Because freedom can't protect itself
I don't know much about the defendants, their innocence or guilt. But I can imagine that even an innocent man would consider 'confessing' guilt after years of solitary confinement, torture and abuse with no end in sight. This is the reason why the Constitution put limits on executive and judicial power, is it not? What is left of the Constitution when torture is used to extract confessions? A true patriot would not throw the Constitution away in the name of 'fighting terrorism.' Waving the flag doesn't make you a patriot, nor does fighting a 'war' against an imaginary enemy. Defend the Constitution: follow it! Otherwise we have nothing.
Great work ACLU. I'm happy to say I share the views of the Victim's Family Members when I express my gratitude for such a rigorous, hard fought drive towards justice.
I am in support of a completely open hearing with television coverage ala O.J. Simpson. I realize this case is supposedly about these terrorists' involvement in the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks. But no court case would be legit without full disclosure about who their sponsors were, how they were funded, or to what extent the CIA and the ISI are involved with the activities of these men.
I believe these men, if given a public forum, could in fact make the "War On Terror" look like a farce.
I meant to say that, while I do believe KSM to be a committed "terrorist", as was his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, I also believe that giving them a hearing in open court could do a lot of damage to criminal United States foeign policy.
Hence, reform could become possible.
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