Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says it’s “insulting” that Attorney General Eric Holder blames Congress for blocking any detainees from being tried in the United States, and that should have been the decision from “day one.”
On Monday, the Obama administration decided 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged henchmen should not be tried in New York federal court and they will be prosecuted before military commissions.
“Well, I think this was the right decision from day one, and they should have been prosecuted in Guantanamo two years ago — justice shouldn’t be delayed like this — it’s outrageous that this guy is still not tried,” Giuliani said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s all because of the ineptitude of the president and the Justice Department.
“And the reality is, the explanation now is insulting,” Giuliani said. “The explanation [from Holder] is: ‘Congress forced me to do it.’ The reality is it made no sense ever to attempt to try him in New York — and 70 percent of the American people believe that, bipartisan majorities in Congress believe that, and the president once again has become a follower, which is what our president generally does, he follows — he follows France, he follows the Arab League, he follows the Congress, he follows public opinion.”
Host Mika Brzezinski asked Giuliani whether he thought President Barack Obama would have opened Guantanamo Bay in the first place.
“He might have; when it was opened it was kind of neutral — the whole idea made a great deal of sense,” Giuliani said. “Here’s a military establishment, off the shore of the United States, you have war criminals — people who are militants — and you put them there.
“That’s generally what we did during periods of war,” he continued. “We didn’t bring the Nazi war criminals to America to try them — we kept them in Germany and tried them in Nuremberg.
“The people are being treated better in Gitmo than they were in the caves they were living in before they ever got there.”
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