"Justice Department: 390 Terrorist Convictions Since 9/11
"Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 02:40:04 PM PDT
"The Department of Justice is fighting back hard on the ongoing efforts by Lindsey Graham and the Cheney crowd to end civilian trials of terror suspects, highlighting the success rate of civilian courts in obtaining convictions.
"In filings provided to the congressional intelligence and judiciary committees — and now to the press — the Department itemized all the people it’s successfully prosecuted since 9/11. It divides them into two categories: the first is for ”violations of federal statutes that are directly related to international terrorism and that are utilized regularly in international terrorism matters” and the second is for those convicted of a terror-supporting offense, like “fraud, immigration, firearms, drugs, false statements, perjury, and obstruction of justice, as well as general conspiracy charges.” All told, that’s 150 convictions in the first category, and 240 in the second, for a grand total of 390 people convicted on terror-related charges from September 11, 2001 to March 18, 2010.
"And there’s more, according to the Justice Department’s filing, since its total “does not include defendants whose convictions remain under seal, nor does it include defendants who have been charged with a terrorism or terrorism-related offense but have not been convicted either at trial or by guilty plea.”
"But the military commissions have convicted three people since 9/11, so that’s something. . . . "
I recently completed a questionnaire where I chose civilian jury trials for the terrorist suspects rather than military courts. The Republicans want to trample on the Constitution and have military trials of civilians. Actually, the Republicans don't make any sense. They say the people in Gitmo should have no Geneva Convention Prisoner-of-War rights because they are not soldiers, and they add that they should have no U.S. Const. jury trial rights because they are not civilians. These are the same people that used to take the position that GITMO is beyond the pale of U.S. Courts because it is in Communist Cuba, yet it is controlled by the U.S. Navy. It'ss time to clean house and replace Hal Rogers with a Democrat! Stepp for Congress. KY-5 Dem.