Terror trial locations? Oh, we’ll figure that out after the election. 

In case you missed the Friday news dump for Father’s Day…

The Obama administration will make a decision on where to hold terrorist trials…after the November elections. Surprise, surprise!

Attorney General Eric Holder said the decision over where to hold the trial for alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was “weeks away” — three months ago.

Now advocates on both sides of the issue say they expect the Obama administration to punt the decision until after the November midterm elections— when the controversial plan could do less damage to the political fortunes of endangered Democrats and might face less resistance on Capitol Hill.

Holder last week explicitly denied the midterms had anything to do with the timing but would only say discussions are continuing. The White House had no comment.

For comparison’s sake, three Navy SEALS accused of beating a terror suspect in Iraq in September have already been tried and acquitted. And the ink is barely dry on Obamacare, and the courts are already hearing motions to dismiss.

This isn’t an issue of feasibility. We can begin trials for terror defendants at Gitmo any time we want — we just don’t want to make life worse for Democratic incumbents.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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