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Clinton Pal Orders Release Of Terrorist

From a context free Associated Press:

In this photo taken Sunday, June 14, 2009 Former Guantanamo detainees Khelil Mamut, right, and Salahidin Abdulahat, take a swim on the shore of Bermuda.

Judge orders release of Guantanamo detainee

By Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer – Mon Mar 22

WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the 9/11 commission report as a significant al-Qaida operative who provided advice to three of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

The ruling in favor of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi was disclosed Monday in a two-sentence court entry.

Two sentences!

U.S. District Judge James Robertson will issue a written decision at a later date explaining his reasons for granting the detainee’s petition.

How kind of him.

The detainee remains at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Obama administration could appeal Robertson’s order.

Why would Mr. Obama or  Mr. Holder object to the release of a notoriously dangerous terrorist? They probably ‘high-fived’ each other when they heard this news.

Even if the administration were to decide against appealing, Salahi would remain at Guantanamo until U.S. diplomats found a nation willing to accept him.

The 9/11 Commission report says Salahi was known to U.S. and German intelligence a decade ago and living in Germany when he gave instructions to four men about how to reach Afghanistan to train for jihad.

Three of the men later became Sept. 11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and Marwan al Shehhi. The fourth was Ramzi Binalshibh, who helped coordinate the 9/11 plot and who now faces trial.

Salahi was arrested in his home country of Mauritania late in 2001.

Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, a former military prosecutor who prosecuted terrorism planners and financiers for the Marine Corps for three years, has said Salahi was one of the men he was assigned to prosecute.

Couch told a University of Georgia audience last year that he discovered interrogators had obtained much of the evidence against Salahi through torture and refused to press charges.

Couch said he tried to resign, but was told he would be demoted to captain and sent into combat in Iraq if he quit. He dropped the Salahi case and stayed on as a prosecutor until his assignment ended, when he was named an appellate judge.

Never mind that none other than Mr. Couch himself told the Wall Street Journal in 2007 that “of the cases I had seen, [Slahi] was the one with the most blood on his hands.”

And isn’t it odd how the Associated Press neglected to mention that?

Indeed, the AP also somehow managed to omit any background on the judge who issued this preposterous and dangerous order.

For the record, Judge James Robertson was appointed a United States District Judge by Bill Clinton in 1994, and he made an early career out of protecting the Clintons.

For instance, Judge Robertson threw out Ken Starr’s charges against the Clintons’ bag man and fall guy, Web Hubbell. And he has protected many other Clinton cronies over the years.

More recently, Mr. Robertson blocked the release of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s phone records from FOIA requests.

More to the point, however, Mr. Robertson is also the same heroic judge who resigned from the FISA court in a self-righteous hissy fit protest.

He also summarily released 30 other terrorists detainees last November.

More importantly perhaps, Judge Robertson is the also same legal hero who begat the Hamdan ruling, when he demanded that foreign combats should receive habeas corpus rights.

But why should the AP bother its readers with such meaningless details?

Like Mr. Robertson, the AP knows its priorities.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Clinton Pal Orders Release Of Terrorist”

  1. Mithrandir

    Like I said, politics is ALL backscratching. If you want the ‘mob’ to bail you out of a tough spot, or reward you and your family sweet government jobs or appointments, you need to gain your points within the party. Not going to run that hit piece ordered by the local Democratic commissar? — we are keeping score.

    Need the media to ignore your brother’s drunk driving charge while you run for office? How many points do you have? What have you done for us lately? Did you donate money? Did you recruit and rally your troops when called?

    When the need arises, the Dems have judges, lawyers, prosecutors, media hit-men, readily available pitchfork/torch wielding protesters on hand, activists to file lawsuits, or whatever thuggery is needed to get it done. . . depending on how reliable you are. -And they are keeping score…

  2. canary

    So, our fears were correct. Obama planned along to release his muslim brothers, and Robertson has set the bar. The terrorists are trained to accuse abuse & torture when captured.


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