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.
New Yorkers who lived through 9/11 tend to feel a special role in the war on terror. We're silent witnesses to the worst that can happen. Unfortunately, the politicians who were there with us won't stop talking.
New York City was going to be the place where the man accused of organizing the 9/11 attack met American justice. Now, that's all over. And so, perhaps, is Obama's plan to end the Bush-era assault on the Constitution.