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Editorial: Risky Terrorist Trial

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Obama administration has undertaken its riskiest gamble yet.   No, we aren’t talking about the health care plan. We’re referring to the decision by the government to put the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, on trial in a federal court in New York City instead of before a military tribunal.

In doing so, the administration is exposing the nation to multiple dangers - including the risk to New York itself by terrorists drawn to the trial. Perhaps just as dangerous to American security is that by trying Mohammed in an open civilian court, prosecutors will be forced to reveal a treasure trove of top secret intelligence that groups like Al Queda will love to get their hands on. Not to mention that Mohammed himself is going to love the propaganda bonanza that the spectacle of his trial will certainly offer.   There simply is no legitimate reason to give a murdering terrorist the same rights and benefits that the constitution normally accords primarily to U.S. Citizens.  9/11 was not a criminal act - it was an act of war.    

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