Eric Holder called his decision to try the suspected plotters of 9/11 in New York City “the toughest decision I’ve had to make as attorney general.” It was unarguably the most controversial one. In my opinion, it was also the stupidest one. The decision has rightly received plenty of criticism, but what has not been talked about is the months of lobbying behind closed doors that made this happen. Meanwhile, one of the major players responsible for pushing this is popping the cork and cheering the decision.
That the ACLU cheers this latest attack on American national security is no surprise. After all, they are up to their ears in making sure Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his friends get sprung, although the mainstream media seems to be ignoring the ACLU’s role. I wrote last year at Pajamas Media that the “John Adams Project” would undoubtedly play a role in securing three hots and a cot for Khalid Sheik Mohammed while he awaits his day in an American court:
What is it? In a nutshell, the ACLU has assembled a “Dream Team” of attorneys with an $8.5 million budget to defend terrorists currently held at Guantanamo. Who’s the primary object of the ACLU’s affection? Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
The ACLU, true to form, impugns the professionalism and competence of men and women of infinitely more honor than their accusers by referring to tribunals as a “kangaroo courts.” But could the ACLU really be so scandalized that this mass murderer will stand before a military tribunal? Could the ACLU truly be standing up for his “fundamental rights”?
What is the true purpose of a multi-million-dollar campaign to get KSM off the hook?
The ACLU explains: “The ACLU chose to focus on Mohammed’s defense,” Romero said, because he appears to be “the government’s top priority in the prosecution. And whether or not they are able to convict Khalid Sheik Mohammed under these rules may well determine the fate of the almost 300 other men who are detained at Guantanamo.”
So that’s it. The ACLU wants to set KSM and 300 other terrorists free or at least make it impossible for the tribunals to serve their function. Because KSM is the worst of the worst, because he is the terrorist in custody most responsible for 9/11, the ACLU is his champion.
So is it really any surprise that the ACLU would be reaching around to pat itself on the back? This is a major victory for the organization. The rest of America should pause and consider the Pandora’s box that has been opened. Extremist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union are willfully plowing full speed ahead on dangerous roads with blinders on. Sadly, we are governed by individuals influenced and swayed by such groups.
The ACLU blew a bunch of smoke about “the rule of law,” but the United States already had a judicial process in place. Military tribunals were instituted by a bipartisan Congress that was vested by the Constitution with the power to create them. Congress set up the commissions for the express purpose of trying enemy combatants. I cannot find any vested power in the executive branch to order enemy combatants tried in federal courts, and for all the ACLU’s complaints about military tribunals being kangaroo courts, that is exactly what trials in our civilian courts will become in this case. It opens the door for our enemy to use our system as a means of propaganda and publicity. It provides the opportunity for KSM and his friends to use so many legal loopholes it is scary.
Were the accused read Miranda rights? There is the possibility a liberal judge will consider waterboarding to be torture and make all confessions and evidence obtained through this interrogation method inadmissible. This is exactly what the ACLU hopes for its client.
September 11, 2001, was the greatest evil ever committed against America on our own soil. It was not a street crime, as the ACLU and the Obama administration are treating it. The consequences of this decision have set a dangerous precedent and handed a victory to our enemies. Just miles, or even blocks, away from where KSM will be tried are the husbands, wives, children, mothers, and fathers who were left behind to mourn because of the act of terrorism directed by the very man who has now been extended all the protections of the American constitutional system.
Can you imagine if the case of the mastermind of 9/11 was dismissed? If this happens, make sure to thank the ACLU. They were the culprits behind closed doors working to make this a reality. The blood of innocents murdered in the future by those aspiring Islamist killers who will become emboldened by our manifest lack of will and strength will be on their hands.
A massive public outcry needs to take place — and this dangerous agenda being pushed on the country needs to be reversed.
Related: Ed Morrissey interviews Scott Fenstermaker, the douchebag lawyer representing two of the Gitmo detainees. Interestingly he accuses the ACLU of using donated funds to violate the detainees’ rights!
The ACLU was actively using donated funds to violate the detainees’ rights and the ACLU is well-aware of that fact, which is the reason that they shut down the John Adams Project. Otherwise, the ACLU cannot justify discontinuing that project while detainees are still facing military commissions.