Friday, November 20, 2009

Terrorists Defeat Republicans

It's sadly amusing to see how upset Republicans are that the Obama administration is going to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-conspirators on trial in U.S. District Court in New York City for their role in the 9/11 attacks. The Republicans are frightened to the core about the thought that America is not good enough, not strong enough, not prepared enough to face up to these monsters. They are, in a word, terrorized.

Giuliani is fretting about the danger these bound and shackled men pose to the city, as if Batman: the Dark Knight was a documentary. He's terrorized.

House Minority Leader John Boehner thinks the terrorists will win their trial, so we should not dare to face them in a courtroom. He's terrorized.

Senator Jeff Sessions is having nightmares about swarthy men, and thinks they "will turn lawyers, juries, and judges into targets, and will needlessly endanger Americans living nearby." He's terrorized.

Thank God we have a president who has defeated terrorism by coolly moving forward as a proud American. He's not terrorized. And neither is America. Just the Republicans.

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Blogger les said...

Word. For many conservatives/republicans, the terrorists won on 9/11--they've lived in terror ever since, and are perfectly willing to give up constitutional rights and rule of law in fear of a criminal gang.

The stupidity is palpable--torturing these people for years didn't provoke an attack, but trying them in court will; if they stay in Gitmo, their buddies won't be able to figure out where the U.S. is if they want to attack; unlike the hundreds of terrorists tried and jailed in the U.S. already, these guys have super powers and will destroy us if they touch our soil.

It's fucking pathetic, and tiresome.

11/20/2009 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trials will be nothing but "show trials".

What? No search warrant? Throw out that evidence.

Fruit of what poisonous tree?

11/20/2009 9:03 AM  
Blogger I Travel for JOOLS said...

Gee, I better recheck those polls I've seen since this decision was announced. I didn't realize there were so many "frightened republicans" in this country and especially in New York City !

11/20/2009 10:11 AM  
Blogger les said...

JOOLS, you don't need to check polls--just listen to Republican "leadership" all across the country, in office and out. Listen to Kansas' fine US Senators, to repub leaders in house and senate, to chief republican warmongers and radio talkers and opinion makers. They tremble in perpetual fear. Along with their "base," of course.

11/20/2009 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

After hearing for the last few years about Bush and the GOP "shredding the Constitution because of plans to treat terrorists like Roosevelt treated Nazis, we now have Obama and Holder announcing that we are going to have trials for terrorists and that the guilty verdicts and executions are guaranteed -- and that if the terrorists do get acquitted or the charges are thrown out, they will just hold the terrorists anyway despite their having been adjudicated not guilty by the judicial branch.

Seems to me that Obama is the real threat to our Constitution. In fact, it seems to me that he is more of a threat to our Constitution than KSM and his cronies.

11/20/2009 5:24 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

RWR - I'm not afraid. I'm not terrorized. Are you?

11/20/2009 5:26 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I wish Eric Holder had done a better job in front of Congress, don't you? He should have had a better answer to the question of what to do with KSM should he get acquitted. "It won't happen" ignores the hypothetical, doesn't address the issue--he learned better as a One L.

And Holder should have emphasized the main great reason for a domestic trial: We have the opportunity to show the world that we give even our worst enemy the rights we believe and profess are universal. That's not just peanuts, and I wish Holder had crammed it down the throats of Giuliani (who said it first) and all the other people who would second-guess this decision to make a (weak) partisan point.

11/20/2009 5:28 PM  
Blogger craig said...

Wow Dan,
Dismissing the legitimate concerns of a former U.S Attorney who was instumental in cripling the mafia (Gulliani), the best U.S. Attorney General in 20 years (Ashcroft), and a JAG officer who served in Iraq (Graham) as "fear and defeat" is, well, for lack of a better term..... just silly.
Pot, meet kettle.

11/20/2009 10:16 PM  
Blogger I Travel for JOOLS said...

If you think the American public is going to stand behind Obama on this, you're sorely mistaken. He had another option. He chose not to take it to showcase HIMSELF.

11/21/2009 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the 9/11 terrorists are going to be tried in civilian courts, they should be tried in an international court.

Which U.S. judge has not been personally affected by the attacks of 9/11? Which judge has no interest in the outcome of the trial?

11/21/2009 10:48 AM  
Blogger Kansas Sity Sinic said...

Terrorists in our civilian court system? How is this acceptable by anyone?

Furthermore--while 9/11 affected everyone in the United States, this man's plan terrorized--yes, terrorized the friends and families of the victims IN New York City.

Why would anyone want to put these people through this again?

Republican or not--it's bullshit.

11/21/2009 12:36 PM  
Anonymous There are no State Rights either said...

Sinic the Federal government was established to serve the people's national interest; therefore, the federal courts present the proper jurisdiction for a crime that had national impact.

It really is not all the complicated so you should have been able to figure it out.

11/21/2009 10:30 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

What do you mean we have a President who defeated Terrorism?

He is sending another 36,000 men to Afganistan, to be announed Tuesday.

Just enough to keep things going.

But not to win.

Meantime...Iraq goes on, although we don't here as much about it.

Trying them in New York will make New Yorkers a target.

Terrorists have always launched attacks in cities where their boys are being tried.

You know that Dan, so what is your real goal here?

You know Obama is not changing anything, and you want to hid it?

Is that it?

11/29/2009 6:27 AM  

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