Monday, April 18, 2011

Obama would prefer civilian court for alleged 9/11 co-conspirators

USA Today provides excerpts from an interview President Obama did with the Associated Press.  In the interview, Obama states he thinks the 9/11 case should have been handled in civilian court in New York.  Here is some of what he said:     
I know that it's a very emotional issue for folks. But one of the things -- I was speaking to a group, and somebody from New York asked me about this issue because of Attorney General Holder's decision to try KSM -- Mohammed -- who was the planner of 9/11.

And they said, we're glad you're not doing it in New York. And I said it was important for us to make a decision to go ahead and prosecute this guy -- it's been 10 years now, the families deserve justice. But I'm -- I remain convinced we could have handled this in New York. We could have handled it in a normal court.

I think it's very important for us not to elevate folks who are murderers and thugs into something special. Our criminal justice system is -- and our trial system is capable of prosecuting terrorists. We've done it before; we can do it again. And I think that we do a disservice to the cause of America's security when we elevate these guys into some special category. They're just a bunch of people who had no regard for human life and are willing to kill people, and we've got to go after them with everything we can ...