Thursday, November 26, 2009
President Obama hopes to bring a terrorist to a courthouse or prison near you !
My wife is from Springfield New Jersey, just outside of New York City. The first time I visited her there, she took me into "the city", as they call New York, and one of the first place's she took me to was the World Trade Center. We still have the pictures from the top floor observation deck. It was a spectacular view of New York City, looking down on the Empire State Building !
My wife's parents still live in the same house where she grew up, less than 20 miles from Manhattan, where the Twin Towers once stood. You can see the Manhattan skyline from the top of the hill behind her parents house, and my father-in-law watched the towers burn and collapse from that hill on 9-11. The terrorist attack was "personal" for the people of New York and neighboring New Jersey. They lost neighbors, friends, and some lost family.
Now Barack Obama wants to bring the terrorists responsible for masterminding the attack to the United States for a trial, and give them all of the rights and protections of our legal system. I spoke with my wife's childhood friend Lori Wuest (Smith) on the phone the other night. She still lives in Springfield, and she told me that people in the New York area are furious the President is trying to score political points by holding a "show trial" in New York, and allowing these terrorists access to our courts and the media coverage.
Personally, I believe the Bush administration position was correct; the terrorists should be treated as "enemy combatants" and tried in military courts. They should be kept at our base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and tried by military tribunal, by military officers. But instead, President Obama has said he will close the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Naval Base, and bring the terrorists to America to be held and tried. They have even been considering several sites in Michigan as possible detention centers for terrorists currently held at "GITMO". Khalid Sheikh Mohammed must be laughing to himself as he anticipates the fine legal protections he will be afforded in America and the mockery he will be able to make of our justice system, not to mention the access to the liberal mainstream media he will have. It was reported that when he was first apprehended and questioned, he said " I will talk after I get to New York and get a lawyer". Now President Obama is granting his wish.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_Sheikh_Mohammed
The attacks of 9-11 were very personal for the people in the New York metro area, and now President Obama is going to bring the terrorists to New York, to a courthouse just a few blocks from ground zero, and make it "personal" for them again. It will be a media circus that puts the O.J. trial to shame. Then, if his administration decides to imprison them in Michigan, it will become personal for us in Michigan as well.