Biden Tries to Lecture Scott Brown on Military Tribunals

by Sal on February 15, 2010

in Law,Politics,War on Terror

Newly-elected Senator Scott Brown (R-MA; yes, it still feels good to say that) is involved in a war of words with the Obama Administration’s court jester, Vice President Joe Biden.  Joe Biden suggested on Face the Nation this weekend that Brown didn’t know what he was talking about when it came to military tribunals, stating that Brown must get his facts straight, and that defendants in a military tribunal get lawyers as well.  This was in response to this statement from Brown in which he attacked the administration over the use of military tribunals in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:

I’ve always felt that suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals and not civilian court, and as a matter of fact so do the majority of Americans.  The big difference is are we going to pay $1,000 an hour for a private attorney and treat him as a civilian or ordinary criminal in a criminal court, or are we going give him a military attorney who’s going to be paid as a captain, major or lieutenant colonel, and obviously go through the military tribunal process?

The Vice-President apparently missed the last part.  What is particularly insulting about Biden’s remarks is that Brown is part of the Massachusetts’ Army National Guard Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) office, which is the legal arm of the military.  Brown, in fact, is the chief defense attorney for the New England JAG.  Scott Brown knows what he is talking about, and the court jester is simply a buffoon.  Who would you trust – the man who wanted to split Iraq into three pieces, opposed the surge, and then tried to take credit for it, or the man who has served honorably and could easily be qualified as an expert in military law?  You tell me.

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