ON-Lion Letter
In mid-November, former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey addressed The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies' national lawyers convention in Washington, D.C.  He addressed the recent decision by the Obama administration to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and other terrorists in criminal court in Manhattan.

"The plan seems to abandon the view that we are involved in a war," according to Mukasey, and risks making the city "the focus of mischief in the form of murder by adherents of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  Whether this raises the odds that it will, I would suggest to you that it raises them very high."

Mukasey is also a former federal judge and prosecutor from New York.  He is now a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York.

"I can’t see anything good coming out of this," he continued, saying "I think it would have been far preferable to have tried these cases in the venue that Congress created for trying them and where they were to be tried," in military tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mukasey fretted about the potential outcomes of this legal experiment.  "If I thought that I or my family or my fellow citizens had three lives to live, I suppose I could be persuaded that we should live one of them as a social experiment to see whether the result here is one that we want to live with.  But I don't and they don't and you don't.  It would take a whole lot more credulousness than I have available to be optimistic about the outcome of this latest experiment," he concluded.

Full video and audio of his address are available online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Federalist Society.
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