Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Civilian Trials of 9/11 Terrorists

I was hoping that someone else would make a good, cogent argument defending the decision to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York in a civilian trial, so that I would not have to do so.  And someone has.

The whole idea that we should not treat terrorism as a law enforcement problem is backwards.  Make these guys criminals and not politicians/leaders/martyrs.  Successful law enforcement is something that reinforces the legitimacy of government and especially of democratic ones.  Time to trot out the rule of law and show these @#$@#$ what we are made of.  While eight years ago I wanted to put all of those responsible for 9/11 on a plane and have it crash, time and distance and the egregious errors of the Bush administration make it clear that a NY jury and judge should put these guys in the appropriate place--a high security prison somewhere in the US and perhaps on death row (a debate for another time).


Steve Greene said...

Amen, brother. Also, I'll not take it personally that you never comment on my blog.

Steve Saideman said...

That is because I thought you had blocked the comments, but perhaps that was another blog. Yours, of course, is