The plan to bring the terrorists to New York City is an abomination and easily the most pernicious step the Obama administration has taken to date. It is almost certain that such a monumentally misguided decision will have a chilling and deleterious effect not only on our ability to prosecute current and future detainees, but also on our ability to prosecute the overall war on terror. These are war criminals, not American citizens.
The reason you have a Guantánamo in the first place is to avoid the circus that this will inevitably become. In so doing, the president has placed politics above principle and consequently has violated his most sacred oath: the protection of American citizens.
Yonkers, Nov. 14, 2009
The writer is a lieutenant in the New York Fire Department and a 9/11 family member.
Only an ill-bred jerk would point out that the President makes no oath to defend Americans, but only to defend the Constitution.