Thursday, May 04, 2006


So we've had our little show trial of 'the only person to stand trial for 9/11' and what do we get? A loser wannabe. And the guys in charge of the show?

Talk on last night's 360:

COOPER: Peter, you talk about this testimony that they did point to, testimony from other higher-level terrorists, who are in custody in undisclosed locations. Any chance that they are going to be brought to court?

BERGEN: Well, to me, the real tragedy here is that I think it's very unlikely that the people really responsible for 9/11, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh, who were the operational planners -- it was their idea, their execution -- they're in American custody, and I don't think they're ever going to see the inside of an American courtroom.

I think most Americans would be surprised by that. Why will they not be put inside -- why will they not see inside an American courtroom? Very possibly because they have been treated in such a way that their evidence would be inadmissible. "The New York Times" said that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has been water-boarded, which is technique that is somewhere between abuse and torture, where you make somebody put -- you put somebody's head into the water, and you make them think they're drowning.

And I -- I wonder what Jeff's opinion is here in terms of why they won't be inside an American courtroom.

COOPER: Yes, Jeff, I mean, will these guys just be sort of disappeared?

TOOBIN: I -- I think they are going to be disappeared. I think they will never return to American soil, for just the reasons Peter was suggesting, that, you know, the -- the protections of civil liberties that are enshrined in our system are not something that have been honored in these cases.

And maybe they should not have been honored. Maybe the circumstances called for it. But these -- the -- the treatment is indefensible. The evidence was collected in a way that comported with military and intelligence procedures, but not with criminal justice procedures, and our government would prefer not to deal with them.

So to get the evidence on loser Moussaoui, we blow any chance of ever trying the guys who were responsible, but of course can never let them go or anything, so they'll have to be conveniently... disappeared.

I'm still thinking about this. We managed to bring all of Hitler's henchmen to trial without having to waterboard anyone. Not sure what I think about living in a country where our enemies are ... disappeared.


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