Hoekstra: Fort Hood Info Just Tip Of The Iceberg
On a recently concluded conference call, Rep. Pete Hoekstra claimed there is much more information to come out as regards the Fort Hood terrorism suspect, that any terrorism trials headed to New York may well last years and acquittals for any number of reasons should not be ruled out in trials that may dismantle previous efforts to bolster America's anti-terrorism capabilities, potentially handing them over to the courts to direct going forward.
He also had severe criticism for how the Obama administration is proceeding in some specific regards, saying they haven't even been able to produce a basic logic, or clear roadmap to explain, let alone defend recent actions when requested to do so.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (MI) said he believes that all currently public information on Fort Hood terrorist, Nidal Malik Hasan, represents only the "tip of the iceberg" and that there is "much more to come" on Hasan. Hoekstra is the Ranking Republican Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
As regards Fort Hood, Hoekstra said he had little doubt this was an act of terrorism, as opposed to a simple crime. He believes the Obama administration will eventually be forced to reach the same conclusion. While Hasan may fit the classic definition of a Lone Wolf terrorist, Democrats have already removed that provision from the Patriot Act.
As regards the planned trials of KSM and others in NYC, Hoekstra agreed that they present the possibility that much of the increased enforcement actions developed throughout the Bush years may be subject to being exposed and potentially dismantled. Ultimately, the trials could effectively put the courts in charge of the so called War on Terrorism.
He also cited the John Adams Project as being prepared to throw their full weight and resources behind bringing about that very result. He feels they will do all that they can to put the government, the Bush administration and affiliated government organizations and procedures on trial, while providing KSM and others a world stage, potentially for years to come.
The ACLU and NACDL have assembled defense teams to be available to assist in the representation of detainees facing prosecution at Guantánamo. We took this step because of our grave concerns that the Guantanamo military commissions process does not reflect our country's commitment to justice and due process.
Hoekstra also claimed the administration seems to lack any clear rationality for having some terrorists proceed to trial under military commissions, while others will enter the American Court system. When recently asked what course Osama bin Laden might be tracked on were he captured, the Obama administration was unable to answer the question. Evidently, they have not planned for such an occurence, though Obama did claim it to be job one during his campaign.
The congressman also called for the release of all known information on precisely who the individuals were that were to be tried, or held within the United States. Hoekstra believes if Americans knew their full backgrounds and current mindsets, citizens would most likely not what them moved into their states once they understood who the men truly were and what they may have done, or planned to do. That includes ways in which they currently resist efforts to hold and control them.
Chuck Schumer has already requested that 75 Million dollars be earmarked for the NYC trial. It's unclear if that is the money for one year, or the entire trial. Hoeksta believes the trial could last as long as from 4 – 5 years, potentially through the next presidential election.