US lawmakers Tuesday unveiled plans to block public funding for US-based trials involving Guantanamo detainees who are accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Republican lawmakers Frank Wolf and Lindsey Graham joined forces to introduce legislation which "would explicitly block this dangerous and wasteful trial from any domestic civilian court," Wolf said.
"Dangerous and wasteful"?!?
Dangerous for whom, and wasteful, in a country which is allegedly built on the principle of being a nation ruled by laws?
These men understand that the standards for proof toward a conviction are going to be far higher in a civilian court of law than they ever would be in a military tribunal.
Is it possible that some of these guys were just at the absolutely wrong place at the wrong time, were turned into American custody for a bounty, and were then tortured into confession, as was the case with Abdul Sheik Mohammed??
Of course, that is something these congressmen would never want the American people - or the world - to know.
That's why they're balking at any possibility of a civilian trial, which - if we actually believe in the American system of Justice - is what should be happening for every prisoner of war we are holding at Gitmo.