From the Associated Press:
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday. Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but "would explain what happened and why they did it."
The terrorists won't be put on trial, they're already pleading guilty. In their minds, their trial is over. In their minds, it is now time for them to put the American system on trial. The 9/11 co-conspirators are going to explain to the rest of the world, why they felt justified in crashing four jumbo-jets into the heart of America.
This is going to get ugly.
Regarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Attorney General Holder states that "the world will see him for the coward that he is." That's a curious choice of words: "coward." Several months ago, Mr. Holder said that America is a "nation of cowards." I haven't forgotten that.
Holder went on to say "I'm not scared of what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say at trial -- and no one else needs to be, either."
I'm not scared of what he has to say. I know what he has to say. I just don't think we need to provide him with a platform to speak his misanthropic views with impunity courtesy of the United States Constitution.
I wonder how many Major Nidal Hasan's are out there, eagerly awaiting to hear what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say from the stand, in the center of America's 9/11 wound? I'm sure they're not afraid of what he has to say, either.
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