The lesson of Ghailani's trial fiasco

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/18/al-qaida-terrorism

    The lesson of Ghailani's trial fiasco:

    Al-Qaida declared war on the US in 1998, so let's not be moral idiots: try their combatants in Guantánamo, not civilian courts

    On Wednesday, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first Guantánamo detainee to be tried in civilian court in New York, was acquitted of all but one charge, that of conspiracy for his role in jihadist terror bombings in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, which killed 224 people. His acquittal is the first poisonous fruit of Obama's policy of treating acts of war as law enforcement issues. It also shows what is wrong with doing so.

    Apparently, the evidence charging him with 224 counts of murder could not be used in court, because "coercive" techniques were used to get information from him. The jury did find him guilty of "conspiracy to destroy government buildings". So, the al-Qaida terrorist killed 224 people and he's guilty of… destruction of public property?

    This is a serious setback for the US – another breathtaking failure on the part of the Obama administraton, yet again putting Americans and national security at risk.
     
  2. HankD

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    PC apologists are claiming he will receive a life sentence for the conspiracy charge.

    That remains to be seen, plus, what does a "life sentence" mean?

    Seven years of ease, 3 hots (Sharia Law diet) and a cot, free medical and dental, cable TV, oh and don't forget a free Quran and prayer rug all at the infidel's expense.

    What's the Al-Qaida message to potential recruits?

    Mass murder in the name of your god and the infidels will give you a seven year all expense paid Sharia compliant holiday (with medical and dental and several other perks).

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    #2 HankD, Nov 21, 2010
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