Michael Scheuer on trials in New YorkSubmitted by Deborah K on Wed, 11/25/2009 - 17:37
Mike sent this to me today.....
Terror trials in New York -- A disaster if they occur
The Obama administration’s decision to try Khalid Shaykh Muhammad (KSM) and his four colleagues again underscores the almost pathetic incompetence of the U.S. governing elite and its genuine unconcern for U.S. national security. How so?
--At the most basic level, the New York City trial will not be a genuine trial -- it simply will be the vehicle of sure-fire convictions. There is no way these men can be released even if they are acquitted on grounds of either a lack of court-quality evidence or some legal technicality. KSM and the others did what they are accused of doing, and they want freedom to go back to their vocation of waging war to drive the United States out of the Muslim world. Therefore, the men must remain in U.S., possibly forever. What Americans and the world will see in New York, then, is an exercise in political expediency staged in a courtroom, not a fair trial.
--This point leads to the most recent lunatic statement by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) that the New York trials will show the world -- especially the Muslim world -- that the U.S. judicial system is impartial and should be the envy of all people. Leahy is blowing smoke. The only way the effete/Pacifist Europeans and the world’s Muslims will see the U.S. judicial system as fair is if KSM and his colleagues are acquitted and walk away free. Otherwise, the human-rights-crazed Europeans and all Muslims -- moderate, conservative, and Islamist -- will see through Obama’s judicial charade for what it is, a show trial that, especially for the Islamic world, will demonstrate the U.S. government hates Muslims. Indeed, Obama and Holder have already set the stage for this disaster by saying, in essence, that the accused will be tried, convicted, and executed.
--Next, the trials will give KSM and company a platform -- hosted by any number of anti-U.S. or pro-Obama media organizations -- from which to speak to the Muslim world about the horrors of Guantanamo, the glories of jihad, the effective and inspirational leadership of Osama bin Laden; and the anti-Muslim nature of U.S. foreign policy. The accused have been trained by al-Qaeda to wage jihad against the United States either on the battlefield or from prison and the court room, and they are unlikely to forego this opportunity. During the trial they will also express thanks to Allah for exposing the anti-Islamic U.S. judicial system and for allowing them to embrace martyrdom at its hands. The odds are that, when convicted, KSM and his colleagues will go to their deaths calmly and as men, thereby becoming Islamist icons that will inspire and radicalize young Muslims around the world -- and especially in the United States -- to join the jihad and wage war on America.
--In terms of U.S. national security, the New York trials will yield a wealth of intelligence information -- both substantive data and details about CIA and FBI sources and methods -- to our Islamist enemies. This is an unnecessary and self-inflicted wound on America by the Obama administration. As noted, KSM and his colleagues are guilty of waging war against the United States; they should be held as prisoners of war until we decide that war is over -- which may well never occur. But that will not happen, U.S. intelligence data will be disclosed, and KSM and the others will make untrue charges about the “torture” they suffered at Guantanamo Bay. This, in turn, will be used by the ACLU, much of the U.S. media, the Democratic left, and most of Europe to further rip the guts out of the CIA and the U.S. Intelligence Community, thereby further undermining U.S. security. [NB: Could it be that the trials are meant to facilitate the last mentioned activity? It is, I think, interesting that the ACLU has not done much to oppose Obama’s health-care plan, although it is a massive and perhaps unprecedented federal attack on the autonomy of individuals and their privacy -- normally the ACLU‘s meat and potatoes. Could it be that the White House has made a deal with ACLU leaders -- who are said to have basically unfettered access to Obama and his team -- in which Obama throws the CIA and the Intelligence community to the wolves of the ACLU and its allies in return for the ACLU pulling its punches vis-à-vis the health-care debate?]
-In sum, the coming New York trials will be a national-security disaster for the United States if they occur. I say “if” because there is still a chance that the trial plans may be scrapped. Why? Because unless the trial judge gags KSM, et. al, Americans will receive an outstanding and irrefutable education from these men about their own and al-Qaeda’s motivation to wage jihad against the United States. If KSM and company are allowed to speak, all of America will learn that our Islamist enemies are motivated by Washington’s relentlessly interventionist foreign policy. They will learn that U.S. support for Arab tyrants, its slavish support for Israel, and its alliance with Muslim killers in Russia, China, and India motivates the mujahedin. They also will learn that women in the work place, liberty, elections, and beer after work are not even on the Islamists’ radar as agents of motivation. Such testimony would display to all voters that the U.S. bipartisan governing elite has been deceiving them about the cause of anti-U.S. Islamist attacks for at least the last 35 years. It would also identify the U.S.-Israel relationship as being a major engine of anti-U.S. hatred in the Muslim world. Can our elite, Israel, and Israel-First U.S. citizens permit such a public truth-telling? We shall see.