Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is being promoted to, what amounts to, full citizen of the United States of America for purposes of standing trial, in civilian court, for his war crimes. He'll get all the rights and privileges afforded citizens, and even just residents living under the laws of our land, even though he has never been either of those.
Nazis are rolling over in their graves. No doubt John Kerry, who called the war on terror a "law enforcement" issue is feeling vindicate today. (He's still wrong.)
Democrats promptly erected straw men to defend this decision by the President.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the federal courts are capable of trying high-profile terrorism.
''By trying them in our federal courts, we demonstrate to the world that the most powerful nation on earth also trusts its judicial system a system respected around the world,'' Leahy said.
But nobody's saying that the federal courts aren't capable. What they are saying is that there are other ways to deal with this without the detrimental consequences.
Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona called bringing Mohammed to New York ''an unnecessary risk'' that could result in the disclosure of classified information. Kyl maintained the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called ''blind sheik'' who was tried for a plot against some two-dozen New York City landmarks, caused ''valuable information about U.S. intelligence sources and methods'' to be revealed to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
Making 9/11 that much more easier to plan. And we're putting the master planner on trial. We're throwing caution to the wind because of the President's reckless promise to close Guantanamo within a year (which hasn't been going so well, and people are losing their jobs over it).
And if you thought that the OJ Simpson trial was a circus, just wait until the KS Mohammed one. "If he was waterboarded, he must be exonerated!" OK, I'm no Johnny-Cochran-caliber poet, that's for sure.
Doug Payton blogs at Considerettes.