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KSM and BDS

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The WSJ has this editorial on AG Holder's statement yesterday "that his plan to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorists to New York City for a civilian criminal trial 'is not off the table.' "

Mr. Holder had barely piled into his car to drive back to the Justice Department yesterday before New York Senator Chuck Schumer issued a press release declaring that there is an "overwhelming consensus" in New York that the trial "should not be held there." He added, "We know the administration is not going to hold the trial in New York. They should just say it already."

Mr. Schumer knows that Democrats running for re-election this year don't want to defend the spectacle of a mass murderer using such a trial as a propaganda exercise, or claiming the evidence against him is inadmissible because it was produced by "torture."

Yet such a spectacle is precisely the goal of many on the anti-antiterror left. They want to put Bush Administration policies on trial more than they want to convict and hang KSM. Mr. Holder's mistake has been populating his department with those kinds of lawyers, and the longer he indulges them the more he's embarrassing himself and his President.

The last point is particularly disturbing. It appears that Bush Derangement Syndrome remains a significant part of the collective thought process at USDoJ, well over a year after Mr. Bush rode off into the sunset. While the left was out of power, it became radical chic to defend terrorist sheikhs. Even though they now have their hands on the levers of power, they just can't bring themselves to admit that many of the policies they so fiercely attacked were indeed necessary and proper.

Time to let it go, folks. You won the election. You run the executive branch of government. You need to do what is right, even if it requires admitting you were previously wrong.

Update: The NYT has this editorial longing for the good old days of 2009 when Obama crew cleanup of Bush mess was more clear-cut. Really. Cully Stimson has this comment at Heritage's Foundry blog.

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"You need to do what is right, even if it requires admitting you were previously wrong."

It's not in their makeup to think that Bush policies were correct. They opposed them on moral grounds, and when you yap about "torture" et alia, it's tough to walk back. They're caught between their ideology and the fact that if a major terrorist attack happens, they're out of power for a generation.

"Time to let it go, folks. You won the election. You run the executive branch of government."

Here's the problem. First, they can't let it go because it's what they believe all the way down to their marrow. This is precisely why so many people were alarmed that lawyers previously representing al Qaeda clients were hired into the Justice Department. The claim has been that they were merely civil libertarians who had been operating in a "representative capacity." The Department's current path makes you wonder.

The second problem is that Obama's people (and Obama himself) recognize no difference between campaigning and governing. One way in which the left blots out private life is to create a culture of all politics all the time. That is what we are seeing.

This would be bad enough in some agency that merely wastes billions in tax money, like HHS. To see it in DOJ, the agency entrusted with the awesome power to prosecute, is very, very disturbing.

I agree Bill. What is stunning to me is that Holder, a person with situational ethics (and anyone who thinks that Rich deserved a pardon has situational ethics) can't get there on military commissions, which don't seem all that different from how mobsters in Italy were tried in the 80s, except that they are probably more fair.

"While the left was out of power, it became radical chic to defend terrorist sheikhs." That sentence deserves a repeat.

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