Via John Cole, here’s a Red State Action Alert:
Today Barack Obama is going to announce that the terrorist mastermind of September 11th, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be sent to New York City for a criminal trial in a civilian court.
In that trial, the terrorist will get all the rights afforded an American citizen in a criminal trial, including the right to a fair trial, the right to a taxpayer funded attorney, the right to review all the evidence against him, potentially including classified intelligence matters, the right to exclude evidence against him including, potentially, any confession obtained through enhanced interrogation techniques, etc.
So yes, the basic gist is that they’re outraged that we won’t be allowed to use evidence obtained through torture at Mohammed’s trial. This is standard wingnut fare. But wait! We’ve got more:
At best, this will be a show trial fit not for the American Republic, but a third world kleptocratic totalitarian regime.
Soooooo… wait. You guys are opposed to having unfair trials with predetermined outcomes? Then why were you just ranting at Obama for being a wimp and not using evidence obtained through torture? Have you suddenly come out in favor of the rule of law where anyone can get a…
At worse, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will gain access to classified material he can then leak to other terrorists while New York yet again becomes a target for terrorists. We have already had occasions in this country where terrorists’ sympathetic lawyers have conveyed information, orders, and plans to other terrorists.
Oh, never mind. You don’t want him to even have access to lawyers.
So what is an acceptable outcome here, friends? If he gets a fair trial, you’re pissed. If he gets a show trial, you’re pissed. I understand you disapprove of everything Obama does, but this game of “heads-I-win, tails-you-go-fuck-yourself” gets awfully tiresome.