Just because 1998 African embassy bombings mastermind Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was acquitted on 284 out of 285 counts doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try again, right?
(Politico) — President Barack Obama’s top terrorism adviser on Friday delivered a forceful and detailed defense of the Obama administration’s program of trying terror suspects in civilian courts and, eventually, shutting the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Brennan’s address to a group of liberal lawyers in New York was the administration’s strongest recent defense of a set of plans that have hit practical and political setbacks since the president failed in his attempts to shutter the prison and to try a top terror suspect in federal court in New York.
“Article III courts [are] an essential tool — not just a nice tool to have — but . . . an absolutely essential tool so that we can take the appropriate steps with individuals, whether they’re captured overseas, and definitely if they’re captured here in the United States,” Brennan said in a speech at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.
“Closing Guantanamo Bay is important for our national security interests,” Brennan said. “But there are many, many complex complex elements to Guantanamo Bay that truly are going to make it very difficult to move swiftly with the closing of that facility.”