Kit Bond wasted no time before joining the Republican attack dogs frothing about the decision to bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of the 9/11 cospirators to New York to stand trial. Spouting what seems to be the agreed upon Republican rhetorical figure, he characterized the decision as prioritizing “political correctness over protecting the citizens of this country.” (Compare John Boehner’s similar statement that the decision “puts the interests of liberal special interest groups before the safety and security of the American people.”)
In regard to this line of attack, Glenn Greenwald gets it absolutely, spot-on right:
As always, the Right’s tough-guy leaders wallow in a combination of pitiful fear and cynical manipulation of the fear of their followers. Indeed, it’s hard to find any group of people on the globe who exude this sort of weakness and fear more than the American Right.
Bond’s fearfulness is so extreme that it leads him to an implied repudiation of constitutional values:
…it an insult to the memories of those who were brutally murdered on September 11th that the perpetrators of these cowardly acts of terrorism will sit in a courtroom blocks away from Ground Zero and reap the full benefits and protections of the U.S. Constitution.
Strange sentiments indeed from a man who claims to value the principles embodied in the Constitution. When push comes to shove, Bond, clearly thinks that we can’t trust our form of government or our system of jurisprudence. Or maybe he just thinks that it’s in bad taste to insist that justice be served when you don’t like the folks it’s being served upon – that might be why he thinks that real justice, rather than unproven allegation and torture, would “insult” the memories of those who died on 9/11.
Perhaps Bond could take a lesson from the 9/11 victims’ family members who speak out about the promised trials in the ACLU video below: