“The decision to try the 9/11 defendants in a civilian court opens up the likelihood that the defendant’s right to what is called `discovery’ will require providing the defense team with intelligence that will surely make its way back to terrorist allies,” insisted one of the contributors to the November 20 installment of The Hill newspaper’s “The Big Question” feature. “These trials should be held in military courts where no such rights exist. Their crimes were acts of war (didn’t we go to war as a result?), not the acts of ordinary criminals.”
That slurry of pre-digested Red State Fascist soundbites was regurgitated by John F. McManus, president of the John Birch Society and Publisher of The New American magazine. The JBS and TNA have previously taken the position that the undeclared wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are constitutionally illegitimate and morally unsupportable, and that the terror tribunals are an abomination. As president of the JBS, Mr. McManus is the official arbiter of the organization’s ideology.
Ironically, on the same day McManus embraced the Fox “News”/neo-con/war-bot view of the impending KSM trial, The New American published a typically incisive and witty essay by LRC contributor Becky Aker in which she condemned the Hitlerian terror tribunals.