Game over: WH sources say New York trial for KSM is all but dead

posted at 5:29 pm on January 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

The more I think about it, the less I like it.

The Obama administration appears to have abandoned plans to put Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and four co-conspirators on trial in Lower Manhattan, according to administration sources.

“It seems less and less likely” that the trial will take place in New York, according to a senior administration official…

In a letter to the president Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said a New York trial heightens the risk of a terrorist attack.

“Without getting into classified details, I believe we should view the attempted Christmas Day plot as a continuation, not an end, of plots to strike the United States by al-Qaeda and its affiliates,” Feinstein said. “Moreover, New York City has been a high-priority target since at least the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. The trial of the most significant terrorist in custody would add to the threat.”

There are three reasons to move the trial. The first is cost, but the higher cost of holding it in NYC is arguably justified by the city’s institutional knowledge of conducting terrorism trials and the NYPD’s counterterrorism capabilities. More money gets you better security in this case. The second is that moving him to a military tribunal would deny him a public soapbox for propaganda and the sort of discovery rights that could threaten national security. Problem is, they’re not talking about sending him to a tribunal; on the contrary, according to WaPo, the White House is fully committed to a civilian trial somewhere in America. The third reason, and the one that grates, is that New Yorkers supposedly can’t stand the ordeal of hosting this filthbag in town. Quoth David Paterson, “Every time there is a loud noise during the two years of those trials, it’s going to frighten people and I think New Yorkers have been through enough.” Which sounds nice, except that (a) shuddering at loud noises is already priced into the experience of living in the city post-9/11, and (b) shouting “no mas” in the face of a terrorist threat — which will remain grave whether KSM is tried here or not — isn’t exactly Patton-esque. We can take it. Short of moving, we have no choice.

There is one good reason for moving it, even if it’s only to a civilian court in another city. If, as most everyone agrees, the threat of terrorism will be even higher during a trial than it normally is, it makes no sense strategically to paint a bigger bullseye on the country’s financial nerve center. The economic fallout from an attack will be huge anyway; why risk making it huger by putting Wall Street directly in the line of fire? Exit rallying cry: Do it for the fatcat bankers!


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Now if we can just get Obama to relocate…

DerKrieger on January 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Like, Obamacare dead, Cap & Trade dead, Princess Bride dead, zombie dead?

Or like, doornail dead?

catmman on January 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM

is that New Yorkers supposedly can’t stand the ordeal of hosting this filthbag in town

You really don’t think so Allah? And if it did happen, and if there was another “test” by terrorists. What then?

upinak on January 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Obama is a FAILED President.

portlandon on January 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Out of Manhattan and onto Governors Island. Yay.

RushBaby on January 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Send him to my place. I have a few acres and my neighbors will only hear one load noise then they can go back to sleep.

Electrongod on January 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

but obama did well in a q and a and that more then evens out the stupidity of announcing a trial location then pulling back like they have no clue what they are doing.

rob verdi on January 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

If the WH has actually caved, I think it is time to get Holder’s head on a platter and KSM put back into the military tribunal system.

myrenovations on January 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

From the purely political perspective, I wish they would try this stunt.

I’d make Democrats look like idiots.

oh wait… nevermind

franksalterego on January 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

What if they attack NYC anyway no matter where the trial is held?

d1carter on January 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Circling the drain……….

rockmom on January 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

SOLID B+

jukin on January 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Like I said, all that matter to Americans anymore are results. The man is granting constitutional rights to foreign terrorist and paying for their lawyers and all the pretty speeches Obama gives won’t change how angry that makes the average, common sense American. Substance people, not style is all that matters for here on out.

TheBigOldDog on January 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

If the WH has actually caved, I think it is time to get Holder’s head on a platter and KSM put back into the military tribunal system.

myrenovations on January 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

The hearings and investigations after next January are going to be brutal. Holder’s going to have a rap sheet a mile long by then.

rockmom on January 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM

(b) shouting “no mas” in the face of a terrorist threat — which will remain grave whether KSM is tried here or not — isn’t exactly Patton-esque.

You lost me. I have no idea what you’re talking about, here.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 5:39 PM

GITMO!

maverick muse on January 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

How about holding the trial on a military base, say Gitmo.

JiangxiDad on January 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

maverick muse on January 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

as my kids would say, “jinx.”

JiangxiDad on January 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Out of Manhattan and onto Governors Island. Yay.

RushBaby on January 29, 2010 at 5:34 PM

NYPD already ruled out Governors Island earlier this week.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM

So they now want to move the trial to Governors Island. That’s really no different than holding it in Manhattan, is it? Or am I the only hearing that?

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I would like to suggest alternate sites:
1. Chicago
2. Dover
3. San Francisco

Let’s see how the liberals feel about this.

GarandFan on January 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Governor’s Island still gives him a soapbox and access to national intelligence secrets. I’ll bet the security costs will still be sky high. What’s to stop a subway bombing or anthrax attack in Manhatten even with the change, just to make a point?

a capella on January 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

the White House is fully committed to a civilian trial somewhere in America.

WHY?
paper tiger is rearing his ugly head…

cmsinaz on January 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

“Curses…. foiled again!”

–Barack Hussein 0bama

UltimateBob on January 29, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Substance people, not style is all that matters for here on out.

TheBigOldDog on January 29, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Yep. Obama’s style is fraud, and absent valid substance. Being the emperor without clothes all along, we’re tired of his mean bony ass poking us indiscriminately with no regard for our Constitution, charging us with his own exorbitant expenditures to buy his friends trillions through DEBTS equal to everything America ever previously owed combined.

There is no logical reason to not begin the formal impeachment process, gathering the charges and evidence NOW. If nothing else, it is LEVERAGE.

maverick muse on January 29, 2010 at 5:46 PM

One more EPIC FAIL in a long line of Epic Failures…..

PatriotRider on January 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

If, as most everyone agrees, the threat of terrorism will be even higher during a trial than it normally is, it makes no sense strategically to paint a bigger bullseye on the country’s financial nerve center.

Even beyond that, New York City is by far the largest city in the nation. If we’re to paint a bigger bullseye somewhere, it would make sense that it’s a less populated somewhere, as that would theoretically make security easier (less people to hide in) and would put less people in harm’s way.

Esthier on January 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

smells like this trial will wander the way the New York garbage barge did in the 80′s

Daveyardbird on January 29, 2010 at 5:48 PM

“Curses…. foiled again!”

–Barack Hussein 0bama

UltimateBob on January 29, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Ha, I told Slublog the other day that Obama doesn’t deserve the super hero costume, but Snidely Whiplash!

maverick muse on January 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM

If they are so keen on a civilian trial, why don’t they just hold the trial at the White House?

AmericanUnderground on January 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM

What if they attack NYC anyway no matter where the trial is held?

d1carter on January 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM

You can be sure NY and the rest of the nation are targets but Obama and holder have a point to make. GITMO is perfect for the tribunals, housing and eventual disposal of the terrorists.

fourdeucer on January 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Governors Island is a part of New York City practically speaking. Have the trial in a liberal mecca like San Francisco! The libs will be proud to have in in their fair city!

MCGIRV on January 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Not to sound like too much of a jerk, but why shouldn’t the trial be held in NYC? Obama must have carried Manhattan by 30 points at least. Let The One’s groupies play host to this mess; they’re the ones who wanted leftist policies after 8 years of Chimpy McHitlerburton. After all, it wasn’t the people of Dallas, Salt Lake City or Phoenix who put Barry Alinsky in the Oval Office.

Travis Bickle on January 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Game over: WH sources say New York trial for KSM is all but dead

Key words: “all but”. Obama and his minions might find some way to resurrect this monster to save face, like with the ObamaCare bill and Cap & Trade. He just can’t admit a mistake.

Obama:
I DON’T MAKE MISTEAKS!
I DON’T MAKE MISTEAKS!
I DON’T MAKE MISTEAKS!

Steve Z on January 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Governors Island is a part of New York City practically speaking. Have the trial in a liberal mecca like San Francisco! The libs will be proud to have in in their fair city!

MCGIRV on January 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Alcatraz! With no possibility of “escape”.

Steve Z on January 29, 2010 at 5:53 PM

…why risk making it huger by putting Wall Street directly in the line of fire?

For Obama and the Dems that’s a feature, not a bug.

Master Shake on January 29, 2010 at 5:53 PM

My guess: He’s going to be tried in military court in Gitmo.

Or held in detention until he dies.

No chance of a civilian trial.

SteveMG on January 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Is Obie admitting that Chaney was right?

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Quoth David Paterson, “Every time there is a loud noise during the two years of those trials, it’s going to frighten people and I think New Yorkers have been through enough.”

Like that plane flying low over the Statue of Liberty? Now, wait a minute, who did that?

Steve Z on January 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM

So we have a really bad idea; try terrorists in civilian court, under civilian rules, at a location that is already a known, declared terrorists target, and we try to make it a less bad idea by moving the trial location?

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

The Daily Kooks and HuffPo’s go crazy in 3..2..1

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Game over…!?!?!?

Not until they try these pirates in GITMO, where they belong.

Keep the pressure on your congress-critters, people.

GET THE THUGS OFF SHORE.

Ragspierre on January 29, 2010 at 5:57 PM

A Trial to Nowhere

Electrongod on January 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Plum Island? Just ship Holder and KSM over. Tell them “het, we’ll be right back!”

katy the mean old lady on January 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM

So they now want to move the trial to Governors Island. That’s really no different than holding it in Manhattan, is it? Or am I the only hearing that?

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM

As I said at the exact same minute you posted, NYPD’s Ray Kelley ruled Governors Island out as a venue a few days ago.
As I recall the concern was that NYPD could not guarantee safety during the 7 minute ferry trip.

But any proposal (the other sites proposed besides GI are Otisville, Stewart AFB and West Point) would require a feasibility study first.

The problem with Governors Island is that it would require a lot of infrastructure improvements to become trial-ready-it hasn’t been used as a military base for almost 15 years.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I am thinking that KSM should consult with Edwards’ stylist. Just sayin’.

chaswv on January 29, 2010 at 6:02 PM

No doubt, San Fransisco would be the best choice. Perhaps Chicago.
These are strongly supportive of anything the president does, so I would think they would embrace the idea.
Both are very liberal, and I know SF has called for the shutdown of Gitmo.
Of course the advantage of SF is that they do not want any military involved, so it would be a huge cost savings.

right2bright on January 29, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Governor’s Island still gives him a soapbox and access to national intelligence secrets. I’ll bet the security costs will still be sky high. What’s to stop a subway bombing or anthrax attack in Manhatten even with the change, just to make a point?

a capella on January 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Governors Island would be easier to directly hit with a hijacked plane than a single building in Lower Manhattan. And another angle-Governors Island houses the ventilation tower for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (it appears in GI pictures as the tall white structure).

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Alcatraz Island in the San Fransico Bay would be an Ideal location for the trial. :)

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Maybe it is time for some other city to experience the joys of having a bullseye painted on its streets.

Surely there is some struggling urban city like Detroit or Chicago that could use the financial incentive of a 3+ year terrorist trial.

katiejane on January 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

If not Alcatraz then the Sky lobby of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Isn’t Governor’s Island still considered part of the NYC metro area?

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

What is being confessed is that Justice is too frightened of Muslims and Islam to do its work in the open. Not a good message to Islam, hardly likely to encourage them to ease up. You won’t be the first great nation that has submitted to Islam at the current rate you are going.

BL@KBIRD on January 29, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Didn’t New Yorkers see this coming when they overwhelmingly voted for this guy to be their President? Wouldn’t it only be fair for New Yorkers to have to shoulder the burden, since it seems that that is what they wanted? What’s the alternative – Nebraska? Kansas? People out there didn’t vote for him.

Another question I have is why assume that NYC wouldn’t be a target regardless of where the trial is held? It seems to me that people are still thinking too symmetrically in assuming that the trial will make NYC an even more inviting target. AQ knows what will hurt us, and what won’t. Bombing a federal courthouse in North Dakota (hypothetically) wouldn’t have as much value to them as another spectacular attack on another business and financial center.

SWLiP on January 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Obama is the biggest laughingstock to ever reside in the White House. I bet he has a czar to tie his shoes.

volsense on January 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Thanks for the explanation. The only reason I mentioned it was because it was all over talk radio here in Chicago today.

And to all you folks hoping this trial comes to Chicago, in my back yard, think again. The majority of folks here are totally against the Gitmo prisoners being sent here. The same outrage you’re hearing coming out New York will be just as loud in Chicago.

Every moonbat I know, thinks this is outrageous even though their still in full Chicago Jesus worship.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

There are three reasons to move the trial.

You missed the real reason to move it – because foreign fighters should not be brought onto US soil without some compelling national security advantage to be gained, which is not even in the ballpark of these cases.

huger

Interesting. Precedential, even.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Aaaah, the power of NIMBY. The real issue, giving constitutional rights to foreign enemies, is still not being addressed.

GnuBreed on January 29, 2010 at 6:17 PM

I would like to make a point that is starting to get over looked. This trial has NOTHING to do with KSM. It is meant to put BUSH and CHENEY on trial nothing more nothing less. This was supposed to start in or around 2012 to fire up Obie’s moonbat base for reelection. I’m just glad there are enough people that did not drink the kool-aid that see thru this.

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Why not just let the son of a bit%h go…?

Then let nature take it’s course.

“OK, KSM… You’re free to go. Here’s $20 bucks for a bus ticket.”

Seven Percent Solution on January 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM

is that New Yorkers supposedly can’t stand the ordeal of hosting this filthbag in town

You really don’t think so Allah? And if it did happen, and if there was another “test” by terrorists. What then?

upinak on January 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

’tis true. No one around here wants this trial in Manhattan. They made a huge misjudgement thinking that NY’ers actually would have relished putting KSM on trial right in the same city he attacked.

Of course…given that reasoning, why not have his trial in Wash, DC? And tell the Obama administration not to beat feet out of town while it’s going on…see if they like it.

JetBoy on January 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

And to all you folks hoping this trial comes to Chicago, in my back yard, think again. The majority of folks here are totally against the Gitmo prisoners being sent here. The same outrage you’re hearing coming out New York will be just as loud in Chicago.

Every moonbat I know, thinks this is outrageous even though their still in full Chicago Jesus worship.

Knucklehead on January 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Good post. I know most folks do not want the trial anywhere in USA. I was just trying to make a joke about Obie.

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Fox News just ran a segment on this, and after reading the NYTimes article to which AllahPundit directs our attention, it seems clear to me that what we need is for congress to write legislation that defines terrorism, authorizes military tribunals for those cases, and sets the location for the trials and subsequent execution or life imprisonment in GITMO.

Terrorism should be defined as targeting civilians with mass casualty attacks for the purpose of political or religious intimidation. Also included should be those who aid the execution of these attacks with logistical, financial, technical, and psychological support. Those who recruit for those attacks, and those who assist with planning.

No, I do not expect this congress to ever do that.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Isn’t Governor’s Island still considered part of the NYC metro area?

Christian Conservative on January 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Yes-legally it’s part of the Borough of Manhattan.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM

The complete incompetence of this bunch is the gift that keeps on giving. EVERYDAY there’s another one. I was embarrassed at the lecture Bambi gave the Republicans today…He is pathologically–Um–I believe the technical term is Batchit!
Now this, but they never admit a goof, they just “change their direction” (and do this with remarkable speed!).

I don’t think he’s going to have any choice in the end in trying KSM in a tribunal at Gitmo, but he’s going to repackage the whole mess, change the name of the place to something softer like, “Unicornia Cay,” and then nod wisely and say this was (somehow the plan all along!).

Chewy the Lab on January 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM

No, I do not expect this congress to ever do that.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Nor do I want them to. Everybody from the NRA to the Tea Party Movement and The Boy Scouts would be classified as Terrorists. Not NO but HE!L NO!!

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM

The boy scouts and the NRA are planning mass casualty attacks on civilian targets? I didn’t know that.

My point was violence to ‘terrorize’ the civilian population for political or religious reasons.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Hyde Park. They can borrow a building from the University of Chicago…

Realist on January 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM

No, I do not expect this congress to ever do that.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Not as long as Congress has Democrats in it-simply because they abhor the “T” word itself.

Many years ago I sent an e-mail to NY Times “Editor” Bill Keller with some assorted questions about the paper, and to my great surprise he e-mailed me back.

He answered all of my questions except for one. What was the question that struck a raw nerve?

I asked him why, in the early 1990s after using the word “terrorism” in its front page story for decades, had the paper suddenly stopped using that word to describe the bad guys?

As I say, he refused to answer.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I would like to suggest alternate sites:
1. Chicago
2. Dover
3. San Francisco

Let’s see how the liberals feel about this.

GarandFan on January 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

M1, you and I are usually on the same page, but Chicago is only marginally less a financial markets hub than NYC. The BOT, BBOE & CME are all within a couple of blocks of the Fed Courts. Goldman Sachs/Gore’s carbon credits exchange as well, but I’m all for leveling that pile of crap. But overall bad plan.

On the other hand, if put the trails on the south-side, say Hyde Pk, home to Alinsky, Ayers, FDR, Upton Sinclair, Obama and just about every other progressive commie the country has ever known, well I’m down with that by all means.

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Thats supposed to be the BPOE not BBOE.

Archimedes on January 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

My point was violence to ‘terrorize’ the civilian population for political or religious reasons.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I got your point. I am just saying i would NOT trust this Congress with defining terrorism! Can you imagine what they would come up with?

PS. I hope I did not offend you I was not trying to.

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM

No offense taken, I recognized the reaction having it myself from time to time. I too am fearful of the progressives defining Christians, Conservatives, or white republicans as being enemies of the state.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Drop the terrorism definition and just make it “attacks on Americans and American interests in/from foreign lands” are not to be brought onto US soil without an exemption (for when it is advantageous to us to do so) and go through the military process and I’d be good with it. But, that will never happen either. We’ll be lucky if Congress doesn’t decide to just award everyone in the world American citizenship.

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

2 years? Jeeezuz OJ only lasted 1 year.

angryed on January 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

New Yorkers have been through enough?

9/11 was not the Blitz. 9/11 was not the Wars of the Roses. 9/11 was not Stalingrad.

It was the second successful attack on the same target, true, but it’s absurd to pump it up beyond what it was.

There’s no reason KSM and his ilk should have a civilian trial, and there’s no reason he should ever set foot in the US again. As far as I’m concerned there’s no reason he should be alive today.

JEM on January 29, 2010 at 6:47 PM

neurosculptor on January 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The NYTimes article was about a legal US resident planning a mass casualty attack inside the United States.

Take the proverbial hypothetical crazed Christian believer releasing a biological agent in a large urban area to force the nonbeliever to confront his mortality and find faith in Jesus. Would/Could that act not be defined as ‘terrorism’.

Threaten mass death if y’all don’t accept Jesus; I’d call that insanity, but I don’t terrorize easily.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:53 PM

I read somewhere that since the military dropped the charges at the request of the Obama administration, KSM cannot be tried by a military tribunal because of double jeopardy, or something. If other cities refuse to be the trial site, the Oafbama administration will be in something of a double bind.

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I think the purpose of a civilian trial was in the hopes that during the discovery process and the course of the trial that facts not flattering to BOOOSH or CHENEY would come out. It was all about getting at BOOOSH.

And now that New York has rejected the trial, the Oafbama-nuts want to deny funding for the 9/11 victims. Payback!

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM

I think the purpose of a civilian trial was in the hopes that during the discovery process and the course of the trial that facts not flattering to BOOOSH or CHENEY would come out. It was all about getting at BOOOSH.

And now that New York has rejected the trial, the Oafbama-nuts want to deny funding for the 9/11 victims. Payback!

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Bingo!

Dire Straits on January 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

My lord these people are absolute morons.

Does Obama use a 20-sider to make decisions?

Chuck Schick on January 29, 2010 at 7:24 PM

We are not remotely interested in finding “alternative sites” for civilian, Stalinist-type show trials . Most Americans want these terrorists to stand trial before military tribunals (as the law provides), with those military tribunals being conducted at Guantanamo – which was set up by law (post 9/11) for just such a purpose.

Q. WHY CAN’T OBAMA GRASP THIS CONCEPT???

alwyr on January 29, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I don’t know if this is a Friday night dump of a trial balloon to see how it flies in the polls and the Sunday talking-head shows, but Rich Lowry reports a Major Garrett update:

Guantanamo military trial an option for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Fox News

By Major Garrett

In the aftermath of the White House’s decision to seek alternative sites for trials of the 9/11 plotters, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a senior administration official said Friday it is possible the suspects could be tried under military charges at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

The official stressed this is not the preferred option, but said using military commissions at Guantanamo for these high-visibility trials is “part of the range of options” the adminstration is “looking at in light of the fact some in Congress are planning to prevent the trials from occurring in New York City.”

There is no timeline for deciding where to hold the trials of the five suspects charged in the 2001 attacks. Senior White House and Justice Department officials are reviewing a “wide panoply” of options and Guantanamo is merely “one of many,” the official said….

The “offical” is using a lot of weaseling phrasing, but I think that this will go back to Gitmo as a military tribunal.

Scott Brown’s forthright statements throughout his campaign about the issue and Congress’s threats not to fund the transfer surely have had an impact in reversing Holder’s absolutely foolish (and dangerous) postion. There is enough mayhem going on in the courts right now with that Al Qaeda babe that Michelle Malkin wrote a column about.

I have found that on issues of national security, Diane Feinstein does get it. Kudos to her.

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Someone please wake up Janet Incompetano about the latest developments. She was last seen taking a snooze in the Capitol chambers during the SOTU on Wednesday.

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

My point was violence to ‘terrorize’ the civilian population for political or religious reasons.

Skandia Recluse on January 29, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Why does there need to be ANY reason attached? If it’s mass destruction attempt, who cares what the purpose is? Otherwise it’s just another hate crime.

leftnomore on January 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

I read somewhere that since the military dropped the charges at the request of the Obama administration, KSM cannot be tried by a military tribunal because of double jeopardy, or something. If other cities refuse to be the trial site, the Oafbama administration will be in something of a double bind.

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Not true. According to a source at “The Corner,” the charges can be reinstated so that a military tribunal is possible.

onlineanalyst on January 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Onlineanalyst:

Thanks for the clarification. That eases my mind on that point at least!

Dhuka on January 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Parsing words or playing word games is not beyond this administration or Chucky Schumer. By New York do they mean New York City or New York State? (A subtle but significant distinction) The US District Court Southern District covers NYC and several counties north of “the city”.

diogenes on January 29, 2010 at 10:28 PM