Khalid Sheik Mohammed is coming to New York. This is actually what he said when he was captured, basically I'll see you in New York with my lawyer.
Here's a logical look as to why trying terrorist suspects arrested overseas is a bad idea.
First of all, these are war criminals. We did not try the Japanese in a civilian court over Pearl Harbor. Nobody would have even suggested it. Nor the Germans for war crimes in a civilian court.
Keeping these terrorists on a military base, means civilian facilities will not be attacked trying to free them, or for some other extreme reason.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed pleaded GUILTY in a military tribunal. These were deemed legal by the Supreme Court. But the Obama administration put them on hold. Canceled. In short, Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be awaiting execution instead of on his way to New York.
We seem to have the idea that war criminals have the right of United States citizens. They don't. That's where the problem comes from. People associating killing in an act of war, as just another "murder" on the street. It's not. And should not be treated as such.
Our priority is NOT to try these war criminals. Never has been. We hold them as a deterrent, and to get information. While Khalid Sheik Mohammed was being held, we got some pretty good information out of him that saved American lives.
All of this will change if Gitmo is closed, and the terrorists are brought here. Now they are on American soil and some will think that they have United States rights. And many will press for it. Bad idea.
Add these to the fact that city, county, and state facilities DO NOT have jurisdiction over federal prisoners. This could lead to a turn over of these prisoners from federal to state. Bad idea.
We should not be in the business of appeasing terrorists and those that support them.
Keeping this country safe is our utmost duty. A commander-in-chief has to do everything in his power to ensure this. Changing these terrorists to regular prisoners is a bad idea and will not make this country safer.
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