It’s understandable that, in a nation of this size with a government as large as it is, the average American might feel as though their opinion doesn’t matter.
Every once in a while, however, we get pleasantly surprised by something that happens either inside the Beltway or out — it could be the election of someone like Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy, it could be the congressional abandonment of comprehensive immigration reform a few years ago when telephone traffic from concerned citizens shut down Capitol Hill switchboards, or it could have something to do with what Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra posted on Twitter at approximately 10:15 p.m. yesterday evening.
petehoekstra Justice Dept instructed to look for trial sites outside of NY for KSM.Now they need to give up on Gitmo North. Grassroots success!
Apparently, the “tweet” is in response to a piece by the New York Daily News which was published yesterday just after 8:00 p.m. It’s no secret that bringing 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Lower Manhattan for a civilian trial was a bad idea from the start. And recently, lawmakers from Barack Obama’s side of the aisle began to break with the White House.
The Hill reported yesterday that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a far-left Democrat who also happens to chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, was asking that the trials be moved. And the piece made mention of relief on the part of Sen. Chuck Schumer at the news as well.
It just wasn’t a good decision. For anybody. And for reasons covered ad nauseum in these pages. Now it’s just a matter of whether President Obama will follow through and let the common sense momentum from this decision transfer into other ones — such as reconsidering civilian trials for other terrorists such as Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, or reconsidering the decision to shutter the terrorist detainee fcacility at Guantanamo Bay and move the inmates to a refurbished prison in Illinois.
Don’t hold your breath.