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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Military tribunal could save KSM

This week the Obama administration announced a stunning reversal on the prospect of trying Khalid Shaikh Muhammad in a military tribunal instead of a civilian court. Obama’s base is furious and bewildered. Government officials might be afraid that if the trial is public, then KSM, in order to defend himself, might need to reveal classified information regarding 9/11. A military tribunal could keep things quiet, and it might even save KSM. This may sound incredibly far-fetched, but it would explain things perfectly. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that KSM is on the U.S. payroll, and they have agreed to keep him alive. With a military tribunal, they can lose the case on purpose and let him go, or they can stage a mock execution and disguise him somewhere. I’m not saying that’s how it will play out, but if it does, you heard it here first!


At Thu Mar 11, 08:39:00 AM CST, Blogger Weaseldog said...

I think if he knew anything material about involvement by well placed persons in any government, he'd already be dead.

I think it's more likely that he won't get a public trial, because most of the evidence against him, was obtained by torturing him. there may not be enough admissible evidence to convict him of any major crimes.

One piece of information for instance, that he gave up under torture was that Al Qaeda had plans to blow up an office tower that no one had even thought to build yet. I guess these folks have psychic powers to see into the future.

I think it's highly likely that a public trial would expose as many crimes committed by both administrations, as crimes he has confessed to committing, under torture.

We can thank the bush administration for turning the prosecution of terrorists into a political and legal minefield.

At Thu Mar 11, 05:40:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Good points, thanks.


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