You think this has nothing to do with the upcoming election? Then why, after warehousing "enemy combatants" (or whatever the administration is calling them today) for the last six years without a single trial, have trials (perhaps including death penalty trials) become a sudden priority?Perhaps it's a fear the new government might let these terrorists go if this drags past the election?
Seriously, there might be some timing aspect of these trials but let's remember, the administration didn't want trials at all. If anything the timing should remind Americans of the threats we face--threats that some Democrats have increasingly called "fearmongering" with each passing day free from attack.
But c'mon, TChris, the Democrats have been timing testimony in Congress since they entered session in early 2007. Just recently they timed a release of an add-on to the Phase II intelligence report to once again suggest that Bush lied about Iraq by quoting him in the media (even though it shows the committee chairman also lied as well). No question we'll see more of this hard work from Congress through early November, until Obama comes in and "changes" Washington to solid liberal.
Yet for some reason the story of Toni Locy has not excited our House and Senate watchdogs, despite the fact that Bush Justice Department Officials are accused of leaking information and despite the fact Hollywood traditionally loves stories about defiant reporters refusing to give up sources. Maybe it's because John McCain has already put his name on a potential shield law. Or maybe they're afraid of something else.