This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," November 14, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
PAUL GIGOT, HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," the War on Terror comes home again. Lessons from the Fort Hood massacre.
And the Obama administration says the mastermind of 9/11 to stand trial in, believe it or not, a New York criminal court.
And health care reform and the abortion uproar. Is the Stupak Amendment really a pro-life victory? And how big a role will the issue play in the Senate debate to come.
Plus, bailouts for newspapers? Why your favorite daily may soon be getting a helping hand from the government.
Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report," I'm Paul Gigot.
Military prosecutors announced late this week that that they will charge Fort Hood shooting suspect Major Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder. The charges come as investigators try to piece together the circumstances surrounding the Texas military base and whether key warning signs were ignored, including e-mail exchanges between Hasan and a radical cleric in Yemen, who knew three of the September 11th hijackers and who has advocated jihad against the United States.
And in a stunning change in the legal war on terror, the Obama administration announced we'll try the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and four other enemy combatants at Guantanamo in a court in New York City. What's behind this decision and is it possible they could be acquitted?
Joining the panel this week, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor, Dan Henninger; editorial board member, Dorothy Rabinowitz; and columnist Bill McGurn.
So, Dorothy, was Hasan a terrorist, really a terrorist hiding in plain sight and why didn't people see that?
DOROTHY RABINOWITZ, EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER: Well, the last question first. Yes, he was apparently. Everything in his life that pointed to this. He said outrageous things at long lectures and the response was, we have to let him do his things.
GIGOT: This was at a presentation at Walter Reed Medical Hospital.
RABINOWITZ: At Walter Reed. And then people sent him, to of all things, school. They thought if they sent him to a university lecture place, he would be responsible to all of this. He carried a card that said, "Soldier of Islam," we now discover. He seethed at hatred at the war.
GIGOT: People are seeing all of this. Why didn't anybody blow the whistle?
RABINOWITZ: Look, what's really happened is Americans are not going to forget this happened. Cowardice prevented anyone from interfering. That is the only word to use. You have to drop political correctness.
GIGOT: Cowardice on whose part? Inside the military?
RABINOWITZ: On the part of the military as well as all of his superiors. You could not say — there's a woman in charge there that wouldn't give her name to a reporter, who said, you know, we cannot simply allow people who are different to be picked on. Now, that difference...
GIGOT: That's political correctness and a diversity ideology, I guess.
RABINOWITZ: Yes, it's political — those are the words, but the real animating feeling is cowardice.
GIGOT: Cowardice, why, because they're shirking their jobs for their careers?