The news broke today that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and three others will be transfered to American soil to stand trial in downtown Manhattan. Only a few short blocks from ground zero.
I am believer in our justice system, even though it is not perfect. What I am not a believer in, is treating terrorists like they are common criminals. What these men did was an act of war. The fears that many had of the pre 9/11 mindset has come to pass with this decision.
One of the most distrubing and rarely spoken about issues in this case is the fact that 5 of out the top 10 people at The Department of Justice have ethical and legal problems making these decisions. Including Attorney General Holder himself. The law firm Covington & Burling handled cases of 17 detainees. the sole purpose of the law firm's involvement was to get them out of Gitmo. This is where Holder worked. Holder brought in people from his firm after taking over the justice department. The rules governing how lawyers must behave are very clear. Holder cannot be involved in these cases. He has an obvious conflict of interest. Another person, Jennifer Daskal, formerly worked at Human Rights Watch. An organization that was working hard at freeing the men being held at Gitmo.
So the question becomes who is making these decisions? That is a question that must be answered by the justice department and the president. The families of the victims of 9/11 have the right to know.