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Bowling Green rejects hysterics about terrorist trial

Congratulations to Bowling Green Mayor Joe Denning and city commissioners Bill Waltrip and Brian "Slim" Nash. They showed more wisdom than Kentucky's senior senator on where to try two Iraqis caught in an FBI sting and charged with terrorism.

Saying the judiciary should decide where to hold trials, the mayor and two commissioners defeated a resolution urging that the trial be moved from Bowling Green.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has politicized the investigation and prosecution by insisting it would be too dangerous to hold the trial in Bowling Green and calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to move the accused to Guantanamo in Cuba for military prosecution.

More than 400 accused terrorists have been successfully prosecuted in U.S. courts since 9/11 with no retaliatory attacks, while the military tribunals at Guantanomo have convicted just six terrorists. (One of the six, Osama bin Laden's driver, is now free and believed to be in Yemen.)

The Associated Press reports that only two citizens asked to speak before the Bowling Green commission's 3-2 decision Tuesday night. Both of them urged keeping the trial in Bowling Green. So much for a groundswell of opposition.

We had a feeling people in Bowling Green were too smart to be taken in by McConnell's politically motivated hysterics.

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