Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thoughts on trying Terrorists in NYC

Article III Section 2 - Trial by Jury, Original Jurisdiction, Jury Trials

"The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed."

Of course we have it from the highest authority that the Constitution is just a god damn piece of paper and where it isn't that Article II Section 2 obviously rules over all other Articles and that pesky Bill of Rights.

Trial by jury? In New York? Where do these anti-American terrorist lovers come up with crazy shit like that?
How do mature societies deal with this?

"We are not afraid to ride public transportation.

We are not afraid to walk down a crowded street.

We are not afraid of each other.

We are not afraid to say that terrorism in any form is never the answer.

We’re not afraid is an outlet for the global community to speak out against the acts of terror that have struck London, Madrid, New York, Baghdad, Basra, Tikrit, Gaza, Tel-Aviv, Afghanistan, Bali, and against the atrocities occurring in cities around the world each and every day. It is a worldwide action for people not willing to be cowed by terrorism and fear mongering.

The historical response to these types of attacks has been a show of deadly force; we believe that there is a better way. We refuse to respond to aggression and hatred in kind. Instead, we who are not afraid will continue to live our lives the best way we know how. We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

We are not afraid."

Conservatives are fond of mocking people for adopting a "Pre-9/11 Mindset" as if not living in a state of constant fear and paranoia and xenophobia is somehow a bad thing. This doesn't mean not being vigilant, it means not dismissing written intelligence warnings titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside the United States".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the republicans have let the terrorists win. If the terrorists convince us that we need to change the way we do business, then they have won. They all seem to have no confidence in our court system. While I might have moved the trial to Levenworth, more for security than other reasons, it still needs to be a trail. Now for a place to put the convicts lets build a second Florence Co prision on Attu Island in the Aleutians. The other place is where we put those in the Lincoln assination conspiracy who were not hung, Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. (The largest brick fortification in the world).
In fact since it has been established that electronic means meet the requirement for confrontation, perhaps you hold the folks in the MCC and don't move them to the courthouse for the trail.