Will Obama and Holder Be Tried in Civilian Court? (Updated)
posted at 8:55 am on November 17, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
This is the question I have been asking myself this morning, after reading a thought-provoking article at Real Clear Politics by Ronald Cass, Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law and Chairman of the Center for the Rule of Law. Cass makes a point that should silence critics of the argument that terrorists deserve no more rights than other criminals of war and should be tried by the military.
Namely, he reminds the reader of a very unfortunate consequence of the Clinton administration’s decision to prosecute those responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing in federal court in New York. For those too liberal to remember, Lynne Stewart, attorney for the blind cleric, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, leaked strategic government information gathered through discovery to the cleric’s cohorts in al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, a terrorist organization. For this act of treason, Stewart, who should have faced a firing squad, was sentenced instead to 28 months in prison and was disbarred.
The damage was done, however. Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya knew all they needed to know about how U.S. intelligence monitored acts of terrorism, who was on their watch list, and how to circumvent these pitfalls in planning future terrorist acts. No doubt, the information was passed along to al-Gama’s deadlier sister organization, Al Qaeda. In essence, treating an act of terrorism as a law enforcement matter in 1993 may have been a factor in Al Qaeda’s finishing the job of bringing down the WTC in 2001.
You’d think future generations of leaders would learn from experience. Not Barack Obama and his loon in the Justice Department, Eric Holder. It’s too important for them to make a political statement to the American electorate on how “differently” this administration is from its predecessor. So my question for Holder and Obama is: Do you feel lucky, punk?
There is no reason to suspect there will be another leak in the civilian trial of KSM and his fellow scum. Neither is there a reason to suspect something won’t slip through the cracks. Should that happen and there is another attack, I hope the government will find a special way of thanking Obama and Holder for their service.
UPDATE: Talk about your coincidences. I just learned, via a post by Ed Morrissey, that Lynne Stewart, who had been set free on bail while appealing her conviction, is on her way back to the slammer. “Today, the federal appeals court not only upheld her conviction and revoked her bail, but they also sent the case back to the district court for reconsideration of the shockingly light 28-month sentence Stewart initially received.”