Germans to send observer to KSM trial, concerned about evidence they provided UPDATED
Looks like the circus that will surround the KSM trial has already begun. From the AP:
A German government official says the nation will send an observer to the upcoming trial in New York of the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and four accused henchmen.
Justice Ministry spokeswoman Katharina Jahntz on Saturday confirmed a report in Der Spiegel that a German observer would attend the trial to ensure that no evidence provided by Germany would be used to apply the death penalty.
It seems that the President Of The World now needs to answer to the world. I must confess that I was only considering mundane things like safety of U.S. citizens, pain inflicted on the members of the families as the trial drags on, an incompetent Justice Department which is unable to answer even the most basic questions in a Senate hearing – stuff like that. I really never got to this part.
Can you imagine similar, or worse, pronouncements from all the thug regimes in the world as the trial proceeds? Or other countries, even allies like Germany, not allowing witnesses to testify because of some concern about one obscure issue or the other? Perhaps allies will wilt under threats from Islamic fascists, witholding their cooperation. The possibilities are endless, and not one of them points to a positive outcome. Remember, all the countries and individuals who have acted bravely thus far have been shafted by the United States. I highly doubt they are willing to extend their necks too far over the chopping block now.
The simple fact is that trying KSM in a civilian court is a terrible idea, through and through. I feel sure it was done to put George Bush on trial in absentia, but the untintended consequence will be to put our country on trial in a world court. Blaming George Bush during this circus will work among the hundreds of viewers of MSNBC, but it has worn quite thin with the rest of the country. We will soon be able to see that the Apology Tour really didn’t do much to improve relations with the rest of the world, and that the oppressive and freedom sucking thugs – including the U.N. – will not miss this most excellent opportunity to use the trial as a platform for even more America – bashing. They have us on the ropes because of our servile and weak President, and they know it.
Nice work. Looks like we will have a repeat of Copenhagen – smug assurance of a victory through the One’s mere presence which will devolve into further humiliation of the United States. And the choices have all been this administration’s. Perfect.
It just keeps getting better. Again, from the AP:
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 Sunday.
Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but “would explain what happened and why they did it.”
Geez – didn’t see that one coming….