Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I don't know anything about Tanzanian Ahmed Ghailani, the accused terrorist who Obama will try in a civilian court in New York.
I have no idea whether he is a real terrorist or not.
I have no idea whether the trial will be a show trial by a judge whose allegiance is to the national security apparatus, or a real trial by a judge who will uphold the rule of law.
And as my readers know, I have been highly critical of Obama for continuing the torture cover up (and continuing torture) at Guantanamo, of leaving Gitmo open, and of denying justice to many prisoners.
But I fully applaud this move. Whatever happens, at least it has the appearance of acting in accordance with the Constitution and the rule of law.
As such, it is a move in the right direction.