Believe in America


by James J. Devine

Our Constitution grants rights to terrorists so that our government cannot harm us.

Allowing a government to exist is to create a power center that must be controlled.  Dick Cheney and George W. Bush weakened American national security and threatened  the fairness of American justice.

Guantanamo’s closure does not mean we want terrorists in our backyards. Another prison can hold these criminals while they are waiting for their cases to go to trial in a civilian court.

Bush and Cheney were responsible for keeping Americans safe, but they failed. Instead they created an illusion of security and toughness that only fueled hatred and invited more attacks.

As long as liberty, justice and fairness are imperiled by our own government, there can be no American security.

America must try and convict 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, attempted bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and other terrorists in civilian court.  They are guilty and we should show our faith in the American criminal justice system.

President Obama predicted in November that attitudes toward the treatment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would shift once justice ran its course: “I don’t think it will be offensive at all when he’s convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Chuck Schumer are showing weakness on whether these defendants should be tried in civilian court a few blocks from Ground Zero.

It is time to shut the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and let the American criminal justice system devour these savage killers.

It’s time to prove why America is the land of the free and the home of the brave by living up to our credo.

It’s time to believe in America.

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