Jam the jihad; a military commission judge should silence KSM’s propaganda

Our nation makes selective use of enemy communications. We intercept to gather intelligence and jam to disrupt enemy command and control; these help shape the battlefield and forces the enemy to fight at a disadvantage. Limiting enemy propaganda is a critical aspect of winning the information battle fought during every war.

Some, including Michael Daly at the New York Daily News, used the subway bomb plotter’s fifteen minutes of fame in Brooklyn’s federal court to claim there would be no harm in prosecuting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the same way, in the same place:

Why not put Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on trial in New York … He is only going to make himself sound as twisted as Ahmedzay. He is sure to sound exactly like a monster who would murder thousands of innocents. He certainly is not going to sway anybody who has any sense and decency.

President Franklin Roosevelt provided no public forum to enemy war criminals to spew pro-Nazi propaganda. On June 13, 1942, eight German saboteurs landed on Long Island and Florida shores and buried their uniforms on the beach. According to the U.S. Department of Justice:

The purpose of the invasions was to strike a major blow for Germany by bringing the violence of war to our home ground through destruction of America’s ability to manufacture vital equipment and supplies and transport them to the battlegrounds of Europe; to strike fear into the American civilian population, and diminish the resolve of the United States to overcome our enemies.

All eight were captured a week later and six of the eight — including American citizen Herbert Hans Haupt — were executed a mere fifty-six days after landing. Their military tribunals were witnessed by a few selected journalists; the courtroom was closed to them when classified information was discussed and their news reports were censored. Germany made no further attempt to attack America on its soil during WWII.

Why help Khalid Sheikh Mohammed slaughter thousands more?

At Gitmo, judges and prosecutors have a ‘pause button’ close at hand to instantly silence the sound outside the glass enclosed section of the courtroom to prevent the accidental release of classified information.

It should also be used to silence KSM’s propaganda whenever he attempts to incite more to fight our troops and attack the innocent. The defense lawyers and mainstream media (and al Jazeera) would denounce the practice. So what? (They would denounce his trial by military commission regardless.) FDR ignored their complaints and informed the Supreme Court he would do the same to them, no matter how they ruled.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is not some righteous dissident; he is a senior member of al Qaeda. America’s enemies have no Constitutional right to use our system to promote their causes.

Let’s jam the jihad as we prosecute the 9/11 conspirators.

  4 comments for “Jam the jihad; a military commission judge should silence KSM’s propaganda

  1. michael burke
    April 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Nothing that Daly says in his column made any sense which is not unusual for defenders of extending Constitutional rights to global terrorists. It is Daly and others who think (?) like him who threaten the Constitution by extending it to those it is not intended to serve. Everything that Daly believes he learned in 8th grade; nothing that has happened since has affected his thinking (?) in any way.

    Editor — Frankly, his columns usually strike me as off-beat and disjointed. He wrote a piece four years ago that started out talking about a Marine killed by an IED in Iraq. Daly then oddly transitioned from there to then Army Sergeant Ronnie Bucca, home on leave late into his second tour in Iraq to visit his gravely ill maternal grandfather (who had also been a firefighter). The link to his December 2005 NYDN piece no longer works yet here is the money paragraph of Daly’s column:

    The younger Bucca was due back [from Iraq] in early January so the Army decided there was no sense in him returning to Iraq for such a brief time. Mitchell died on Christmas Eve with the comfort of knowing his grandson would not be heading right back into harm’s way. At the wake, some of us who saw Bucca standing in uniform by Mitchell’s open coffin wondered if the elegant old firefighter had saved one more life.

    I replied to Daly this way:

    We chose, as a nation, inaction and willful ignorance prior to Ground Zero and the invasion of Iraq that led to the death of many at the hands of terrorists and a tyrant. And I do know the brave were compelled to serve in both places. Whether a forgotten roadside in Iraq or the 78th floor of South Tower was where heroes died, the courage and compassion that took them there is far more important than the location where they fell.

    On 9/11, Ronnie’s father, Fire Marshal Ron Bucca freely chose to run up those stairs, to direct the injured towards safety, and to man a line off a stand-pipe with Chief Orio Palmer knocking down fires raging amongst the dead and dying on the 78th floor of the South Tower. The heroes of 9/11 — the survivors and the fallen — tried to limit the death toll caused by America’s failure to go after terrorists and the tyrants who support them. Cpl. David Mendez Ruiz and Sergeant Ronnie Bucca made that same kind of choice. While they also faced more of the same kind of enemies, they did it on their terms and not the enemy’s.

    SSG Ronnie Bucca is still answering a call to duty. While the Mike Dalys may never understand, the least they can do is not advocate for anything that will assist the enemy in killing them. I doubt that you’ll find many soldiers, firefighters, and police officers who think it is a good idea to try KSM anywhere near our civilian populaces or provide him a platform for his propaganda.

  2. SprateVt
    April 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    It is my opinion that limiting any information, enemy,allied,or neutral- violates the first amendment and indoctrinates our public too much to a nationalistic, militaristic stance. It is up to the people to form their own opinions in my mind.

    Editor —

    Are you open to becoming an Islamic terrorist? Only if you are open to it (or already one) does your comment make sense. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would not provide “information” or impart wisdom at his trial; he would call Muslims to fight our troops, attack innocent non-believers, and wage “holy” war. (I did not suggest that his unclassified legal defense be censored.)

    Please point to exactly where in our Constitution it says the enemy is granted rights within that document, any right. It is not there. It grants those rights or acknowledges them only to the governed.

  3. John in Dublin
    April 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This is just plain insanity. These damn marxists in power need to be sent to Gitmo…they are destroying America just as much as any terrorist would.

  4. April 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    No reason why a silly thing like facts should get in the way of the left. Remember Social Justice is the only justice. /s

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