Nov 19 2009
The person leading the charge against holding 9-11 civilian trials in New York City yesterday was centrist GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. He was the most articulate and the most powerful as to why the Holder decision was incoherent and dangerous. He nailed Holder by asking what would happen if Osama Bin Laden was to be captured – would he go to criminal court an gain the rights of US Citizens, or would he go to a military tribunal as all illegal combatants in war time have gone? The question left AG Holder babbling as incoherently as his liberal policies.
Senator Graham rightfully noted this would be THE FIRST TIME we ever gave one of our enemies of war the rights and privileges of a citizen in our courtrooms. All this even though none of the terrorists we picked up on the battlefield overseas were read their right to be silent, were given their right to a lawyer, were given their right to a speedy trial, were given their right to remain silent. All violations that would have the case kicked out of a normal trial.
When Graham was on Sean Hannity’s radio show he also exposed the illogic of Holder’s warped thinking. He noted that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being given the superior world stage, along with visibility into our data and methods, from which he can put America on trial – all the time wrapped in the constitutional rights of an American. But other detainees who hit military targets, they go to the more restricted military tribunals for their day of reckoning.
Of course, all this does is incentivize terrorists to hit soft targets – if they aren’t martyred they get the stage, data and rights of America’s civilian court system over the military tribunal. With a newly minted Marine in the family I don’t want any attacks on military units of course. But at least military units are prepared and armed and typically knock the snot out of the bad guys, so if I had to pick whether it is better for terrorists to attack our military overseas or our civilians here at home it is not hard to make the choice.
Lindsey Graham did this country an amazing service yesterday as he called out the stupidity of the Holder/Obama decision to hold civilian trials in America for our enemies from 9-11 and other terrorist acts. Maybe now those myopic conservatives on the far right will wake up and realize centrist can make a huge difference – just like Lieberman, Bush and McCain did with The Surge in Iraq to win the war there.
No more talk of drumming good people out of the GOP – now is not the time.
Update: NewsBusters has the Graham-Holder confrontation video and more.
Update: Allah Pundit at Hot Air also chimes in.