Andrew Sullivan, below, loves the fact that the KSM criminal trial will also reveal the torture tactics of Bush/Cheney. The reason why the left celebrates the decision is because in their own warped way of thinking, the 9/11 terrorists and the CIA alleged torturers are both "evil doers" who must be brought to justice.
From my view on the Stoop, it seems pretty twisted.
But what an open civilian case will also do - and it's why a war criminal like John Yoo is so apoplectic - is reveal the extent to which the brutal torture of KSM was unnecessary, and led to the government's inability to prosecute him to the full extent of the law.
It will be a civic lesson to America and the world. It will show the evil of terrorism and the futility and danger of torture. It will be a way in which Cheney's torture regime can be revealed in all its grotesque excess at the same time as KSM's vile religious extremism is exposed for its murderous nihilism. That all this will take place in New York - close to where the mass murder took place - is a particularly smart touch.-Andrew Sullivan