Monday, April 04, 2011

The best way to further undermine allies' confidence in us is to try KSM in a military court

Khalid Sheik Muhammad, one of the people alleged to have plotted 9/11. The thing is that internationally, even Slobodan Milosevic was accorded a trial under civil authorities. It was open and transparent, and no military jurisdiction was involved. Military trials are pretty non-standard, and compared to civil trials are kangaroo courts. Trying KSM by military tribunal just sends a message to the rest of the world that we're willing to change the rules and do whatever we feel like, despite the legality or morality of it, when someone does something bad to us. How we can lecture other countries on obeying the rule of law with regards to criminals who may have attacked them after Guantanamo and the regime of military tribunals we've imposed, I don't know.

But of course we don't recognize the International Criminal Court anyways, despite over a hundred countries in the world doing so, so I guess the point is moot on some level. I mean, hey, if we've already damned ourselves by not living up to basic standards of decency in supporting prosecuting people for genocide, what's torture and military courts?

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