Nov 15, 2009

The spupidest thing I've heard all year

"The Obama Administration’s irresponsible decision to prosecute the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in New York City puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people." — GOP House Leader John Bohner
It's hard to know what I feel about that although disgust comes close. Also weariness and some embarrassment. Glenn Greenwald:—
Spain held an open trial in Madrid for the individuals accused of that country's 2004 train bombings. The British put those accused of perpetrating the London subway bombings on trial right in their normal courthouse in London. Indonesia gave public trials using standard court procedures to the individuals who bombed a nightclub in Bali. India used a Mumbai courtroom to try the sole surviving terrorist who participated in the 2008 massacre of hundreds of residents. In Argentina, the Israelis captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals, and brought him to Jerusalem to stand trial for his crimes.
That would make America the only country in the word too afraid to put its enemies on trial on its own soil. Look I know it's just Republicans scaring up votes but I am getting a little tired of politicians from areas of the country that didn't have so much as a single hair mussed by the 9/11 attacks lecturing New Yorkers on how afraid we should be of a trial taking place. A trial. Not a terrorist attack. But the trial of those selfsame terrorists. What does Boehner think is going to happen? They will melt their way through the courthouse walls using their Flamo-vision, duck into Office Depot, buy a blackboard, and start plotting their next attack? Gimme a break. They're terrorists, not X-Men.

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