Deroy Murdock makes the point in the National Review Online that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four fellow 9/11 conspirators have attempted to plead guilty and requested execution.
This fiasco disgusts Americans. A February 1 Rasmussen survey discovered that only 16 percent of likely voters want terrorists to enjoy the same legal rights as U.S. citizens, while 74 percent disagree. Meanwhile, HumanEvents.com (which often posts my columns) has gathered 126,665 signatures on its online petition demanding KSM and company’s ejection from civilian court.
“These proceedings will make the O. J. Simpson trial look like a traffic-court hearing,” says Marc Thiessen, author of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack , a new bestseller on the Obama administration’s soft-on-terror policies. “KSM disappeared from the international stage for seven years. Now he will make a dramatic return, and use the platform Obama is giving him to rally jihadist faithful to new attacks. Consequently, Americans could be killed.”
This entire escapade can be avoided quickly and cheaply. Guantanamo judges should let KSM and his conspirators plead guilty. And then, as would satisfy these mass murderers … [I won’t spoil the ending for you … READ THE REST]
When Attorney General Eric Holder was asked about this during his November 18, 2009 testimony, Holder tersely replied KSM does not get to decide. Why not accept Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s plea? Holder accepted al-Marri’s guilty plea. The DOJ’s newsletter touts guilty plea after guilty plea in major cases each week. Obama and Holder flatly stating KSM will be found guilty and sentenced gave al Qaeda a talking-point propaganda victory; so much for showcasing the fair and impartial justice of our federal courts.
At this point, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other four serve but one good purpose: as an example. We should accept their plea today and execute them next Tuesday at 9:11 a.m.