Death penalty for terrorists?

The government is set to try–finally!–the worst of the terrorists in Guantanamo and will seek the death penalty for six individuals, including the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. See
this.

I’d like to hear whether Senators Clinton and Obama will seek the death penalty against these guys.

Do you really think they will be executed? Or will these trials by military tribunal end up putting America on trial before the world for Guantanamo, the war in Iraq, waterboarding, etc., etc.?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bror Erickson

    They will be executed, and America will still be put on trial. Especially for executing. We will be told that two wrongs do not make a right.

  • Bror Erickson

    They will be executed, and America will still be put on trial. Especially for executing. We will be told that two wrongs do not make a right.

  • Carl Vehse

    Pay-per-view! Recoup some of the costs.

  • Carl Vehse

    Pay-per-view! Recoup some of the costs.

  • http://prouty.wordpress.com/ Les Prouty

    I would love to hear Obama and Hillary on this. What reporter has enough integrity to ask the question? If one does try, will he/she be allowed to actually ask the question?

    Will they ever be executed? I doubt it. US will be on trial first.

  • http://prouty.wordpress.com/ Les Prouty

    I would love to hear Obama and Hillary on this. What reporter has enough integrity to ask the question? If one does try, will he/she be allowed to actually ask the question?

    Will they ever be executed? I doubt it. US will be on trial first.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Convicted, sentenced to hang, sprung from jail because the “Club Gitmo” diet made it certain that hanging would pop that cranium right off, making it an 8th Amendment offense.

    Seriously, I have no clue. You’ve got to prove that they knew what they were doing when they collaborated this way, and I don’t know you can prove this.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Convicted, sentenced to hang, sprung from jail because the “Club Gitmo” diet made it certain that hanging would pop that cranium right off, making it an 8th Amendment offense.

    Seriously, I have no clue. You’ve got to prove that they knew what they were doing when they collaborated this way, and I don’t know you can prove this.

  • fw

    I always thought we were sold a bill of goods calling things the “war” on terror. Maybe a ploy by the executive branch to gain some powers… or maybe just was a bit of hyperbole like the war on poverty or the war on drugs or the war on….postmodernist manipulation. still wrongful use of language…..

    It would have been far better to prosecute terrorists as the common criminals they are in our regular courts of law.

    Many federal judges and prosecutors have weighed in with the judgement that this can be done without compromising any national security secrets, and it would have had the benefit of not setting any bad precidents to be exploited by some future presidental demogogue some 20-30 years forward in our history.

    It would not be at all unreasonable to try someone for the capital crime of killing 2500+ persons. They should have been treated like timothy mcvey to begin with.

    we should rightfully be criticized for trying to legitimize torture and indeterminate incarceration and secret prisons in countries that torture. we sell out the very things we claim to hold dear and the very things worth fighting for and defending in favor of feeling safer. being comfortable. we can´t defend america by eroding what she stands for.

    Our ultimate defenses are not armaments, walls and superior force. our ultimate defense is an american population who believes so strongly that we stand for what is right and good, that they will risk their lives for that. WWII proved that.

    interesting that so few congressmen and bushes daughters are so far from being in the military, and that our military is increasingly using mercenaries. This looks exactly like what happened at the end of the roman republic. In the early years of the republic, the war was personal especially for the ruling class. Privilege=civic responsibility. just as it was in geo bush senior´s life. the gw bush/clinton generation is vastly different.

  • fw

    I always thought we were sold a bill of goods calling things the “war” on terror. Maybe a ploy by the executive branch to gain some powers… or maybe just was a bit of hyperbole like the war on poverty or the war on drugs or the war on….postmodernist manipulation. still wrongful use of language…..

    It would have been far better to prosecute terrorists as the common criminals they are in our regular courts of law.

    Many federal judges and prosecutors have weighed in with the judgement that this can be done without compromising any national security secrets, and it would have had the benefit of not setting any bad precidents to be exploited by some future presidental demogogue some 20-30 years forward in our history.

    It would not be at all unreasonable to try someone for the capital crime of killing 2500+ persons. They should have been treated like timothy mcvey to begin with.

    we should rightfully be criticized for trying to legitimize torture and indeterminate incarceration and secret prisons in countries that torture. we sell out the very things we claim to hold dear and the very things worth fighting for and defending in favor of feeling safer. being comfortable. we can´t defend america by eroding what she stands for.

    Our ultimate defenses are not armaments, walls and superior force. our ultimate defense is an american population who believes so strongly that we stand for what is right and good, that they will risk their lives for that. WWII proved that.

    interesting that so few congressmen and bushes daughters are so far from being in the military, and that our military is increasingly using mercenaries. This looks exactly like what happened at the end of the roman republic. In the early years of the republic, the war was personal especially for the ruling class. Privilege=civic responsibility. just as it was in geo bush senior´s life. the gw bush/clinton generation is vastly different.

  • Carl Vehse

    I always thought we were sold a bill of goods calling things the “war” on terror.

    A “war on terror”, a “war on drugs”, a “war on illiteracy”, a “war on crime”… it’s feel-good PR.

    If it were a “war on terrorists” then the administration would need to up the kill ratio by a few orders of magnitude.

    A “war on terror”, a “war on drugs”, a “war on illiteracy”, a “war on crime”

  • Carl Vehse

    I always thought we were sold a bill of goods calling things the “war” on terror.

    A “war on terror”, a “war on drugs”, a “war on illiteracy”, a “war on crime”… it’s feel-good PR.

    If it were a “war on terrorists” then the administration would need to up the kill ratio by a few orders of magnitude.

    A “war on terror”, a “war on drugs”, a “war on illiteracy”, a “war on crime”


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