I understand the US is bound by law and stuff like that but what happened to that law at Guantanamo Bay? Or when Bin Laden was to be trialled? Your the country thats invented 'bending the rules', this is the ideal situation to bend the rules a bit :)
emphasis mine. This from the person who is living in London. I find it ironic given that if the US justice system is modeling itself after anyone's questionable legal practices its the UK. look into phrases like 'Diplock Courts' , Prevention of Terrorism Act (Northern Ireland) (Starting around the 1970s on)
The UK has LONG had the legal practice of locking up accused terrorists with little to no sustainable proof in a normal court. Or with the abilty to face (or even cross examine) your accusers, or retain legal counsel. Or in some cases even attend your own trial.
I have spoken against these practices here in the US. Got called a 'softie' and 'commie' for speaking out against the patriot act in the early part of this century. Had a Chief Petty Officer try and get my clearance pulled for speaking out, off shift and out of uniform, against it.
My biggest issues with the Bush 2 White House had to deal with our legal stance on terror and what it could lead to. Last years NDAA terrifies me more than words. That you can 'automagically' lose the right to trial, council, or even to know your charges and be sentence in absentia is terrifying. Who defines what an 'enemy' of the government? How long till that definition goes from a single sentence to a long convoluted phrase that can be summed up as 'anyone that the government thinks will oppose them in anyway."
That being said.. and my comments on the UK legal system aside.. let me sum it up like this.
Are we at war with his country? No..he's an American Citizen.
He's committed mass murder. Try him. Put him in a super-max and let him rot. Or put a needle in his arm.
When you let the person doing the crimes set the tier on which he or she they are considered at. You let the person doing the crime set the battle ground for consideration. You lose standing in the public eye and in future cases. The UK learned that with the hunger strikers in Northern Ireland.