From the Under the Dome blog:
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick has posted a new video on YouTube offering her thoughts on whether the United States should try suspected terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and others in civilian court in New York City.
Myrick’s answer: No.
"They are enemy combatants," she says. "Why should they be given the same rights as U.S. citizens?"
In the two-minute video, Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, says the trial would serve as little but a public platform for Mohammed to proclaim his views about America.
She worries that some evidence wouldn’t be admissible because Mohammed’s Miranda rights weren’t read when he was captured, Washington correspondent Barb Barrett reports. She says other evidence wouldn’t be admissible because it’s classified.
Myrick says jurors would likely live in fear for the rest of their lives if they return guilty verdicts.
And she fears other terrorists might commit violence for the purpose of getting public civilian trials as well.
"It’s like having your cake and eating it too," Myrick says on the video. "Commit jihad and then get a platform to explain why you did it. And all at the expense of U.S. taxpayers."
Instead, she says, the United States should use the military court system.
"We should try them quickly and efficiently in a safe and secure military court, and be done with it, period," Myrick says.