The focus was on the impact of KSM’s federal court trial. My take is that this is a highly charged issue emotionally and politically. There are irrational and nonsensical arguments falling from the sky on this. Let me try to articulate my own position, the one that I advanced tonight with Don Lemon on CNN’s Newsroom:
- These guys (KSM, Khallad, Ammar, and friends) have been in limbo for years; le’s get this ball rolling.
- Holder’s probably not going to send KSM and friends to open court unless the prosecution has a sure-fire case.
- KSM is probably going to pull a Hanibal Lecter and start screwing with the whole event, but, we’ve dealt with worse and can deal with him.
- Odds are that Bin Laden won’t even mention it – remember, the old guard views KSM as a net negative from their reputation and legacy. The only one’s heralding KSM these days are Abu Yahya al-Libi and the AQAP’s al-Wuhayshi (the new guard).
- I think it’s sketch that only half are being put up on trial in federal court and the others will remain in military tribunals.
- I do think that this will have a cathartic effect for the families and the city of NY, but there is no question that it will be painful.
- Federal court in NYC was good enough for KSM’s nephew and friends who did the 93 WTC bombings.
- Our criminal code is more than equipped to deal with crimes of war and armed insurrection against the US – suggesting that he needs the military tribunal b/c this is war is made on a faulty premise.
- I’m not worried about these guys escaping from a supermax – we’ve got a bunch of other terrorists in supermax in the US and nobody’s running rampant from those prisons.
Again, video when I can get the link.