Skip to comments.Jim Moran: Daniel Pearl’s family is un-American
Posted on 11/16/2009 10:43:30 AM PST by American Dream 246
Thats certainly the conclusion one can draw from two stories over the last couple of days. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who pushed Barack Obama to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US for criminal trials, says that criticism of the decision is un-American: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has strong words for the Republicans opposing Attorney General Eric Holders plan to bring five 9/11 suspects to New York City to face trial. They see this as an opportunity to demagogue, he said. They will seize on any opportunity to do that, and that means theyll even take a stand thats un-American. Its un-American to hold anyone indefinitely without trial, Moran added. Its against our principles as a nation. Maybe Moran missed this story from The Hill. The family of journalist Daniel Pearl, murdered and beheaded by none other than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself, took that same un-American stand that Moran blasted: The family of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl expressed disappointment with the Obama administrations decision to try the professed killer of their son, alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in a civilian court.
We are sorry to learn of the Justice Department decision to try KSM in a NYC Federal Court. We are respectful of the legal process, but believe that giving confessed terrorists a worldwide platform to publicize their ideology sends the wrong message to potential terrorists, inviting them in essence, to resort to violence and cruelty in order to gain publicity. We believe that justice is better served if the trial of KSM, the confessed murderer of Daniel Pearl, be held in closed session. Its actually rather amusing to see someone complaining about demagoguery in one breath and accusing his critics of acting un-American in the next. Apart from that, whats really striking about the statement is the abject stupidity of it. Congress authorized military tribunals or commissions to adjudicate the cases of those captured as war criminals, which means they would have had an opportunity to challenge the government case in the same setting America has always used for war criminals military tribunals. Moran seems to forget that the Nuremberg trials were in fact conducted by the military, not by American civil courts, and no one has seriously suggested that those didnt work as intended. In fact, theyre usually the standard by which other efforts are measured. Jim Geraghty notes that this did not escape the notice of Morans challenger, Matthew Berry: It is wrong for Congressman Moran to question the patriotism of the millions of Americans who believe that terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried by military commissions rather than in civilian courtrooms. Furthermore, Congressman Morans comment reflects a basic ignorance of American history. Military commissions were used to try war crimes during the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War II. The use of a military commission to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would have been entirely in keeping with American history and tradition. Was Barack Obama un-American when he endorsed military tribunals for KSM in 2006?
Jim Moran and his party are Un-American.
Jim Moron makes me glad I moved out of Northern Virginia and back to New Hampshire!
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Ewwww.....I’m not willing to go that far.Besides, we ‘ve got McDonnell now, so I think there’s hope for our state.However, I do like your state slogan-”Live Free Or Die”!
Yes what an embarassment for Northern Virginia.
Jim Moran is a moron
my eyes hurt!
The congressman’s name is fitting. . . Congressman Moron (whoops, did i spell that wrong? lol, sorry Moron). . .
Now they are speaking out against the actions of the pathetic occupant of the White House and his pathetic excuse for an Attorney General.
As well they should.
Sorry...did not notice the paragraphs were not done when I copied it...
Plus....I would guess that Mr. Pearl VOTED for Bammy, the Muslim.
This guy needs a good solid punch in the snot locker, at a minimum.
So the Dums think that wanting Terrorists tried in a Military tribunal (like the Nazis) is un-American.
DUMs are so ignorant, they are a danger to themselves and should be forced to only eat with the supervision of an adult.
It's M O R O N!!
Why can’t Pearl’s family, and any other survivor/relative/significant other of 911 victims join this civil/criminal trial as interpleaders and sue the Islamofascist for damages. Since zero/Holder have managed to get the case into civil courts they have opened the door to ALL available court challenges—have they not?
Wait till the Rag Heads start blowing up his State.
Are you kidding ? Moran would light the match.
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