911 Families Blast Obama’s NYC Show Trial
NEW YORK, NY: Yesterday several thousand protestors gathered in NYC to rally against Obama’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 911 conspirators as civilians in federal court. The outrage shared among the participants fired up the crowd Saturday at Foley Square as they battled harsh weather conditions during the 2 hour rally. The NIP has previously written about the real objectives of this show trial, and condemns the trial’s violation of the Geneva Convention.
During the rally Actor Brian Dennehy read a statement from the parents of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, whose beheading by KSM was broadcast in 2002 on video for the world to witness:
“We, who witnessed the darkest side of hell, and have since spent every moment of our lives studying the anatomy of terror, we refuse to accept the strategy of normalization that Holder’s decision represents. Terror is a crime against society, and should not be tried in the same court as crimes against individuals or against a particular country.” 911NeverForget.us
EL MARCO reported that last Tuesday NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed that city officials were not even consulted by Attorney General Eric Holder prior to the announcement:
“There was no consultation, no consultation with the police department. That decision was made. We were informed.”
Debra Burlingame, rally organizer and co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America said Tuesday, “This shocking revelation makes it crystal clear that the Attorney General’s decision to bring Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM) to New York City was pre-ordained, and he wasn’t about to ask for input that would have resulted in his having to defend the indefensible.” EL MARCO, LookingAt TheLeft.com
EL MARCO makes a valid point in his photo essay at LookingAt TheLeft.com. He points out that extremists like those in his photo will comprise a component of the show trial’s jury pool.
Andy McCarthy addressed the rally in front of the courthouse where he led the successful prosecution of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. In the National Review he exposed the damage that the NYC show trials will wreak upon our national security:
This summer, I theorized that Attorney General Eric Holder — and his boss — had a hidden agenda in ordering a re-investigation of the CIA for six-year-old alleged interrogation excesses that had already been scrutinized by non-partisan DOJ prosecutors who had found no basis for prosecution. The continuing investigations of Bush-era counterterrorism policies (i.e., the policies that kept us safe from more domestic terror attacks), coupled with the Holder Justice Department’s obsession to disclose classified national-defense information from that period, enable Holder to give the hard Left the “reckoning” that he and Obama promised during the 2008 campaign…
Today’s announcement that KSM and other top al-Qaeda terrorists will be transferred to Manhattan federal court for civilian trials neatly fits this hidden agenda. Nothing results in more disclosures of government intelligence than civilian trials. They are a banquet of information, not just at the discovery stage but in the trial process itself, where witnesses — intelligence sources — must expose themselves and their secrets. Andy McCarthy, National Review
It must be obvious to anyone interested in US security that these trials will serve as an excellent recruiting tool for Al Qaeda. Charles Krauthammer points out the bizarre incentive that Obama is now offering terrorists to come to America and commit acts of violence upon American cititzens:
Moreover, the incentive offered any jihadist is as irresistible as it is perverse: Kill as many civilians as possible on American soil and Holder will give you Miranda rights, a lawyer, a propaganda platform — everything but your own blog. Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
If Obama wanted to circumnavigate international law by granting civilian rights to enemy combatants he could have done so in any US court. Holding these show trials in New York, without consulting with New York City police and other officials, shows the disrespect Obama has for New Yorkers and his bitter contempt for the Bush administration. If yesterday’s rally is any indication he will find little sympathy for this kind of political grandstanding among the American public.