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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Predictable hypocrisy

Leave it to the Republican Party to oppose the Constitution.

House Minority Leader John Boehner is in high dudgeon over the Obama administration's announcement that it will try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other alleged 9-11 conspirators in a civilian courtroom in New York City. The decision places the defendants at the scene of the crimes the are accused of perpetrating.
"For over 200 years, our nation has relied on a faithful adherence to the rule of law to bring criminals to justice and provide accountability to victims," said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. "Once again we will ask our legal system to rise to that challenge, and I am confident it will answer the call with fairness and justice."
That's how it should be under the Constitution -- and a system that worked well in dealing with the crimes of Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

Yet Boehner blustered:
"The Obama Administration's irresponsible decision to prosecute the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in New York City puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people. The possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators could be found 'not guilty' due to some legal technicality just blocks from Ground Zero should give every American pause."
I see, upholding the Constitution is a "liberal special interest."

The only potential legal "technicalities" that pose a problem for the prosecution are the 183 instances of waterboarding, a form of torture recognized as such by all in the civilized world -- with the exception of the administration of George W. Bush.

I thought Boehner took an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution"? It's an obligation that supersedes that of defending the crimes of his political soulmates.

I'm more confident in the actions of a jury in New York City than I am of the GOP "braintrust."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other top al-Qaeda terrorists to New York City for a civilian trial is one of the most irresponsible ever made by a presidential administration.


November 16, 2009 12:40 PM  

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