Monday, November 16, 2009

We, the jury find the defendant . . .

OK, so they're going to try these guys in civilian court. Bad idea, as far as I'm concerned. But it looks like we're going to be stuck with it. AG Holder seems to be confident that he'll get a conviction. But what if they aren't convicted? What if the court throws out crucial evidence on constitutional grounds? What then? We can't hold them in prison if they're acquitted. Do we deport them? If so, to where do we send them? Pakistan? Saudi Arabia? Egypt? All countries where they would face the possibility of torture and execution.

How do you think the ACLU, Code Pink, et. al. would react to such a public rendition? Would President Obama have the courage to stand up to his core constituency and ship these terrorists off to face justice under a harsher system? I somehow doubt it. I also doubt the administration has a plan for this contingency. They're so busy trying to look good in the moment, they aren't thinking ahead. And that's dangerous. Scary times ahead, folks.

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