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Will Obama and Holder Be Tried in Civilian Court? (Updated)

posted at 8:55 am on November 17, 2009 by

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.”

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With this bunch of idiots in charge. I think there is every reason to believe something is going to get F’d up and KSM will become the Teflon Don- Islamic edition.

ZeeMI on November 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Washington already leaks like a sieve. Our enemies inside and out already know all they need to know about our intelligence gathering. By using law instead of force with the terrorists, they will remain steps ahead of us.

Kissmygrits on November 17, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Thats how terrorists and terrorists sympathizers work. Once the damage is done they just claim..oops!..well we’ll just have to work around that..but we’re gonna be sure that never happens again! And everyone knows its bullcrap, but no one knows what to do about it. This regime is very audacious about it, whether its the words and actions of Holder, from “America is a nation of cowards”..to turning a blind eye to the New Black Panther voter intimidation, to the attack of people at townhall meetings by SEIU members, to the seeming indifference to possible corruption and organized crime actions by ACORN, Americorp, SEIU, to placing the trials of terrorists in NY, etc. or Maobamas blind inaction in dealing with Iran before they acquire nukes, or the dithering in sending support troops to Afghanistan..to unconstitutional actions in taking over companies..to setting income levels to pushing thru economy breaking unread legislation, to blatant paybacks to Andy Stern etc. These are all things designed to destroy the United States of America…and they just barge ahead and do it. We. Don’t. Know. What. To. Do. About.It. And they know it.

Itchee Dryback on November 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Great article, but I’m afraid it’ll never happen. When (I hate to say it this way, but it’s clearly fast becoming more realistic than “If”) another attack occurs the first blame will be on Bush. “He said he kept us SAFE?” will be the mantra blathered and bleated throughout the media, the loudest voices echoing from the White House.

Bob Beckel ALREADY blamed Bush last night on Hannity, claiming the attacks on 9/11 were the fault of a bad FBI, CIA communications network and Bush.

Isn’t it interesting that Obama has been in the White House for nearly a year, yet nothing is his fault yet. But Bush was in office barely nine months when 9/11 occurred and it was ALL his fault?

Mad Mad Monica on November 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I have been trying to get someone who knows to answer this. If the power of the constitution comes from the people can we the people bring impeachment charges and treason charges on ourselves? And as the duties of citizens are laid out it is our duty to throw out a government which is “doing harm” to the persuit of happiness of the people, so other than storming the place and throwing them out, how is that done?

I think it is time we start thinking of such things. We can no longer wait or rely on the turncoats we have chosen for representatives. The people have to throw them all out and we cannot wait for an election to start to do it.

patriotparty1 on November 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I think we need to start with making our governors call a continental congress.

patriotparty1 on November 17, 2009 at 2:08 PM

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.”

Coincidence? Psh yeah right. I’m sure the strings were pulled.

voxpopuli on November 17, 2009 at 9:06 PM

You’d think future generations of leaders would learn from experience. Not Barack Obama and his loon in the Justice Department, Eric Holder.

They did learn. They learned how to attack our nation at the feet of their leftist mentors. It is an expansion of their strategy of infecting the justice system and turning criminals loose on the citizenry in the late ’60s.

A perplexed population cheered for Dirty Harry while the elites sneered.

Feedie on November 18, 2009 at 12:01 AM

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.

Al-Qaeda tried to topple the towers in 1993 and succeeded in 2001.

Al-Qaeda tried to destroy the White House/Capitol in 2001. Will they try again?

So my question for Holder and Obama is: Do you feel lucky, punk?

Disturb the Universe on November 18, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … impeached!

Dukehoopsfan on November 18, 2009 at 10:28 AM