Last week, President Barack Obama announced a change of mind with regard to the trying of 9-11 suspects in civilian federal courts in New York.
Instead, avowed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged henchmen will face military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they are housed in the U.S. military prison.
The announcement came after Congress passed legislation that prohibits bringing any detainees from the prison to the United States.
We feel that this reversal is the right decision, as bringing these extremists onto U.S. soil carries a level of danger to our own doorstep that isn’t necessary or prudent. We also don’t believe that terrorists should be granted the equal rights and protections under the law that a U.S. citizen has. Furthermore, a civilian court proceeding leaves the door open to aborted justice if some overzealous lawyer or judge determines that the prisoners have not been provided all of their rights or that the proper procedures and protocols were not followed.
And regardless of the politics behind the decision, the point of the matter is this — it has been nearly a decade since the tragic and horrifying attack. That’s 10 years of waiting for the family members left behind after the planes crashed and the towers fell. We think they’ve waited long enough.
Sterling, Colo., Journal-Advocate (April 13)