Rule of Law awaits better political climate
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, will probably remain in military detention without trial for the foreseeable future, according to Obama administration officials.
The WaPo story goes on to say:
The White House has made it clear that President Obama will ultimately make the decision, and a federal prosecution of Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators has not been ruled out, senior officials said. Still, they acknowledge that a trial is unlikely to happen before the next presidential election and, even then, would require a different political environment.Glenn Greenwald reminds us of the Right-wing wailing and Left-wing accolades that greeted AG Holder’s announcement a year ago that KSM and four other Guantanamo inmates would face criminal trials. Greenwald questions the depth of Democrats’ commitment to the Rule of Law:
Obviously, those who screamed bloody murder over Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies but now justify or at least acquiesce to the same policies when implemented by Obama have serious issues with partisan loyalties trumping honest advocacy. But it’s when the Obama administration reverses itself — such as with the torture photos — that one’s intellectual honesty is most conclusively tested: one’s beliefs and principles can’t shift with Obama’s reversals if they’re to be meaningful or credible. The same issue applies here: shouldn’t anyone who defended Holder’s original decision on the ground that it was compelled by the Constitution, the rule of law and our values now vocally denounce Obama for his profound violations of those same doctrines?
So is it principles that are important, or is it supporting the Democratic President?