This is the opposite of protecting Americans. Barack is risking Americans.
Given that Barack approves of Military Commissions, given that Barack is having other detainees tried via Military Commission, there is no justification for KSM's NYC trial. None. There is no redeeming value. It is indefensible.
cartoon by Michael Ramirez of Investors Business Daily.
William McGurn quotes Andrew McCarthy:
Worst of all, [McCarthy] says, is turning the laws of war upside down: Why fight the Marines and risk getting killed yourself or locked up in Bagram forever when you can blow up American citizens on their own streets and gain the legal protections that give you a chance to go free? With this one step [i.e. KSM NYC trial], Mr. Holder is giving al Qaeda a ghastly incentive: to focus more of their attacks on American civilians on American home soil.
"It is foolish to think that al Qaeda does not train to our system and look for our vulnerabilities," says Mr. McCarthy. "Remember what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his captors when we got him, 'I'll see you in New York with my lawyer.' It seems he knows our weaknesses better than our government does."