Saturday, March 06, 2010


Standing with American Veterans, closing Gitmo and making sure just and fair trials are once again the law of the land are the focus of the NEW SECURITY ACTION NETWORK. They encourage us all to contact the White House as Obama is weakening in his resolve.

Here is an example email or letter.

To Barack Obama

Subject We Believe In Our Federal Courts!

Dear President Obama:

I'm writing you today because I'm concerned that you may abandon plans to try terrorism suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in our criminal courts. Don't turn your back on our federal court system.

You know better than most that our criminal courts work. Since 2001, we have tried and convicted more than 300 terrorists in criminal courts, while the flawed military commissions have only convicted three. You came into office promising a return to the rule of law in our efforts to combat terrorism, and I applaud that goal. I have supported your decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try KSM and other Gitmo detainees in our federal system. Not only is it the most effective thing to do, it's the RIGHT thing to do.

I hope you will uphold the rule of law and fight for our Constitution by trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Guantanamo detainees in criminal courts.

Next, " Go to the White House Facebook page and tell the President 'No to military commissions!'"

Meanwhile, "The Washington Post story includes an extraordinary quote from the acting chief defense counsel at the Defense Department's Office of Military Commissions, Marine Colonel Jeffrey Colwell. Colonel Colwell told the Post that it would be "a sad day for the rule of law" if President Obama decides not to proceed with a federal trial. 'I thought the decision where to put people on trial - whether federal court or military commissions - was based on what was right, not what is politically advantageous.'Colonel Colwell is right. Rahm Emanuel and other White House advisers are wrong. There have been 319 convictions of terrorist suspects in criminal courts compared to a total of three in military commissions. Our criminal courts work. Military commissions don't.

The president will hear from his political advisers today, but he also needs to hear from us! says the NEW SECURITY ACTION NETWORK.



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