Another 180 degree reversal from the Obama administration. Khalid Sheik Mohammed and 4 other 9/11 conspirators will be tried at Guantanamo detention center rather than on US soil in a civilian court.
Congress tied the Obama administration's hands in trying the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and his accomplices, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, announcing that he was left without a choice and has referred the cases to the Defense Department for trial.
In stark language, Holder lambasted Congress for imposing restrictions blocking any detainees from being tried in the U.S., saying that the "unwise and unwarranted restrictions" undermine the U.S. in counter-intelligence and counter-terror efforts.
Expressing his disappointment in no uncertain terms, the attorney general said that as a native New Yorker, he knows as well as anyone the federal court's capacity to try the suspects. He added that he's intimately familiar with the cases, much moreso than congressional members -- or the public -- who opposed allowing the cases to be held in the United States.
"Do I know better than them? Yes. I respect their ability to disagree but they should respect that this is an executive branch function, a unique executive branch function," Holder said in a press conference.
Why does Holder believe that KSM would be just another terrorist? Is he that stupid or is it that he really doesn't care what happens during the two years or more a KSM trial would drag on. What if the terrorists were acquitted? What if hostages were taken?
I believe it is simple arrogance by him and Obama that has driven them down this road. It certainly doesn't make much sense unless you have an overweaning belief in your own superior judgment. Holder has proven himself incapable of convincing the American public that his rash schemes regarding detainees was safe, much less sound. His belief that the trials should still be held is madness.