According to the AP, Eric Holder is defending his decision to hold KSM's trial in New York City, saying "I'm not scared of what (Mohammed) will have to say at trial — and no one else needs to be either."
I've already done the rant, so I won't go into that again, but I will suggest that this comment by Holder is just dumb. He misses the point entirely. Or at least, he pretends to.
First of all, nobody actually believes that this was his decision and that he made it without first getting approval from his boss. We're not that naive.
Second, it's not that we're "afraid" of what KSM will say, although nobody is looking forward to his bile and vitriol, but that we're concerned about KSM and his lawyers having unfettered access to hundreds of classified documents regarding intelligence gathering, methods, and evidence. Much of our intelligence operations will now be compromised. Certainly Holder hasn't missed that point.
Third, with regard to this administration's adopting a pre-9/11 approach to terrorism, Holder says "We are at war, and we will use every instrument of national power — civilian, military, law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic and others — to win." Blather. You've now nullified the intelligence option, Mr. Holder. What you really want to do here is to put the Bush administration on trial. Period.
KSM and all the others should be tried in a military commission; Holder's excuse that the Twin Towers was a "civilian target" is worse than lame; he insultingly omits the Pentagon attack. Definitely NOT a civilian target.
To politicize the terror, fears, trauma, and loss of the loved ones in those attacks on 9/11 is simply despicable.
Meanwhile, Holder's boss seems to have the inside dope on the outcome of the trial. He told NBC's Chuck Todd, “I don't think it will be offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.” Are you offering guarantees on that, Mr. Obama? No? I didn't think so. Good thing you weren't handicapping the Moussaoui trial.