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Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

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Posted on Nov 18, 2009
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Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. —KA

The Los Angeles Times:

In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder said, “We need not cower in the face of this enemy. Our institutions are strong, our infrastructure is sturdy, our resolve is firm, and our people are ready.”

During the lengthy hearing, lawmakers sparred with the attorney general—and each other—over the administration’s decision last week to send Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators from the Guantanamo Bay military detention center to a courthouse just blocks from Ground Zero.

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By Martin Williams, February 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment
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I’m afraid that I don’t agree with Holder’s position.. I think that perhaps the Mohammad and other 9/11 terrorists’ trials should be held in military courts, possibly even Guantanamo Bay..

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By 3877, November 19, 2009 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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The Dems are so dim.  The Replicants know 9/11, Guantanamo, the entire War on Terror are murderous, Machiavellian frauds.  They are scared of what may crawl out from under the rocks—trials are not that controllable. The Demwits, luckily for the world, are so stupid they think the the government’s actions can stand the light of day.

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By Russian Paul, November 18, 2009 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

This article is very misleading. What is very wrong with this plan is that it makes
official a 3 tier justice system. If the government knows it can convict you, then
you can get a fair trial in this country. If they are unsure of a conviction, they give
you a military commission. And if they know there is no way in hell they can
convict, you get to enjoy indefinite detention!

So the real story is the criticism coming from the LEFT, but fake-criticism from
the right is what is playing on the TV and is easier to swallow. The truth of the
matter is, only a handful of prisoners will get a real trial. Who write these articles
for Truthdig? Who is “KA?” What an obfuscating buffoon.

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By Francis Hopkinson, November 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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What further evidence is required to conclude that the Obama administration is
intent on the systematic destruction of America?  Is it not now plain for all to see
that they will stoop to any depth to enact their marxist policies - all the while
looting the treasury and leaving our children owing a fortune in interest alone! 
Will they not be satisfied until every American is under their thumb?

Just wait until next year, when the consequences of their reckless behavior start
to kick in. Hyperinflation, sky-high unemployment, bigger deficits, and on and on
and on. I believe that Obama sees Kim Jung Il (sp) and thinks to himself “that
could be me”.


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By Blackspeare, November 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment

Where is Lynne Stewart when you need her?!  This is going to be one interesting trial where the coverage will never end.  Prepare for grandstanding on all fronts.  The Roman Caesars gave the people circuses to keep them amused and stifled.  The US Government uses trials of terrorists for the same purpose.  Personally, I can’t wait.  How many times can you watch Jeopardy and considering the Knicks and Nets, NY needs a winner!

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