Palin on NY 9/11 Trials: ‘Atrocious,’ Calls to ‘Hang ‘Em High’

November 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin has joined the growing right-wing cacophony condemning the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to try five 9/11 suspects in federal court in New York, including 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. On her Facebook page on Friday, Palin trashed our judicial system, calling the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court “atrocious,” and employed scare tactics saying, a public trial will impede the war on terror. She ended her nonsensical rant by invoking the incendiary cowboy jargon of Bush saying, “Hang ‘em high.”

But many 9/11 family members welcome a federal trial that would finally bring the mass murderers to justice, after they have been imprisoned and tortured in Guantánamo without criminal charges under the Bush/Cheney administration. That is what is truly “atrocious” and is a betrayal of our American values.

Palin, who once claimed that the White House has a Department of Law, believes our criminal system is not up to the task of prosecuting terrorists:

“Horrible decision, absolutely horrible. It is devastating for so many of us to hear that the Obama Administration decided that the 9/11 terrorist mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be given a criminal trial in New York. This is an atrocious decision.”

Palin then says that our allies, upon seeing the widely admired American system of justice at work, would stop supporting us. Note to Palin: the International community condemned the U.S. when the Bush administration abandoned the rule of law and engaged in illegal torture after 9/11.

“Thousands of American families have suffered through the loss of loved ones because of the disgusting attacks launched against the United States, and now this trial venue adds insult to injury, in addition to compromising our efforts in the War on Terror. Heaven forbid our allies see this decision as a reason to become less likely to support our efforts in the future.”

Palin then stated that a trial would provide a venue for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to “grandstand.”

“Criminal defense attorneys will now enter into delaying tactics and other methods in the hope of securing some kind of win for their “clients.” The trial will afford Mohammed the opportunity to grandstand and make use of his time in front of the world media to rally his disgusting terrorist cohorts. It will also be an insult to the victims of 9/11, as Mohammed will no doubt use the opportunity to spew his hateful rhetoric in the same neighborhood in which he ruthlessly cut down the lives of so many Americans.”

“If we are stuck with this terrible Obama Administration decision, I, like most Americans, hope that Mohammed and his co-conspirators are convicted. Hang ‘em high.”

The right-wing worldview holds that terrorists are too scary to be provided a trial under our long-established due process procedures. And that the United States needs to do away with our constitution and rule of law to keep us safe. The framework of our system of due process, accords the same rights of a fair trial to the most heinous of criminals, thereby protecting the rights of all Americans. Otherwise, we would descend into an unlawful nation of lynch mobs.

What are Sarah Palin and other right-wingers afraid of? The U.S. has already successfully prosecuted 145 terrorism cases in federal court, including shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui. And the convicted terrorists have been incarcerated on American soil, without incident.

As noted by Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, countries all over the world have prosecuted terrorists in their courts. “People in capitals all over the world have hosted trials of high-level terrorist suspects using their normal justice system. They didn’t allow fear to drive them to build island-prisons or create special commissions to depart from their rules of justice.”

Greenwald then encapsulates what’s really behind all of the right-wing fear surrounding our judicial system: Palin and others are allowing themselves to be ruled by fear and are surrendering to the terrorists:

The Right’s reaction to yesterday’s announcement — we’re too afraid to allow trials and due process in our country — is the textbook definition of “surrendering to terrorists.” It’s the same fear they’ve been spewing for years. As always, the Right’s tough-guy leaders wallow in a combination of pitiful fear and cynical manipulation of the fear of their followers. Indeed, it’s hard to find any group of people on the globe who exude this sort of weakness and fear more than the American Right.”

To former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and others who have no faith in our constitution and judicial system and have shamefully resorted to fear mongering: Stop promoting fear and giving into fear, we all saw what happened during the Bush/Cheney administration when naked fear led to one of the darkest periods in American history.

Source: Think Progress


3 Responses to “Palin on NY 9/11 Trials: ‘Atrocious,’ Calls to ‘Hang ‘Em High’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 15th, 2009 10:27 pm

    Yes, after all, we don’t need a Constitution and laws. We can sink to the level of barbaric savages and jsut hang them without a trial.

    Anyone else see a problem? Or a slippery slope there?

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