I can remember the argument when President Obama first mentioned closing Gitmo. Much of the argument centered on financial concerns about having the trials in civilian courts but what caught me off guard was the argument that some did not think that our judicial system could produce convictions. This recent conviction of Shahzad should demonstrate that this concern is not a concern. “The Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, a mandatory penalty that left him defiant as ever and the judge who sentenced him determined to send a message to anyone who might want to follow in his path.” “Faisal Shahzad came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.” “Shahzad was arrested two days after a bomb in the back of a sport utility vehicle fizzled with a mere sputter of smoke, drawing the attention of a street vendor who alerted police.” (Hays, Tom, 10/05/2010, Associated Press, Times Square attempted bomber gets life sentence, Retrieved from email@example.com). He was able to speak and it did not cause our democracy to fall.
The below article replays what some seemed so worried about. Much of the concerns should now be answered above. America can withstand, America can endure and America will never falter. We must believe, trust and have faith in our judicial system and not fall prey to concerns as replayed below. “The pending 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, which is the latest flash point in the Guantanamo debate, would slow the transfer of detainees to their home or third-party countries hinder a future transfer of detainees to U.S. soil and block funds to buy or build a replacement for Guantanamo in the United States.” “One of the key unresolved questions is where to try and hold the 36 detainees the administration plans to prosecute in military and civilian courts.” “Attorney General Eric Holder said late last year that the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged terrorists held at Guantanamo would take place in U.S. federal court in New York City.” “But the decision came under immediate fire — even from friends of the administration — by critics who believed that sending the men to the scene of the crime for trial raised too many financial and security concerns.” (Dwyer, Devin and de Vogue, Ariane, 6/02/2010, ABC News, Five Reasons Guantanamo Won’t Close This Year, Retrieved from abcnews.go.com). For those who had a hand in the taking of lives in New York should be returned to the very same place to lose theirs.