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CBS news reporting on Rudy Giuliani calling out Holder and Obama on using the trials of 911 terrorists as their personal televised circus for politcal gain. Why take war criminals and put them in NYC and on TV in this circus fashion if not to distract and gather attention for the messiah?
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the Obama administration’s decision to try professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a federal court is a political move to satisfy “left-wing critics” of military tribunals.
Attorney General Eric Holder has drawn heavy fire from Republicans and some Democrats since announcing last week that Mohammed and four alleged henchmen would be prosecuted in a civilian trial instead of a military tribunal. A CBS News poll released earlier this week shows Americans wary of the idea as well, with 54 percent opposed compared to 40 percent in favor.
Giuliani, who was mayor at the time of the World Trade Center attacks, said the move was part of a political agenda “because it makes no sense,” during an appearance on CBS’ “The Early Show” Thursday.
“The reality is that they could be tried in a military tribunal. There is no reason to try them in a civilian court. Others are going to be tried in the military tribunal. And the reality is we’ve never done this before. And this is something that was pushed very, very hard by the left wing for President Obama to do and he’s been criticized for delaying in doing it.”
The Obama administration has defended the decision and predicted a courtroom victory against Mohammed. Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that “failure is not an option.”
And President Obama, speaking during his nine-day trip to Asia, said critics wouldn’t be offended “when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.”
“Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith pressed Giuliani on whether his views actually represented a “flip flop” from his position when blind sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was convicted in a New York federal court. At the time, Smith noted, Giuliani called it a “symbol of American justice.”
“The reality is of course there was no military tribunal in 1993. It would have been absurd for me to argue for that,” Giuliani said. “Now there’s a military tribunal. And if there wasn’t, I would be the first one to say try [Mohammed] in federal court … But military courts can provide justice just as well without the same unnecessary risk.”
Giuliani Calls Out Holder
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