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November 18, 2009

Obama: KSM trial results have been predetermined

In the USSR, this used to be known as a "show trial".

...I don't think it will be offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him, Obama told NBCs Chuck Todd...

WHEN, not "if".
IS, not "might be".
Being a law professor and all that, Obama fully understands the semantic difference between "when" and "if", and "is" and "might be".

The problem of course is that a jury in a civilian trial can be a real wild card, as it was in the OJ trial. They CAN and often do ignore compelling evidence if they get a bug up their ass about something the prosecution has done that chafes them.

KSM's "trial" is plainly going to be a show trial, but the real question is what "the show" is going to be about (and we all have a pretty good idea about what that's going to be), since its OBVIOUSLY NOT going to be KSM, since a military tribunal could have convicted and sentenced him to die a long time ago, saving the taxpayers a monstrously expensive spectacle.

The next question is if the Obama administration has intentionally setup a show trial for one man with a predetermined outcome and penalty, they've just proven they're OK with the notion of rigging civilian trials.

That is a pretty chilling revelation.

"...words matter..." -- Benjamin Cardozo

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posted by Purp at 11:32 PM

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