe on November 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM