A reader writes:
I agree 100% with your principled response. However, given Congress' decree (bipartisan no less) that Gitmo detainees shalt never be transferred to the US for federal trials, the only alternative to military tribunals – indefinite detention – is even MORE unprincipled.
Since the Obama administration is already on record saying that KSM would not be released in the event of an acquittal in a civilian trial, what would be the purpose of going through the exercise? Can you imagine a bigger nightmare scenario than an acquittal of KSM, only to have him returned to military detention?
You wrote, "Al Qaeda could never destroy our values alone. We did it for them." Reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street". After a presumed alien invasion, a small town is overtaken by fear and paranoia. All the aliens have to do is watch as the town destroys itself.
I've tried to acknowledge the practical bind that Congress has put Obama in. And some kind of trial is better than none – as long as the rules aren't as rigged as they were under Bush and the evidence procured through torture is deemed inadmissable.