For months, I have warned about the possibility that Connecticut could be identified as an alternative venue for the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.Yikes! You mean an accused murderer might actually be held accountable for his alleged crimes? Yes, that would be terrible! (sarcasm, in case you couldn't figure it out)
Today's report confirming that the White House is considering such a move should be extremely troubling to Connecticut's political leadership. As New York finally realized, the costs and security risks that come with such a trial are enormous, and Connecticut is in no position to assume them any more than Manhattan.Of course Mr. Simmons leaves out the little fact that the US Government is going to pay for security, and the trial will likely bring much needed economic benefits to our state.
KSM is responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans in an act of war against our country. He should be tried in an offshore military tribunal where he belongs.Uh, ignoring the silly "KSM" thing for a second (why does it bring the image of fried chicken in a bucket to mind?), the reason President Obama wants to move the trial onto US soil is so we can FINALLY get around to delivering the justice to Mohammed that has thus far eluded him and the mourning families of the 9/11 victims! If military tribunals are so goddamned swell, how come they haven't already convicted the guy?
Because there is obviously some kind of problem with the tribunal system. There are hundreds of enemy combatants being held indefinitely at Gitmo for the simple reason that the military doesn't want anything to DO with holding tribunals, which may expose them for mistakes they might have made.
And here we are, going into our ninth year after the terrorist attack, why is it at all surprising that a Republican goes back to the well once again and serves up a nice bucket-full of fear to the citizens?
Even Rudy Giuliani was for domestic trials before he was against them. What changed?
Obviously, the answer is "the party of the President". With that little development, we've suddenly seen the Republicans go from a gung-ho, anti-terrist, hang-em-high, frontier-style lynch mob to a bunch of scared, weak-willed, lily-livered, pants-wetting crybabies!
Hell, I'll be thrilled about finally getting some justice for 9/11. If they decided to hold the trial right here in the Milford Superior Court, I'd get in line each morning at 2AM to try and get a seat in the courtroom! I'm sure there will be a lot of empty chairs available that would have gone to Republicans, if they weren't so busy hiding under their beds!
The entire text of the press release is here.
Nice going, Rob. You're really lowering the bar for your party.
You know what else he's scared of?