America’s Unfinished Business
A dozen years later, the jihadists who planned 9/11 have not been tried.

The lower Manhattan skyline on September 11, 2001.


Michelle Malkin

Before we head to Syria to avenge the mass murder of their kids, how about we finish avenging ours?

When I say “finish,” of course I really mean “start.” A dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, the trials against the jihadist plotters who incinerated pregnant women, firefighters, grandparents, newlyweds, toddlers, and schoolkids on their first-ever plane rides have yet to begin.

Justice not only has been delayed and denied. Justice has been demoted, disowned, and deserted. Justice for the 9/11 victims and families isn’t blindfolded. She’s gagged and hog-tied.

The terror-coddling Obama White House squandered precious years trying to shut down Gitmo to appease the peaceniks, transnationalists, and Muslim grievance-mongers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder arrogantly attempted to shove civilian trials of terrorists — which would have been held a stone’s throw from Ground Zero — down New Yorkers’ throats. Ever since, Team Obama has dragged its feet on military tribunals for the al-Qaeda crew.

If we’re lucky — that’s a big if — the death-penalty war-crimes trials for KSM and his co-conspirators may begin in the fall of 2014. Maybe. Thanks to cunning delays, made-for-media theatrics, and stomach-turning whining by the Gitmo detainees, the journey to hold the 9/11 plotters accountable has become a vulgar joke.

The last time pretrial hearings were held, defendants used their international platform to complain about bathroom breaks and Navy food, which one accused terrorist equated to “torture.” Despite being supplied with fresh halal meals that comport with his Muslim dietary requirements, one member of KSM’s posse complained that his lunches did not include extra condiments such as olives and honey.

Back at Club Gitmo, other jihadi suspects continue to enjoy taxpayer-subsidized movie nights, art and English classes, and Nintendos and PlayStations. And if the clogged wheels of justice for 9/11 victims weren’t bad enough, don’t forget: In 2009, the Obama administration dropped the charges against 2000 USS Cole bombing suspect, Gitmo detainee, and former Persian Gulf operations chief for al-Qaeda Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — and has made no progress on bringing him to justice since reinstating the charges (only under public pressure) in 2011.

How is it that America is poised to use our military — the American people’s, not Obama’s — for a humanitarian intervention that may very well aid and abet the same barbaric forces that brought unprecedented death and destruction to New York City; Shanksville, Pa.; and Washington, D.C., just twelve short, unavenged years ago?

How is it that we prosecuted 2009 Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan quicker than we prosecuted the bloodthirsty Islamist brethren of his who orchestrated the 2001 terror plot that killed more than 2,700 innocent men, women, and children?

Remember: The Bush administration first brought military charges of conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft, and terrorism against KSM and his Koran-inspired killing crew in 2008. Obama recklessly aborted those military tribunals in his bleeding-heart social-justice bid to provide full U.S. constitutional protections for the foreign soldiers of Allah.

It took the united stand of 9/11 families, veterans, anti-jihad watchdogs, and first responders in Manhattan in late 2009 to force Obama and Holder to retreat. They raised their voices to keep 9/11 war-crimes trials out of civilian courts, foreign terrorists off of U.S. soil, and America from returning to pre-9/11 days when the feds responded to deadly terrorist attacks with arrest warrants. The 9/11 Never Forget Coalition refused to stand on the sidelines while Obama’s soft-on-jihad lawyers moved to grant war criminals the same rights as American citizens while endangering the safety of New Yorkers.

Debra Burlingame, founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America and sister of Charles Frank “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 (the flight the jihadists crashed into the Pentagon), sounded the alarm and warned the Obama/Holder brigade: “We will fight you all the way.”

That’s the unapologetic vigilance America was supposed to have adopted after the towers fell, the planes crashed, and the ashes choked the air. Instead, America’s leaders have allowed jihadists to make a mockery of justice. Muslim Brotherhood radicals waltz freely in and out of the nation’s capital. Border security remains a joke. A functioning entry-exit program for foreign visa-holders is still nonexistent. There still is no systemic, coherent, and unapologetic plan to keep Islamic radicals from spreading their hate and endangering Americans in our military, prisons, and schools.

I’m sick of 9/11 anniversary ceremonies by politicians who pay lip service to peace and justice for our country, but refuse to secure them all the way, every day. Remembrance is worthless without resolve. Resolve is useless without action.

Want to honor the 9/11 dead? Take care of unfinished business here at home. Put America first.

Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. © 2013

Remembering 9/11
The date September 11 will forever be etched in the American consciousness as the day of the horrific terrorist attacks of 2001, when nearly 3,000 American perished. Twelve years later, the reverberations of the attacks continue. Here’s a look back the destruction and loss on that terrible day.
The North Tower already in flames from the impact of American Airlines Flight 11, a second hijacked plane, United Flight 175, approaches the South Tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Jet fuel from the impact of Flight 175 erupts from the face of the South Tower.
Tens of thousands of gallons of fuel in both airliners — fully loaded for the planned cross-continental flights — created massive fires inside the towers which eventually weakened their support structures.
This image from a security camera outside the Pentagon captures the moment after American Airlines Flight 77 struck the side of the massive building.
Plumes of smoke from the Twin Towers dominated the Manhattan skyline.
Smoke billows from the upper floors of the North Tower above where Flight 11 struck.
Workers trapped in the upper floors of the North Tower above the impact sites struggle to escape the flames and smoke inside.
Some people made a devastating choice in the face of certain death.
The South Tower starts to collapse at 9:59 a.m.
The top of the North Tower collapses downward at 10:28 a.m.
Debris from one of the towers spreads out and downward during the collapse.
Aerial view of the North Tower's collapse, with lower Manhattan already inundated with smoke from the collapse of the South Tower.
People on the ground flee the massive cloud of debris from the collapsing South Tower.
Onlookers across the Hudson River in Jersey City watch as smoke billows from the collapse of the North Tower.
Fires burn in the lower floors of one of the adjacent World Trade Center complex buildings.
THE PENTAGON: Fire crews work to extinguish fires raging at the Pentagon shortly after the attack.
Fires burn from the windows of the Pentagon near the impact site.
Interior rooms and hallways are exposed in the area above where Flight 77 struck, collapsing the structure above it.
First responders tend to wounded Pentagon workers as smoke billows from the building behind them.
PENNSYLVANIA: Rescue workers inspect the crash site of United Flight 93 in Stoneycreek Township, near Shanksville. It was later learned that passengers aboard the flight had time to learn of the other hijackings and attempted to retake the airplane.
MANHATTAN: The skyline glows with dust in this view from Jersey City.
Manhattan residents react in horror at the unfolding destruction.
A U.S. marshal helps a woman injured in the attack.
Clouds of dust and debris obscure a view of a street in lower Manhattan.
Manhattan residents cover their mouths and faces as they flee the dust across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Ash from the collapsed buildings turned the area around Ground Zero into a lunar landscape.
First responders carry the body of Mychal Judge, a Roman Catholic priest and chaplain of the Fire Department of New York. Judge was fatally wounded on the ground during the collapse of the South Tower.
First responders struggled bravely to save people trapped in the Twin Towers.
GROUND ZERO: The destruction wrought by the collapse of the Twin Towers was unimaginable, creating a Dantean landscape into which rescue workers pushed to try and find survivors. Pictured, a lone fireman (lower center) is dwarfed by the debris pile.
Part of the World Trade Center's unique external ribbing remained standing as the tower collapsed.
Rescue workers (at right) navigate the remains of the South Tower.
Firemen spread water on the collapsed wreckage of 7 World Trade Center.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF: President George W. Bush confers with his team aboard Air Force One after the 9/11 attacks.
President Bush greets first responders at Ground Zero.
President Bush stands atop with rubble at Ground Zero to give a much-needed exhortation of strength and perseverance to the gathered crowd.
President Bush meets with New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani (at left) and emergency officials to discuss the recovery effort.
Amid the devastation, a symbol of hope: A pair of steel beams in the shape of a Christian cross, discovered in the ruins of the Twin Towers.
New York City firemen raise an American flag at Ground Zero shortly after the buildings had fallen.
The twin beams of the Tribute in Light shine skyward from lower Manhattan. First installed in March, 2002, the lights became an annual remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the attacks. With the new One World Trade Center tower nearing completion, the Tribute in Light will remain an annual observance in the city.
An American flag and roses pay tribute at the National September 11 Memorial.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013