Congress should stop civilian trials for terrorist

Rep. Louis Gohmert explains why the military tribunals should be given exclusive jurisdiction to try the terrorist making war against us. He also reproduce this statement by KSM and his co-conspirators:

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- “So, if our act of Jihad and our fighting with you caused fear and terror, then many thanks to God, because it is him that has thrown fear into your hearts, which resulted in your infidelity, paganism, and your statement that God had a son and your trinity beliefs. God stated in his book, verse 151, Al-Umran: ((Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, for that they joined companies with Allah, for which he has sent no authority; There[sic] place will be the fire; and evil is the home of the wrongdoers.)) ”p.4

- “So, our religion is a religion of fear and terror to the enemies of God: the Jews, the Christians, and pagans. With God’s willing, we are terrorists to the bone. So, many thanks to God. . . We will make all of our materials available, to defend and deter, and egress you and the filthy Jews from our countries.” p.5

- “We ask to be near to God, we fight you and destroy you and terrorize you. The Jihad in god’s cause is a great duty in our religion. We have news for you, the news is: You will be greatly defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq and that American will fall, politically, militarily, and economically. Your end is very near and your fall will be just as the fall of the towers on the blessed 9/11 day. . . So we ask from God to accept our contributions to the great attack, the great attack on America, and to place our nineteen martyred brethren among the highest peaks in paradise.”p.6

-“Signed: The 9/11 Shura Council, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi bin As-Shibh, Walid bin ‘Attash, Mustafa Ahmed Al-Hawsawi, ‘Ali ‘abd Al-‘Aziz ‘Ali, Sunday, 3/1/1429h, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba”

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When you read that, is there anything in it that makes you think we are better off trying them in civilian courts in New York? Why not just accept the statement as a guilty plea in the military tribunal and move to the punishment phase?

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