US charges 9/11 plotters in military commission system

posted at 10:45 am on May 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration has quietly refiled charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 plotters in the military commission system.  How quietly?  The commissions office apparently only told the families of 9/11 victims about it last night, and news organization as of this morning are still not reporting it:

30 May 2011
2000 hours

Dear 9/11 Families,

We wanted to inform you that charges will be sworn tomorrow against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al Hawsawi for their involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The eight charges common to all five of the accused are: Conspiracy, Murder in Violation of the Law of War, Attacking Civilians, Attacking Civilian Objects, Intentionally Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Destruction of Property in Violation of the Law of War, Hijacking Aircraft, and Terrorism.

The new action only restarts the process that Barack Obama upended in January 2009 by executive order:

These charges are allegations and the five accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a military commission.

After charges have been sworn, they will be presented to the Legal Advisor for the Convening Authority (CA) for his review and advice. After this review, the CA – in his sole discretion – may then refer the charges to a military commission. The CA will also determine whether or not to refer the charges to a capital military commission (meaning whether or not the death penalty will be sought in the case). If referred (capital or non-capital), a military judge would then be assigned and a panel of eligible military officers would be selected as potential members of the military commission. The accused would then be arraigned within 30 days of the service of the referred charges.

Twenty-nine months after Barack Obama took office, we’re finally back to the status quo ante.  We’re only closer to justice in the sense that we’ve finally worked around the obstacles that Obama insisted on throwing in its path.  That’s not to say it’s entirely his fault; the only reason Obama had the opportunity to toss wrenches in the works of the military commission was because Congress and the Bush administration took too long to address the nature of military commissions, and the Supreme Court interjected itself in a forum that had more than 200 years of precedent of being within the purview of the executive while at Congressionally-authorized war.

Nevertheless, we have wasted almost two and a half years, thanks to Obama’s insistence on trying illegal combatants captured abroad during wartime in civil courts for the first time in American history, which was only stopped because of the outrage of the American people.  Let’s get it done this time, please.

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Hope and Change, defined.

unclesmrgol on May 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Epic Fail, a novel by Barack Obama.

search4truth on May 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

About freakin’ time!

Tony737 on May 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Barry & Holder must be soooooo proud. Flippin soulless idealogues & political opportunists, they should be ashamed of themselves but we all no they have NO shame.

Tim Zank on May 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Let’s get a move on.

I don’t want these morons dying of natural causes before they can be executed, like Milosevic at The Hague.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Eric Holder weeps…

d1carter on May 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

That’s not to say it’s entirely his fault

No, it’s All Bush’s Fault.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Could have been done years ago, with the trials completed, if not for Obama and Holder.

Again, simple fact: Bush was right, Obama was wrong.

neoavatara on May 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Get Manning’s trial started, too.

Blake on May 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

MorOn.org and Code Pinko:

“We’re….uh…busy shadowing Rumsfeldt every hour of the day. Find someone else to protest against PBHO.”

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM

About dang time

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Hangings in time for the 2012 elections?

faraway on May 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM

News orgs too busy being outfoxed by SP. Guilty verdicts will come next year as Oct surprise.

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Hardest hit: the idiot Eric Holder’s law firm.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

More VINDICATION for George W. Bush

jp on May 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Didn’t he plead guilty?

Akzed on May 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

The new action only restarts the process that Barack Obama upended in January 2009 by executive order:

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That was one long a* nap Skippy…
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RalphyBoy on May 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Obama lied again.

Media? Bueller? Media? Bueller?

*crickets*

profitsbeard on May 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The new action only restarts the process that Barack Obama upended in January 2009 by executive order:

Wonder when The One will change his mind again.

GarandFan on May 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Don’t forget the role played by Obama’s corrupt perjurer and hand-tool, Eric Holder, undoubtedly the most incompetent and corrupt politician ever to disgrace the office of Attorney General.

novaculus on May 31, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Before we all die of old age, please.

Little Boomer on May 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I still can’t stand those candid shots of Rosie O’Donnell. Boy she looks rough in the morning.

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Dear 9/11 Families,

For pity’s sake, does NO ONE in this administration know how to do a mail merge? That’s pathetic. Really, it’s a slap in the face that the administration can’t be bothered to at least address the letter personally.

Laura Curtis on May 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

The new action only restarts the process that Barack Obama upended in January 2009 by executive order

I’d like to quote a line fequently used in one of my son’s favorite TV shows to address the Obama administration:

You have caused confusion and delay!

Scrappy on May 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

He sure is hairy. BTW, what prison will host him? Does the military have prisons for lifers? I still find it hard to believe that Ron Jeremy was behind 9/11. But pictures don’t lie.

keep the change on May 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

FINALLY!

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Wait ’till Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, and Janeane Garofalo hear about this miscarraige of justice.

Really Right on May 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I hope the ACLU shuts down that military commissions system.

Spathi on May 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

The timing is immpeccable…First OBL is done in at just passed the half way poit of his first term. Anyone willing to bet that 100 years from now (should western civilization still be standing) they will show how Obama purposely “delayed” the Military Tribunals so that the convictions could occur to bolster hi campaign for re-election?

RedLizard64 on May 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I hope the ACLU shuts down that military commissions system.

Spathi on May 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I doubt it. Though there are few legal venues beyond the ability of the Atheists, Communists, and Lunatics Union to corrupt…this will likely be one of them.

If not, the military shouldn’t even bother to take prisoners any longer.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM