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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Terror trials in New York: A risky move by Obama

In a move both politically and legally risky, the Obama administration plans to put on trial the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks and four alleged accomplices in a lower Manhattan courthouse.

The venue for the biggest trial in the age of terrorism means prosecutors must balance difficult issues such as rough treatment of detainees and sensitive intelligence-gathering with the Justice Department’s desire to prove that the federal courts are able to handle terrorism cases.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the decision Friday to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to trial in a courtroom barely a thousand yards from the site of the World Trade Center’s twin towers they are accused of destroying.

Trying the men in civilian court will bar evidence obtained under duress and complicate a case where anything short of slam-dunk convictions will empower President Barack Obama’s critics. U.S. civilian courts prohibit evidence obtained through coercion, and a number of detainees were questioned using harsh methods some call torture.

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Facts? Sarah Palin don’t need no stinkin’ facts

Sarah Palin’s new book reprises familiar claims from the 2008 presidential campaign that haven’t become any truer over time.

Ignoring substantial parts of her record if not the facts, she depicts herself as a frugal traveler on the taxpayer’s dime, a reformer without ties to powerful interests and a politician roguishly indifferent to high ambition.

Palin goes adrift, at times, on more contemporary issues, too. She criticizes President Barack Obama for pushing through a bailout package that actually was achieved by his Republican predecessor George W. Bush — a package she seemed to support at the time.

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Back into the fold

Sandy Price returns today as a columnist for Capitol Hill Blue.

Sandy has been a contributor to this web site for many years and we welcome her back to our stable of columnists and look forward to her thoughtful and stimulating commentary.

With the demise of the reader blogs, I’m looking at expanding our group of columnists and will be talking to others in the near future. Those who might be interested in joining our group are invited to contact me via email at doug(at)dougthompson.com.

Unlike so many bloggers, our columnists publish under their real names. Their backgrounds are public record. Our readers know them.

Stay tuned. The fun is just beginning.

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Home again

I am thrilled to be back at CHB. Put down your rocks; politics is no longer my focus for survival.

My background is simple and at an early age, walked away from the family religion and I took a long hard look at their political positions too. In those days both political parties had firm agendas and it was a simple matter of choosing the party of individuals over a party of the masses. Today the government has taken the authority to choose for us that which we find impossible to understand.

There appears to be no one position on any subject that is agreeable to Americans. This is not new but today we have the ability to state our opinions. In my opinion CHB has the ability to offer our opinions rationally and politely. It took me years to understand the value of this offer.

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Obama to Congress: Step back on Fort Hood probe

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.

On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.

“The stakes are far too high,” Obama said in a video and Internet address released by the White House while the president he was flying from Tokyo to Singapore, where Pacific Rim countries were meeting.

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Republicans bash Democrats on health care

House Democrats missed opportunities to improve the House-passed health care bill when they rejected Republican ideas to limit lawsuits and give states more flexibility to enact innovative changes, a GOP lawmaker said Saturday.

Delivering the Republicans’ weekly radio and Internet address, Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois said health care costs could be lowered by “reining in lawsuits” and allowing consumers to buy coverage from across state lines. Kirk promoted several provisions in the House GOP health care bill, which was rejected a week ago when the House passed the Democratic plan.

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