Recorded on April 5, 2011
It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.
President Obama has reversed course on something important- it’s good that he did. The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and other accused terrorists will indeed be tried before military tribunals. The administration has abandon plans to try them in civilian courts in New York City.
That effort delayed everything for a year and a half, because the military proceedings were actually under way when the Obama administration stopped them. Endless appeals could have dragged things out further if regular courts were used, plus, security could have cost a possible one billion dollars for a stateside trial. But those problems don’t exist at trials at the Guantanamo Bay prison- military justice has plenty of safeguards and it’s the proper form to try enemy combatants.
It’s taken too long to make the right decision, but at least now it has been made.