It seems almost nobody has noticed that just two days ago that the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee concluded in New York City:
NEW YORK — The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in 1998—a mixed result for what’s been viewed as a terror test case.
A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy to destroy U.S. property and acquitted him on more than 280 other counts, including one murder count for each of the 224 people killed in the embassy bombings. The anonymous jurors deliberated over seven days.
Anytime Barack Obama has suggested we put terrorist who have attacked New York City on trail in NYC, we here all these terrible things would happen. Folks like myself say, not so much. Well during this trial there were no terrorist attacks. No major security threat. No disruptions. Heck I don’t think 95% of New Yorkers even were aware the trail was taking place. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, according to the Republicans. John Boehner said “no way!” and guaranteed it would never happen. The crazy predictions of dire consequences never happned. Like this one:
The extensive security requirements in the vicinity of the court house and the surrounding area would create massive economic and emotional turmoil in a part of the city that has already suffered greatly from unthinkable acts of terrorism. You need to move the trial away from this large, vital urban center to a less populated location.
The projected $215 million annual cost for security doesn’t take into consideration the impact that these security measures will have on our economy, businesses, residents and visitors.
Of course none of it ever happened. As is always the case with Republicans, it is fear, fear, and more fear.
But maybe there is some hope we can actually use our legal system the way it was intended. Some Republicans (not nearly all of them) had some almost nice things to say about the results of this trial:
U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday’s verdict confirms that the Obama administration’s decision to try Gitmo detainees in civilian courts “was a mistake and will not work.”
“This case was supposed to be the easy one, and the Obama administration failed—the Gitmo cases from here-on-out will only get more difficult,” Hoekstra, of Michigan, said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who’s the ranking minority leader of the Homeland Security Committee, called the verdict a “wake-up call” for the White House.
It just seems to me Republicans don’t want trials of any sort for the folks in Gitmo. They want some mock trail, then summary judgment, and prompt execution. Or if not that, just let me rot in cages for the next 4-5 decades. It always makes me wonder why do they hate our legal system so much?