About Those Terror Trials...

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Posted: Jun 21, 2010 2:13 PM
For those of us anxiously waiting to find out where terrorist thugs like 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will stand trial, we'll have to wait a bit longer.  Politico reports that the Obama Justice Department has decided to delay the decision on where exactly to hold the trials until--surprise!--after the November elections:

Attorney General Eric Holder said the decision over where to hold the trial for alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was “weeks away” — three months ago.

Now advocates on both sides of the issue say they expect the Obama administration to punt the decision until after the November midterm elections— when the controversial plan could do less damage to the political fortunes of endangered Democrats and might face less resistance on Capitol Hill.

Holder last week explicitly denied the midterms had anything to do with the timing but would only say discussions are continuing. The White House had no comment.

Any further stalling could pose a serious political problem for President Barack Obama on the left – where advocates cheered his administration’s plan to break from the Bush administration...

As David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner points out today, the trials of accused terrorists strangely are not proceeding nearly as quickly as others:

For comparison’s sake, three Navy SEALS accused of beating a terror suspect in Iraq in September have already been tried and acquitted. And the ink is barely dry on Obamacare, and the courts are already hearing motions to dismiss.

This isn’t an issue of feasibility. We can begin trials for terror defendants at Gitmo any time we want — we just don’t want to make life worse for Democratic incumbents.