Well wouldn’t you know it. The first civilian trial a Gitmo detainee ended disastrously for the Justice Department. Ahmed Ghailani was acquitted on 280 or so counts. The only conviction was on a conspiracy charge.
So despite all the promises from Obama, Holder and the left that there would be no problem with civilian trials, there was. Who ever would have predicted that? Oh, yeah, that’s right. We did.
One of the reasons is very simple: national security investigations aren’t conducted to produce admissible evidence in criminal courts. That’s before you even get into issues about using classified information in open court. I have no doubt will turn out to have been a big problem.
I’m guessing this is going to cause a huge uproar and backlash. Don’t be surprised if this is a campaign issue in 2012.