In recent days, there has been an “uproar” among right-wing pundits and politicians who have objected to trying terrorism suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other alleged co-conspirators in civilian courts in New York City. One of the most outrageous objections against the New York City trials came today during an exchange between Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and MSNBC’s David Shuster. After being asked whether it was hypocritical to be against the NYC trials while saying nothing about 119 terrorism suspects who were tried in civilian courts during the Bush administration, Wolf deflected and claimed that giving terror suspects civilian trials is equivalent to “treating them better than you’re treating a young American serviceman or woman”:
WOLF: What we believe is it’s inappropriate to try them in New York City or major metropolitan areas. You’re basically giving them a forum. Secondly, you’re endangering the area. Thirdly, you’re treating them better than a young American serviceman or woman who serves in the military.