Jewish World Review Nov. 13 , 2002 / 8 Kislev, 5763
Should Moussaoui be sent
to a military tribunal?
The White House is now considering
sending accused 20th hijacker, Zacarias
Moussaoui, to a military tribunal. According to
"The New York Times," this would mean the
Justice Department drops all the charges, and
Moussaoui would be tried by the military
My concern is not about military tribunals -I think
they may be entirely appropriate- but about changing
course midstream. In effect, saying, "Well, since we're not
happy with the proceedings thus far, let's just stop playing in
this arena and send him somewhere else that will rightly be
perceived as unfair and maybe even weak by our friends
and foes alike."
Look, I've asked the question many times, what can
we do to stop this guy's shenanigans? He's filed ridiculous
and frivolous legal motions with insults directed at the judge
and at our country, and make long, largely irrelevant
speeches in court. Now there are new concerns that he may
be entitled to have access to captured al Qaeda members.
Well, in his effort to prove he had no advance knowledge of
9/11, the first two issues have been solved, primarily by
refusing to release his motions to the public.
As for access to other al Qaeda members, the
Pentagon is right. There has got to be a way to keep the
prisoners isolated while they're being interrogated. But
there's also got to be a way to accommodate Moussaoui's
rights. This is one of the most conservative federal districts
in the nation. If the judge rules that Moussaoui should get
access to the prisoners, I'm confident the Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals will disagree.
At worst, they could figure out ways to give him
"Access without actually allowing - without actually allowing
him to meet with his brothers in arms." I think to switch
venues now would be to say to Moussaoui and the world
that this admitted al Qaeda member has beaten the U.S. in
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