[Op-Ed By Yossi Gestetner] The Obama Administration, NYC Boss Bloomberg, and Liberal bloggers say that terror suspects need to stand trial in NY because where else if not in the city they committed their crimes should the terrorists be brought to justice?
This – that the perpetrators should stand trial just blocks of where they committed their acts – is the main talking point that we hear from those who support bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to NY to stand trial in a civilian court. But if this is really the underlying reason for bringing KSM to NY, the Defense Department should set up a military commission in the pit at Ground Zero in a temporary building, and place KSM and his buddies to trial there. Why try KSM in a civilian court with all the rights that the court gives?
The answer is simple: bringing KSM to “the place of HIS crime” is NOT the real reason why he will get a day (perhaps years) in the civilian system; it’s just a tactic to get more people on-board this crazy plan by making them feel-good that the process is taking place “just blocks away” of ground zero. The real reason why KSM is being brought to NY is a dangers approach from President Obama and his team to go back to a pre-9/11 setting, and to “show the world” that we America try terrorists – who want to destroy the American way of life – the same way we treat regular American citizens.
One more thing: why do I keep hearing “the place of their crimes?” Using the word “the place of their terrorist acts” comes across more accurate.
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(Yossi Gestetner – YWN)