Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity. Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan? How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration? You would have been indignant. Welcome to 9/11/1o. Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew.
I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance. My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching. My commitment to never forget is renewed.
The most recent USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Obama’s numbers continuing to tank.
His extended deliberations may be taking a toll: 55% disapprove of the way he is handling Afghanistan and 35% approve, a reversal of his 56% approval rating four months ago.
By more than 2-1, Americans say the United States shouldn’t close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, as Obama has promised.
On Health Care:
By 49%-44%, they oppose passing a health care bill in Congress this year, which he calls critical.
On trying KSM in NYC:
A majority are against holding the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, and nearly six in 10 say the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind should be tried in a military rather than a civilian court. That’s at odds with the decision announced this month by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Put it all together and you get this:
When it comes to seven specific areas, Obama no longer commands majority support on any. On only two — energy policy and global warming — does he have a net positive rating. On the economy, health care, jobs and Afghanistan, a majority disapprove of how he’s doing. There’s an almost even divide on his handling of terrorism: 45% approve, 47% disapprove.
Is anyone surprised by this?
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said.
Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said Sunday the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but “would explain what happened and why they did it.”
The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center.
Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Mohammed, Ali and the others will explain “their assessment of American foreign policy,” Fenstermaker said.
“Their assessment is negative,” he said.
There is no way that Obama and Holder did not anticipate this happening, yet they still opted for a trial in federal court. This preventable show trial will be Obama’s legacy and fresh in the minds of voters in 2012.
This is wrong on so many levels. Not only will Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the others be afforded all of the rights of a U.S. citizen facing trial, but their defense teams will have all discoverable evidence handed over to them which will surely include sensitive intelligence information. And if that isn’t bad enough, Mohammed and the others’ public trial (and repeated focus on “torture”) will surely be used as a recruiting tool for the Jihad. The trial of a terrorist who has admitted he was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks which took the lives of 3000 innocent human beings will likely take on a circus-like atmosphere. What a slap in the face to the families of the victims.
New York Post/Via Ace of Spades
WASHINGTON — Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be sent to New York to face trial in a civilian federal court, an Obama administration official said Friday.
The official said Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce the decision later in the morning.
The official is not authorized to discuss the decision before the announcement, so spoke on condition of anonymity.
Bringing such notorious suspects to U.S. soil to face trial is a key step in President Barack Obama’s plan to close the terror suspect detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama initially planned to close the detention center by Jan. 22, but the administration is no longer expected to meet that deadline.
Another Friday news dump. Barry was conveniently on the other side of the world making excuses about his indecision on Afghanistan and blathering about climate change when this news hit.
Elections have consequences. This is by far – in my opinion – the most appalling decision to come out of the Obama administration. Yet.