In about five minutes DOJ is scheduled to start a briefing on “a matter of national security,” which could be anything from plans to deal with ISIS detainees to, you know, a major intervention in the political process.
It is in fact the ISIS detainees; DOJ announcing indictments of members of the ISIS hostage taking call that became known as The Beatles.
The move by the Trump/Barr DOJ to indict these ISIS members and try them in the United States won’t be top news in such momentous times, but it reflects an important change—the abandonment of an element of Republican politics from the Bush era that stretched through Obama’s term.
In those times, Republicans attacked the idea that dangerous terrorist suspects could be brought to the US and tried in Article III courts. It was part of the rationale for the Bush/Cheney extralegal system of black sites, gitmo, etc. and the ad hoc mess of military commissions.
Liberals argued that Article III courts and regular prosecutions were not only the right and moral way to deal with terrorist suspects but the most effective way too. We’ve been proved right again and again, especially as the 9/11 military commission system at gitmo flounders.
This is sometimes what winning a policy argument looks like. You watch your opponents give up their fear-mongering and do what you recommend, and everyone calls it a nothingburger. But it’s not nothing that this is headed to a US trial rather than Guantanamo or a black site.
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