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Civilian Trials Vindicate Our True Values, Etc. - Part II


As I noted this morning, Attorney General Holder completely reversed field and declared that 9-11 mastermind KSM would be tried before a military commission at Gitmo after all.

This afternoon, Mr. Holder made clear that it wasn't his fault.  As news stories report:

Congress tied the Obama administration's hands in trying the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and his accomplices, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, announcing that he was left without a choice and has referred the cases to the Defense Department for trial. 

In stark language, Holder lambasted Congress for imposing restrictions blocking any detainees from being tried in the U.S., saying that the "unwise and unwarranted restrictions" undermine the U.S. in counter-intelligence and counter-terror efforts.

God forbid that the people's representatives should have a say about whether they want a civilian or military trial for the most bloody and brazen war criminal in 65 years or so.

Oddly, Mr. Holder forgot to mention how, exactly, this Congressional recalcitrance came about.  Further down the story, we find out (emphasis added):

During the lame-duck session last December, Congress acted to prevent the federal trials by attached to a defense authorization bill provisions that prohibited detainees from being brought to trial in the United States.

Oh, OK.  So barring a civilian trial was done by Mr. Holder's (and President Obama's) own party when it had massive Congressional majorities.  'Lan sakes alive! 


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