In case you haven’t heard, the president of the United States just declared accused 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammed guilty and even announced what his sentence will be.
I’m not kidding. A newsman asked President Barack Obama if he understands why ordinary Americans are so offended that Mohammed (“KSM” in Newspeak) is receiving constitutional rights due only to American citizens. Obama replied: “I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he is convicted and when the death penalty is applied.”
Can you imagine the uproar if President Bush had assured Americans that an untried defendant in a federal court would certainly be “convicted” and receive the “death penalty” months before he even went on trial? Such a blunder would no doubt be ascribed to Bush’s “stupidity.”
It’s hard to ignore it coming from Obama, but of course the mainstream news media won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. They still believe our president is far too intelligent (“he edited the Yale Law Review!”) to blow off a sacred American belief that the accused are assumed innocent until proven guilty.
Prejudgment normally provides grounds to drop criminal charges, throw a case out of court or bring in a “not guilty” verdict. It will not do so in this case, because no federal judge in his right mind is going to turn KSM loose just because the president of the United States screwed up. And besides, the federal court (like the Obama administration) knows this isn’t a real trial. KSM has already (proudly) admitted he planned the 9/11 attack on New York City. This “trial” is no more than a costly display of liberal self-righteousness. The worst possible outcome of Obama’s gaffe will be a defense motion for a mistrial that will delay the proceedings for a few weeks (and a few more million dollars).*
Yet all of this craziness begs a question: Why on earth is Khalik Sheikh Mohammed, a prisoner of war, being tried as a civilian under due process of law in a federal courtroom in New York City? Why are we even discussing the “constitutional rights” of a pathological, self-confessed Jihadist terrorist?
It is now perfectly clear that sane people in the USA have only one recourse: We must immediately pop some corn, lay in a big stash of cold beer, and sit back and watch this televised circus as it unfolds. The multimillion-dollar “trial” of Khalik Sheikh Mohammed could very well go on for a year, maybe more.
As Charles Krauthammer recently noted, OJ doesn’t have anything on KSM…
*Another possibility is that KSM’s lawyer will file for a change of venue to move the trial to a less “partial” courtroom in, say, Yemen.