By trying Ghailani in civilian courts, he was treated as the criminal that he is, not as a soldier. His sentencing represents both a practical and moral victory for justice, fundamental rights and the rule of law.
Many critics have pounced on the recent verdict against Ahmed Ghailani as a blow to the Obama administration's plans to prosecute the 9/11 defendants in civilian court. They have it wrong. The facts show that the administration is on the right track.
The stunning acquittal of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani on all but one of 284 counts was the first time a jury had not been cowed by the notion that to be accused of terrorism is tantamount to being guilty.