Here is an interesting editorial from former Hamdan trial judge CAPT (ret.) Keith Allred. He advocates placing the 9-11 conspirators in the military commission system. While I agree with much of Judge Allred’s analysis. I think he omits a critical issue, that the 9-11 attacks, the primary charges against Khalied Sheik Mohammad and the other conspirators, were not acts committed on a battlefield. Thus, as I have posted about before, e.g. here, those crimes are not proper charges for a military commission. Rather, like the prior WTC bombers, they should be tried as terrorists and, if and when that process convicts and sentences them, locked up with their brethren in the secure facility in CO. As for the lingering issue of a potential acquittal, which I would say is just as likely if not more so in a military commission, considering that KSM has admitted his crimes in open court, see e.g. here, I don’t see how those that view that as a problem would be concerned.

5 Responses to “Judge Allred Recommends Military Commissions for 9-11 Accused”

  1. Some Army Guy says:

    I get directed to the front page of the WSJ when I click on the first link.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I thought certain rights were inalienable?

    I think once we start down the path of saying fundamental rights, like the right to a trial, are gifts from the government given only to the deserved, then we weaken that right to one which is situational.

    Perhaps now the situation is palatable for people, i.e. terrorists who killed a lot of people, but once you start moving the line, a precedent is set.

    The author seems concerned that the terrorist will “have a platform.” Well, guess what, so will we. A platform to show that terrorists can’t scare us from our beliefs, that we truly believe in our system of justice, and let’s be honest, I don’t see a Federal Judge allowing an accused to go on an irrelevant rant at any point in the process.

  3. Ama Goste says:

    Today is the 15th anniversary of another terrorist act that killed a lot of people. Where were McVeigh and Nichols tried? civilian federal court

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey knucklehead, these guys were American citizens who committed their crime on American soil and were charged with a violation of the federal criminal code. Completely distinguishable.