Gallup: Americans want KSM tried in a military tribunal

posted at 9:30 am on November 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Does the Obama administration ever get tired of getting things wrong?  As their public support drains from the health-care overhaul they’ve pushed for the last several months, they have managed to find another way to marginalize themselves with the American public.  By overwhelming numbers in the latest Gallup survey, Americans disapprove of the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court — and can barely get a majority of Democrats to support it:

By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a civilian criminal court. Most Republicans and independents favor holding the trial in a military court, while the slight majority of Democrats disagree.

These findings come from a Nov. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted a week after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Mohammed’s case would move from a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, where the admitted terrorist was originally charged, to a federal court in New York City.

As with most Gallup surveys, this poll was taken among adults, not registered or likely voters.  That type of sample usually produces numbers that are more sympathetic to liberal policy positions but are less predictive in election forecasting.  This suggests that the decision may be even less popular in the more predictive sampling of registered or likely voters.

The partisan breakdown is significant, too.  Republicans oppose the decision 74/22, as might be expected.   Independents, though, also oppose it by almost 2-1, 63/32.  Democrats support it — but only by eight points, 51/43.  Support for a federal court trial is a fringe position among everyone but Democrats.

The venue isn’t popular, either.  The Obama administration decision to try KSM and his co-defendants in New York City, as opposed to another federal court, gets rejected 51/42 overall.  Again, only Democrats support the venue choice by a majority, 55/36.  Independents reject it by almost the same margin, 55/39, and Republicans oppose it 65/29.

Just about everyone agrees on the death penalty, though.  Overall, 77% of Americans believe that KSM and the other 9/11 plotters should get executed if found guilty, while only 18% oppose it — and that number doesn’t get above 22% in any partisan demographic.

Once again, the Obama administration has taken a position that puts it in the fringe of American thought — and in this case, two decisions.  With these kinds of splits, expect Obama’s job approval numbers to keep dropping.


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If our legal system works as it should, then these guys should walk; No one who has gone through the detainment, mistreatment, and condemnation by the press, Attorney General, and President, could get a fair trial, and the system would work in their favor, as it should for anyone under these “civilian” circumstances.
But, if they do go through a trial and are found guilty and sentenced, then our legal system has been compromised by the President and the Attorney General, and is being used by them for political purposes.
IF THIS HAPPENS, OUR COUNTRY AND ESTABLISHED LEGAL SYSTEM IS FINISHED.
This will prove, beyond a shadow of any doubt, that we have become a dictatorship under Obama and his cronies.

Cybergeezer on November 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Bullseye. obama knows KSM won’t go free, but by forcing his civilian trial against all sanity and reason, obama will guarantee that he has set horrifying precedents, shredding the Consitution and judicial system for the 300 million of us that, come hell or highwater, he WILL own. And it’s time that this truth is shouted from the rooftops before it’s too late.

tigerlily on November 27, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Obama and his officials are just plain idiots. Nuff said.

TheAlamos on November 27, 2009 at 2:05 PM

If there is a terrorist attack in New York during the show trial, would the country get behind Obama the way they did Bush after 9/11? Is that what Obama really wants? Would he then institute martial law, or establish a national civilian security force?

Questions, questions, questions.

Dhuka on November 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I think that if Obama told Democrats to pour a gallon of gas over their heads and light a match, it would be supported by a slim majority. At least. Sane people, on the other hand, know better.

Terrye on November 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

STUFF A PORK CHOP IN EACH OF THEIR MOUTHES, STUFF THEIR RECTUMS FULL OF FEMALE UNDERGARMENTS, WRAP THEM IN LONG STRIPS OF BACON (STAPLE THEM SO THEY DON’T COME OFF) AND FRY THEM IN PIG LARD. THEN STUFF THEM IN A HOLE STOMACH DOWN AND ASS UP – ASS POINTING TOWARDS MECCA – WHICH IS BACK FILLED WITH ROTTING PIG GUTS. BUILD A NICE BIG PUBLIC TOILET OVER THE SITE. DO THIS ALL AT THE SITE OF THE TWIN TOWERS AND ONE AT THE PENTAGON. MAKE SURE ALL OF THIS DONE AFTER THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY OF ATTICA GETS A LONG WEEKEND WITH THEM. NEXT QUESTION.

. . . .How come I never get polled? . . . .

Bubba Redneck on November 27, 2009 at 6:39 PM

bama is an utter fool for setting up this debacle. These diaper-heads aren’t worth the time–o-day. Fry their sorry anal pores and send em on to a better hive in the hereafter with their ration of virgins. You can’t even call this offal animals without defaming worthwhile creatures. These sphincters have no worth and should just be tossed into the nearest sewage treatment plant.

jgdp on November 27, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Let’s just hang the hairy bastard and get it over with.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2009 at 1:45 AM

I want DEATH for KSM, IMMEDIATELY, if not SOONER

nelsonknows on November 28, 2009 at 2:56 AM

I have a ball peen hammer just ITCHING to put this SOB out of our misery, I won’t waste a bullet on this Bastardo. if I was in charge of Gitmo, this would have been over a LONG time ago, the sharks in the Cayman Trench would be fat and happy and I’d DARE anyone in Wahsington to say a damned thing about it!
Bring this scumbag to me and I will do this myself!

nelsonknows on November 28, 2009 at 3:00 AM

Beard? That ain’t no stinkin beard.

I got more hair on my …

Besides, ZZ Top has the cover.

“Clean shirt, new shoes and I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
Silk suit, black tie, I don’t need a reason why.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
’cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain’t missin’, not a single thing.

And cuff links, stickpin,
when I step out I’m gonna do you in.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
’cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat, I don’t worry ’cause my wallet’s fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for love.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
’cause every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

I don’t know what I’m gonna do…

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 3:10 AM

I’d be remiss in not posting a down and dirty
link.
Go forth and conquer if you got the legs

You guys ALL rock, if there is one of you that is not on the front line and thinks he’s not an alpha male, you’re wrong. Hang tough and kick ass. Do your job as you were trained and COME home!
You hung in. WE WIN!

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 3:23 AM

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