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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Dangers of the KSM Trial

Andy McCarthy prosecuted the Blind Sheikh who helped plan the first World Trade Center bombing. Via Powerline.

During the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (aka the "blind Sheikh"), standard criminal trial rules required the government to turn over to the defendants a list of 200 possible co-conspirators.

In essence, this list was a sketch of American intelligence on al Qaeda. According to Mr. McCarthy, who tried the case, it was delivered to bin Laden in Sudan on a silver platter within days of its production as a court exhibit.

Bin Laden, who was on the list, could immediately see who was compromised. He also could start figuring out how American intelligence had learned its information and anticipate what our future moves were likely to be.

Nevermind that if this were a real trial, it would be thrown out by the judge - KSM was never read his Miranda Rights. This is precisely why it has taken a radical Leftist to provide the first time in U.S. history that we have granted U.S. constitutional rights to enemies at war with the U.S.