November 13, 2009
Fox News tells us the “new” Republican party will save us from the “socialist” excesses of the Obama administration and the Democrats. Republicans are re-thinking their political strategy, we are assured, and embracing constitutional principles. Sarah Palin, the former statist governor of Alaska, is now cast as a Libertarian. Bilderberg attendee Rick Perry is portrayed as a principled constitutionalist. Glenn Beck uses his blackboard to instruct the Republicans on how to reaffirm the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Meanwhile, on the so-called left, limousine liberals at MSNBC and CNN decry the “teabaggers” and declare the Republicans are enchanted by the growing mantra of less government and less government spending.
AG Holder announces the proposed trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court in New York.
It’s all a mirage. By and large stalwart Republicans remain neocons at heart. Most are unrepentant warmongers who do not have a problem jacking up the debt owed to offshore banksters so long as the money is used to bomb small and helpless Muslim countries. Violating the Constitution is not an issue so long as the high-tech surveillance grid is used to listen in on the satellite calls supposedly made by Muslim miscreants in far-flung caves.
At the center of the neocon philosophy of big government and its cherished war machine is the manufactured 9/11 fairy tale. It drives the cobbled together illusion that there are dangerous Islamic fanatics out there who hate us for our freedoms and are actively planning to attack us again.
House Republican Leader John Boehner stepped up to the plate today and defended the neocon GWOT. Boehner and the Republicans are against a plan announced by the Obama administration to bring Kahlid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees to New York City for a show trial.
Obama, declared Boehner, is putting “liberal special interests before the safety and security of the American people” in deciding to bring the alleged 9/11 mastermind to the United States for trial in federal civilian court.
“The possibility that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators could be found ‘not guilty’ due to some legal technicality just blocks from Ground Zero should give every American pause,” Boehner said. “These men are part of a global terrorist network dedicated to attacking America and civilization itself, and on that awful day nine years ago, they succeeded in killing nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children.
Boehner exploited a classic causality dilemma commonly stated as “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” How will we ever know if KSM and crew are guilty of attacking the United States if they are never brought to trial?
KSM and his band of fellow cave-dwellers were long ago convicted of criminal terrorism sans trial by the neocons and the government. They are guilty of “attacking America and civilization itself” because the government and the corporate media say so. If you raise the slightest suspicion there is something wrong with this official fairy tale — a Brothers Grimm story riddled with inconsistencies and fanciful presuppositions — or question the veracity of the official white wash report you are a nothing less than a scurrilous conspiracy theorist on par with KSM and crew.
Never mind many respected senior members of the military, intelligence services, and government have expressed significant criticism of the white wash report. You should also ignore John Farmer, former senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, who said “the public had been seriously misled about what occurred during the morning of the attacks.” Farmer has accused the government of criminally agreeing “not to tell the truth about what happened.”
Boehner says putting the so-called perps on trial would revert to a “dangerous pre-9/11 mentality – treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue and hoping for the best.” The neocons argue that the Constitution — or for that matter, the Geneva Convention — do not apply to terrorists.
In other words, if the government says you’re a terrorist, you are — forget the Magna Carta Libertatum and a few hundred centuries of common law. Even the Nuremberg defendants got a better shake than KSM. But then extraordinary renditions are not about fair trials. They are about interrogation, torture, and perpetuating a phony war on terrorism.
Moreover, the Constitution no longer applies to the American people, as the neocon regime of Bush the Lesser argued over and over. “Our office recently concluded that the Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations,” states a secret Justice Department memo, dated March 14, 2003, referring to a document titled “Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States.”
According to the government, there are now well over a million suspected terrorists in the United States. In September of 2007 the inspector general of the Justice Department reported the terrorist watch list had grown by 20,000 names per month.
Boehner and the Republicans want to make sure you never know if suspected terrorists are guilty or merely pawns in the neocon GWOT. In May, the U.S. House Republicans introduced H.R. 2294, the Keep Terrorists Out of America Act, which would block the transfer or release of the Guantanamo Bay terrorists into the United States. Boehner introduced the bill.
Maybe Boehner will introduce a Make Sure Suspected Terrorists Never Get a Fair Trial bill soon.
At any rate, Obama’s ploy to bring suspected terrorists to the United States and put them on trial is a parlor trick. If the Democrats manage to pull off their public trial ruse, KSM and crew will certainly not get a fair shake.
Any plan for terrorism trials in federal courthouses would face extraordinary difficulties, according to lawyers. “Much of the evidence is classified, and key witnesses are reluctant to testify. Government secrets can be spilled. Litigation can be expensive and stretch for years. Security is a nightmare,” the Washington Post reported in March when suspected al-Qaeda sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri was indicted on criminal charges.
It’s all about keeping the GWOT — now in possession of Democrats — front and center. It has nothing to do with justice American-style.
It is also about ending the controversy surrounding KSM and the others. How best to get rid of the problem? Get rid of KSM and crew the same way the government got rid of John Muhammad, the convicted Beltway sniper.