Friday, March 05, 2010

Administration Preparing to Cave on Civilian Trial for KSM

I just sent the following email to the White House:

"I see in the news today that 'President Obama’s advisers are nearing a recommendation that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, be prosecuted in a military tribunal.'

I can't begin to tell you how disappointing this is to me. I knew from your cave-in on telecom immunity during the campaign that you had no commitment to the Bill of Rights, that you considered them something that could be pragmatically bargained away whenever it suited you. Even with that, though, the craveness of this is stunning. You had previously stated that the choice between our security and our ideals was a false choice, and you were right. It's such a shame that you don't have the courage of your convictions. Or perhaps you just really have no convictions."

What adds to the frustration of this is that the President has caved into right wing pressure to abandon his previous position and doing so will not only gain him any points politically, it will hurt him. The Cheney crowd will announce that they had to school the President on how to do the right thing and that this once again proves that he can't be trusted with our nation's security, yadda yadda yadda... In the meantime, he will have taken our country a significant step farther toward a bi-partisan rejection of the constitutional right to due process.
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