TODD: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – can you understand why it is offensive to some for this terrorist to get all the legal privileges of any American citizen?
OBAMA: I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.
TODD: But having that kind of confidence of a conviction – I mean one of the purposes of doing – going to the Justice Department and not military court is to show of the the world our fairness in our court system.
OBAMA: Well –
TODD: But you also just said that he was going to be convicted and given the death penalty.
OBAMA: Look – what I said was people will not be offended if that’s the outcome. I’m not pre-judging; I’m not going to be in that courtroom, that’s the job of prosecutors, the judge and the jury. – MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Interviewing Barack Obama on the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial.
Kangaroo courts have a long and established history in places where people are not governed by the rule of law, rather by the rule of man. Rule of law dictates that every person subjected to it will be judged and treated equally with others in the same circumstance. Rule of Law demands that a person, tried in a court, will face similar charges, similar procedures, and similar outcomes.
Rule of Man is when a disfavored person or persons can be treated differently based on what a person or persons in power say. For example, if you are a critic of an administration, you may be faced with a trial with fewer rights, more severe penalties, and a rush to a certain judgment. We have a system that requires like people and offenses be treated alike. Obama just stuck his foot in it with this interview.
The entire point, according to the president, for having these men tried in our civilian courts, is to prove to the world we are balanced, measured and fair. What, as a result of the president’s words, will the rest of the world say?
If KSM is convicted, they will harken back to Obama’s words and say it was never fair in the first place. The person in power, Obama, made sure there was a conviction regardless of the evidence and the process.
Should KSM not be convicted the Attorney General has helpfully told the Senate that he will not be released. How is that going to play? If he is found not guilty and still kept in prison, where is the justice in that? Why would anyone believe this wasn’t either a kangaroo court or an unjust detention?
Really, if this guy is the best and the brightest we have, we are truly in deep doo-doo.