November 17, 2009 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons
10 Responses to “Terrorist Trials”
Too late - it’s already a circus.
I believe that happened when we detained them in the first place without granting them basic habeas corpus rights or rights to counsel. That was the circus, a mockery of justice, not this.
KB- we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I don’t think enemy combatants captured in the theatre of battle overseas should be given the same rights as we Americans enjoy. The 20th hijacker was captured here on American soil, so I can understand his trial- as with the 1993 Trade Center bombers’ trials. I still believe military tribunals are the way to go- they don’t allow for grandstanding and won’t give the detainees a public platform. Plus , if you grant Habeus Corpus rights do we have to abide by the Miranda rights, too? That would have to be administered on the battle field- very problematic. The nut of it is I think fighting terrorism should be a military exercise and not a police action.
As always, I appreciate your input.
The GITMO jihadists were not citizens of this country, and I’d just assume send most of them back to their home countries to stand trial in those nations. They’d likely get the same treatment Sadam Hussein got, which is fine by me.
I think the military should try these terrorists since they were waging war against the United States. However, this whole thing is just another diversion to take people’s attention off of what is happening in Washington DC.
It just reminds me of the mess Bush got US into that now we can’t get out of gracefully. I think Bush should be the one on trial for this mess. And, I agree that we should send them back where they came from except their countries would only make heroes & martyrs out of them & let them keep on with they crimes. These criminals should see the people of NY (a good example of the spirit of the USA) who can & have taken so much & will not back down or give up. And, they should not be allowed the same rights as American citizens regardless of what court tries them.
After Anne Louise Gordon was tricked into pleading guilty to murder in Lexington County 2 years ago, the criminal justice system ceased to have any credibility.
FREE ANNE LOUISE!!!
Yeah, a crack-head stabbing someone 14 times and then pleeing out to avoid the death penalty is trickery and so in tune with this topic…
Bush’s only fault with GITMO was in that he didn’t order there be no prisoners when fighting terrorists.
This topic requires a critical balance and should not swing hard in either direction (liberal or conservative).
If you advocate granting terrorists basic habeas corpus rights, then I conclude you’ve never put on a uniform, nor served in a combat zone. The rules of war are vastly far different than that of the American criminal justice system. Anyone who would compare terrorists (or combatants) the same as a common criminal is nothing less then ignorant.
From the other end of the pendulum, if you advocate, “Bush’s only fault with GITMO was in that he didn’t order there be no prisoners when fighting terrorists”, then you have the same standard as the terrorist. The United States is far better than that.
Paul your comment on Anne Louise Gordon is without fact and moronic.
Kelly? Exactly what mess did Bush get us into? He acted like any standing president would have acted. Do you think Clinton would have done anything different? Would you have prefered for a president to rush to judgement? Obama has all ready slipped up and pre-judged some of the future trials. He retracted his statement but it goes to show how difficult a fair trial will be… especially in NYC. Are we about to have a new OJ trial?
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