Presumed Guilty – by Peter Collier


On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace gave Jack Reed, Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, an opportunity to defend the decision to give KSM a civilian trial in New York. After enumerating the many injuries this could cause the country, Wallace asked Reed for one advantage Attorney General Holder’s decision might bring. Reed, well known as a talking head for the White House, said that such a trial will “stand as a symbol in the world of something different than what the terrorists represent.”

That this comment comes shortly after the President bowed deeply to the Japanese emperor (an obeisance even more groveling than the one he lied about having offered Saudi King Abdullah this past spring) is, as my former Marxist friends used to say, no accident. This administration is obsessed with American guilt–so ambivalent about our country’s intrinsic meaning that it feels it must invent a new symbolism to convince the rest of the world that we are a good and decent nation. Other countries may be on the fence about whether we’re all that different from the terrorists, the logic of Reed’s comment seemed to suggest, so we must have a show trial to convince them that we are.

But while Reed smugly congratulates the administration for setting up a global civics lesson, KSM must be licking his chops and thanking Allah that nobody listened to him when he demanded to be put to death. Here he has an opportunity, courtesy of the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S., no less, to further the destruction he caused on 9/11. That attack hit buildings and bodies; the one he will soon be able to launch from a New York courtroom could affect American security even more profoundly since it will be directed at all the safeguards put into effect in the eight years since the first attack. In this regard, Holder has given KSM the opportunity to use one of the time honored techniques of the homicide bomber: set off one explosion, and then, when responders rush in to deal with the carnage, set off another that will claim an even larger number of victims.

Sen. Reed, one of those for whom 9/10 appears to be Groundhog Day, blithely dismissed the downside, but it will surely be America, as much or more than KSM himself, that will be on trial when this legal circus opens its big tent. Sources and methods of intelligence gathering, cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies, rendition, cruel and unusual incarceration, and most of all TORTURE  will dominate the proceedings. The rest of the world will not get a lesson about America’s constitutional glories, but a confirmation of its worst suspicions that we are and always have been a black ops nation.

KSM will get a chance to show the blood on the Great Satan’s hands. And Eric Holder and his President will get the Truth Commission they have wanted since the election but were afraid to seek through the normal political process. In this regard, at least, the trial will be win/win.

  • Lary9

    This is a blog not a chat. Stick to the tone of the tome. Besides now you've hurt my feelings. I'm taking my political football and going home.

  • USMCSniper

    Stakeoutsam, a high school dropout like you could never become an FBI agent. And by the way if you ever did come to my door of my private home, you had better be prepared to do a bit more than chat.

  • USMCSniper

    Before you were a wannabe FBI agent, and now you are a wannabe Psychiatrist? Illusions of grandeur for a high school dropout. Just remember stakeoutsam, ” just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are really not out to get you.”

  • USMCSniper

    Lary9, you are a grotesque intellectual incompetent incapable of abstracting ideas, conceptualizing, and determining their logical consequences in reality. And you are too stupid to even suspect you are stupid!

  • USMCSniper

    Documentaries? Oh like “Grungy Glutton” aka Michael Moore's “Sicko” and “Capitalism, A Love Affair” – what a patheic piece of bad propaganda.

  • stakeoutsam

    Snipes, you're gay aren't you? I've noticed you tend to react to certain flagged trigger words from other commenters here that are tip-offs for gay men. It's OK. My cousin Bob is gay.

  • USMCSniper

    No, I am 100% hetrosexual and I am God's gift to women – when I enter a room full of women there isn't a dry panty in the room. Gay is a stolen word that is used to legitemize the acquired behavioral debauchery and deviant sexual behavior of homsexuals isn't it? Quit soliciting!