Republican Justice

by Larry Tate on November 14, 2009

John Boehner on the news that Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be tried in a civilian court:

The Obama Administration’s irresponsible decision to prosecute the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in New York City puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people. 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. [emphasis added]

Yes, a technicality like being waterboarded 183 times.

And how utterly depressing is this statement:

Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said trying the alleged terrorists in New York could afford them constitutional rights which would prevent the use of information obtained through enhanced interrogation.

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee is upset that a human being might receive a fair trial and worries that evidence which came from torture might be viewed as inadmissible.

Is it really that shocking to insist that, before we execute someone, we at least prove that they are guilty of a crime?

Why don’t Republicans just be honest about their preferred method of obtaining justice?

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