How do you produce a trial for the accused terrorist of the Sept. 11 attacks that’s fair when most Americans want them dead?
Furthermore, how fair is it to have a jury chosen just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center site? And to top it all off, how can we use the confession of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed when he only presumably confessed after being water boarded 183 times on record?
I know that this upcoming trial for these Guantanamo detainees for the terrorist attacks that took 3,000 lives could be the tip of the iceberg of America’s problems. But we can’t forget to ensure that the attorney general’s office has credible evidence that’s fair and can stand in court.
Although Mohammed confessed to organizing the Sept. 11 attacks it could all be thrown out of the window.
A 2005 Justice Department memo revealed he had been water boarded 183 times in March 2003.
So what does this mean? Could Mohammed, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Walid bin Attash, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi be acquitted of all charges? Could they possibly walk free holding hands just a few blocks away from the devastation they possibly caused?
This is crazy right?
Well this all can be avoided if we present the courts with a fair and accurate trial.
Even if they are released I’m not so sure how protected they would be from the American people, including the officers provided to protect them because somehow someway all of us were effected by the Sept. 11 attacks.
The crazy thing is, some Americans would still blame President Obama, when it was then President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney who approved the water boarding.
Benjamin Evans, III for the Editorial Board.