Only after claiming Congressional interference played a pivotal role in his decision, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today he will use military tribunals to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several other alleged 9/11 terrorists.
AG Holder’s decision comes barely two years after President Barack Obama’s Jan. 22, 2009, announcement that he would close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility within 12 months, prompting the “Free at Last” cartoon below which appeared in a post the following day. More importantly, it comes after the nation’s top law enforcement officer said that he still believes that the federal court system is an appropriate venue for the Justice Department to achieve swift, fair justice for 9/11 victims and family members.
The attorney general’s decision came almost four months after a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey showed 84 percent of likely U.S. voters were at least somewhat concerned that dangerous terrorists will be set free if the prison camp is closed and some prisoners are transferred to other countries. That included 57 percent who were “very concerned.”
Unfortunately, the decision today stands to bring to an end the seemingly-endless opportunities — including the “GITMO Detainee Reentry Academy” radio parody above — to criticize the Obama Administration and the for its handling of GITMO detainees.
I am, however, very willing to sacrifice such opportunities in exchange for 9/11 victims and their families finally obtaining justice.
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