Treating terrorism like a crime instead of an act of war is not a good idea, and the public knows it. Thus, when Attorney General Eric Holder wanted to treat it like crime and try KSM in New York, the American people expressed outrage. Everyone except the died-in-the-wool Clinton sycophants knew that Bill Clinton spent his presidency treating terrorism like crime, and what did we get? We got 9/11.
Nevertheless, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, being pushed by Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.), promises to give foreign terrorists held by the U.S. access to civilian courts within the U.S., instead of military tribunals. Moreover, the amendment would not only “implement an unprecedented reversal in longstanding U.S. policy by requiring that terrorists be prosecuted in civilian courts… [but] would also allow them to be housed among general inmates in American prisons.”
Perhaps the most important thing to note in this legislative discussion is is that Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) support it. If you write a piece of legislation dealing with foreign policy and either of these two titans sign on, you know you’ve made a mistake.
The bottom line: Legal rights for terrorists is never a good idea, for it goes against the grain of common sense and it runs counter to legal precedent and military tradition in this nation. It is also an affront to our brave troops who risk life and limb to capture these combatants and bring them to justice.