VOICE OF THE PEOPLE by James J. Devine
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks who is often referred to as KSM, will stand trial in New York City, putting an end to the un-American abuses of the Bush era.
Legal rights extended to criminals of the worst sort are the only protection innocent people have against government subjugation.
If KSM were denied his day in court, then so could be your son or daughter.
The alleged arch-terrorist was arrested in March 2003 by Pakistani security forces that turned him over to the CIA for interrogation.
The spy agency reportedly subjected KSM to 183 episodes of waterboarding, a form of torture intended to get him to link Saddam Hussein with the al Qaeda terror organization.
The Bush administration never had any reason to torture this individual because there was no connection between Iraq and al Qaeda.
The 183 episodes of waterboarding did not reveal any al Qaeda secrets or serve to protect innocent lives.
No evidence that resulted from torture is needed to convict KSM of crimes against humanity, but humanity itself deserves protection against the kind of evil perpetrated by the former president and his minions.
As the most high-profile detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, KSM represents two kinds of terror.
One is the obvious destruction intended to invoke fear among citizens of our free society. The other is the fear that resulted from those attacks.
When George W. Bush abandoned the Constitution of the United States and the principles of humanity embodied in international law, he expressed a lack of faith in our system of Justice.
Putting KSM on trial demonstrates that America is better than Bush and his neocon allies believe it to be.
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