Assigned Reading: Berlin wants no part in potential 9/11 execution
(FROM: Deutsche Welle)
Like most of Western Europe, Germany opposes the death penalty. Which means they are not excited about calls for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad to be executed. Which is a problem because some of the evidence in the trial comes from Germany.
A team of observers from the German government is going to New York to oversee the trial of five suspects accused of orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States… The defense lawyer for one of the accused, Ramzi Binalshibh, said that a conviction of his client would “scarcely be possible without evidence from Germany.”
I’m actually not sure how this would change in a military tribunal, but it is just one in a long litany of problems with the administration’s behavior. What is the point in campaigning for a “fair trial” in a civilian court, and then violating Department of Justice policies by calling KSM guilty and tainting the jury pool by campaigning for the death penalty before the trial starts? Then there’s the fact that any defense attorney is immediately going to call for a change of venue from New York City. We couldn’t try Timothy McVeigh in the state of Oklahoma so what makes anyone think we can try KSM in the state of New York?