Originally created 12/16/01

Strongly backs military tribunals



The military tribunal is the proper and only way to go in trying foreign terrorists and their supporters.

President George W. Bush, as commander in chief of our armed forces, has every right to introduce a just but swift system to bring to justice those non-U.S. citizens whose main goal is to destroy our country and our way of life.

That President Bush did not consult with Congress, especially those like Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and his ultraliberal cohorts, is just too bad.

The liberals' objectives are to bring these terrorists to the U.S. so our trial lawyers will have plush employment for years to come, and we taxpayers will have to foot the bill to the tune of millions of dollars.

A good example is the legal circus connected with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the bombing of our embassies in Africa.

Was justice served? No. Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars were spent in court trials, and those convicted, even though hundreds of innocent civilians were killed or injured, languish comfortably in our jails at a yearly cost of $60,000 for each of them.

Terrorists and their active supporters do not show any mercy or sympathy when they are on their murderous missions. Therefore, they do not merit the protection of our justice system and definitely should not be made into martyrs in some kangaroo court.

Al Kotras, Augusta