In the wake of the Fort Hood terrorist attack that killed 14 innocent and unsuspecting Americans, including one unborn child, President Obama's , attorney general, Eric Holder, has granted Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and his co-conspirators the privilege of an American civilian trial just blocks from where the twin towers once stood.
This sends an astonishing message to terrorists the world over: If you commit acts of war on American soil, you will gain both the constitutional protections and the worldwide media platform of being tried in America's federal courts. It escapes me as to how we could possibly write the script more favorably to terrorists or less favorably to America.
Since Mohammed was captured after 9/11, he has been safely held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been tried in a closed military tribunal as an unlawful enemy combatant. In fact, he had already agreed to plead guilty.
In this military court, Mohammed did not have access to sensitive information about what the United States knew and did not know about his organization or how American intelligence gatherers obtained the information. The proceedings were not public, and the relatives of the 9/11 victims were not dragged through a play-by-play of how the government failed to stop this from happening, and how the insidious and merciless militants carried out their plan to murder their loved ones.
Now that this unlawful enemy combatant will be snatched from the military tribunal, all of those things will occur. Mohammed will be tried in a New York federal court, where the United States must meet a higher burden of proof.