Obama On NY Terrorist Trials: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Will be 'Put to Death'

by the Left Coast Rebel

So called Constitutional Law Professor Barack Obama to NBC on trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court, in Politico:

“I don't think it will be offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.”

Huh? Presumption of innocence, the hallmark of our legal system? What in God's name would happen if this guy was acquitted, released, roaming the streets? Stranger things have happened, you know. What in God's name is he thinking here? Interestingly he quickly backtracked in another interview -

"What I said was, people will not be offended if that's the outcome. I'm not pre-judging, I'm not going to be in that courtroom, that's the job of prosecutors, the judge and the jury.”

But it doesn't stop there, He continues in a separate interview:

“I think this notion that somehow we have to be fearful, that these terrorists are –possess some special powers that prevent us from presenting evidence against them, locking them up and, you know, exacting swift justice, I think that has been a fundamental mistake.”

UPDATE: Several readers have come to the table on this issue, the fact that the KSM trial is a federal trial and the death penalty is applied to federal cases.

El Cerdo Ignatius writes :

It's true that New York has no death penalty, but applicable federal cases do. However, all it takes is one judge to throw that into question. Cast your thoughts back to September 2002 when Vermont U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III ruled the federal death penalty unconstitutional. At the time, the only consolation death penalty proponets could take out of the ruling was that Timothy McVeigh was already dead. Thankfully, a New York appeals court overturned the ruling about 18 months later.

There is a federal death penalty. For now. But that still doesn't make it a good idea to bring terrorists into the United States and try their cases in court.

Barack Obama is clueless on economic issues, and now he's showing his cluelessness on legal issues. This is pathetic.

via Memeorandum
via Politico
Also read Confederate Yankee

12 comments:

  1. A man-child. An empty suit. That is who we are ruled by. :-(

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  2. LCR: While NY doesn't carry the death penalty, KSM could receive a federal death penalty. And for it to be carried out, BHO would have to sign off personally on it. I did a post along that vein concerning Hasan at Ft. Hood and the death penalty. Does anyone truly believe the Obamarx would sentence a fellow Muslim to death?

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  3. Just a few days ago Barry told us not to rush to conclusions. Now he's doing it again.

    It's no wonder why they are coming to New York for trial. Barry can save the arses of his Islamic brothers. More virgins for Barack.

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  4. yes, one would think that a lawyer would understand that comment can be used in court hearings about the fairness of the proceedings. He is in a weird position right now. He needs to justify the decision to prosecute them here, and at the same time not damage the jury pool. He did that to himself, but it is a live wire act he is going to be on until the verdict comes in.

    BTW - it is federal court, NY not having the death penalty matters not. The federal court system does have the death penalty. That is what they used for McVeigh.

    Hubby is a terrorism anaylst and he has told me that the trail being here in the US won't be a problem. They have ways of protecting national security issues. While I trust his judgement and his expertise in the area, I still think that the circus is not a good thing.

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  5. If anyone believes this man will get convicted, much less sentence to death, then I'll eat my computer. If Obama actually goes through with executing a fellow Muslim, then I'll get myself castrated because this isn't going to happen especially since New york doens't have a death pentalty.

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  6. "the notion...has been a fundamental mistake."

    where has he been the last oh i don't know..decade?!?
    all it takes is something as small as failure to read the miranda rights for the scum to walk.

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  7. Its all a big MUSLIM conspiracy...

    They planned this all along, blow up the WTC get Bush to get bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq, then Obama would get elected and he would free KSM, bankrupt the United States like Osama Bin Laden always predicted, and then we would all convert to Islam...

    Yep, that's IT! One big ol' massive conspiracy....

    No one wonder we can't capture Osama Bin Laden...the guy is brillant and can see things in the future no other mere mortal can even contemplate...

    Lets start the conspiracy channel and make some big bucks before we all end up converting...

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  8. It's true that New York has no death penalty, but applicable federal cases do. However, all it takes is one judge to throw that into question. Cast your thoughts back to September 2002 when Vermont U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III ruled the federal death penalty unconstitutional. At the time, the only consolation death penalty proponets could take out of the ruling was that Timothy McVeigh was already dead. Thankfully, a New York appeals court overturned the ruling about 18 months later.

    There is a federal death penalty. For now. But that still doesn't make it a good idea to bring terrorists into the United States and try their cases in court.

    Barack Obama is clueless on economic issues, and now he's showing his cluelessness on legal issues. This is pathetic.

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  9. @ Opus - It is more obvious by the day.

    @ Blackandgold - Gotcha, a federal case, federal death penalty statute.

    @ BB - And we're not supposed to see through the contradictions....

    @ Consgirl - Thanks for the info, I understand that this may come down to bringing justice to this guy but the spookiness factor...I just don't have ANY faith in leadership right now.

    @ madmath - I'll eat mine too.

    @ labcat - Exactly!

    @ TAO - I totally agree with the bankrupting the US part of what you say here. Like it or not, that is precisely what he is trying to do. As far as a conspiracy goes......not hardly, I don't trust the intelligence and/or intent of our leaders. They aren't smart enough to pull off a conspiracy like that.

    @ Ignatius - Gotcha, in my haste I neglected that, this is pathetic.

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  10. WE are standing in the middle of the tornado and trying to figure out what's going on. The Dem Party, Rahm, and their distasteful cabal are in full Chicago-style confusion/smokescreen/tire-the-public mode.

    Meanwhhile, they'll attempt yet another weekend ObamaCare move.

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  11. I am not a lawyer--I don't even paly one on TV.

    But it looks top me like Obama is very carefully setting up a mistrial and eventula dismissal with predjuice.

    Not Mirandized.
    Predjudiced prosecution.
    lack of impartial jury pool.
    and
    on
    and
    on.

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  12. Oops I thought I would get a chance to clean up the typos %^(

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