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Embassy Bomber Gets Civil Trial In NYC

From those champions of justice at the New York Times:

FBI webpage showing Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, said to be a top al Qaeda operative and one of the world’s most wanted men, who was in custody in Pakistan July 30, 2004 for his suspected role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Man Charged in ’98 Qaeda Bombing to Be Tried in N.Y.

By BRIAN KNOWLTON and WILLIAM GLABERSON
Published: May 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — A suspected al-Qaeda militant accused in the deadly 1998 bombings of American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya will be tried in a civilian court in New York, making him the first Guantánamo Bay detainee to face that treatment, the Justice Department said Thursday.

“By prosecuting Ahmed Ghailani in federal court, we will ensure that he finally answers for his alleged role in the bombing of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

The decision to try Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani in federal court on American soil stemmed directly from the review ordered by President Obama in January of the cases of all 240 terror suspects held at the Guantánamo detention center

Mr. Ghailani’s case is probably one of the easier one to bring to the forefront. He faces charges in a pre-Sept. 11 crime; no one charged with Sept. 11 crimes has yet been tried in an American civilian court. The case against him also appears well-developed. And New York City has experience with terrorist trials.

The indictment alleges that Mr. Ghailani helped purchase the Nissan truck and the oxygen and acetylene tanks used in the bombing of the United States embassy in Tanzania, and that he helped load boxes of TNT, cylinder tanks, detonators, fertilizer and other materials into the truck before the bombing.

He was captured in July 2004 and, in September 2006, transferred along with other “high value detainees” to Guantánamo Bay.

While he is the first Guantánamo detainee to be sent to the United States for trial, he is the second detainee under the Obama administration to be shifted to the civilian court system. Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri was taken from a South Carolina brig to Illinois and has already pleaded guilty without incident.

Here it comes, whether the citizenry or even the Congress wants it or not.

Mr. Ghailani’s case is probably one of the easier one to bring to the forefront. He faces charges in a pre-Sept. 11 crime; no one charged with Sept. 11 crimes has yet been tried in an American civilian court. The case against him also appears well-developed. And New York City has experience with terrorist trials.

Someone should inform the Solons at the New York Times that these are not the problems with giving terrorists civilian trials in the United States.

While he is the first Guantánamo detainee to be sent to the United States for trial, he is the second detainee under the Obama administration to be shifted to the civilian court system. Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri was taken from a South Carolina brig to Illinois and has already pleaded guilty without incident.

In case anyone wonders what The Times position is on trying terrorists in the US.

But again, that is not the point, is it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Embassy Bomber Gets Civil Trial In NYC”

  1. canary says:

    Associated Press: Official: Gitmo suspect to be sent to NY for trial
    By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON – A top al-Qaida suspect held at Guantanamo Bay will be sent to New York for trial, an Obama administration official said Wednesday, a major step in President Barack Obama’s plan to close the detention center by early next year…

    An official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to disclose the decision, told The Associated Press the administration has decided to bring Ghailani to trial in New York. He was indicted there for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa — attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. It was not immediately clear when the transfer would occur.

    Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was categorized as a high-value detainee by U.S. authorities after he was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and transferred to the detention center at the U.S. naval base in Cuba two years later.

    The official said the administration plans to announce Thursday morning that Ghailani will be brought to trial for the embassy attacks. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd declined to comment…

    Obama is scheduled to give a major speech addressing Guantanamo and national security Thursday morning.

    Trying Ghailani for the embassy attacks may help prosecutors avoid legal challenges surrounding Ghailani’s detention and treatment.

    U.S. authorities say he helped plan and deliver the explosives in the embassy attack, and later rose up through the al-Qaida ranks.

    He has denied knowing the TNT and oxygen tanks would be used to make a bomb. He also denied buying a vehicle used in the attack, saying he could not drive.

    Just before the embassy bombings, Ghailani flew to Pakistan.

    Last year, military prosecutors charged that after the 1998 bombings, Ghailani worked for al-Qaida as a document forger, trainer at a terror camp and bodyguard to Osama bin Laden.

    The Ghailani decision revives a long-dormant case charging bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders of plotting the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090521/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_guantanamo_detainee

    I heard that revengeful Obama (the afro-american one) would be at Gitmo Bay Thursday, so it would be great for him to bring his “homie” back unhandcuffed on AF1 to the White House. Show us how his criminal loving tactics work.

    A mother of a teen criminal told me to feel bad for her son, because he had ADD, OCD, & ODD. I said what’s ODD. Opposite Defiant Disorder. I told her you mean rebellion? Mayo Clinic came up with IED for road rage. 16 million suffer from Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
    Always count on BHO to mean the opposite. OH! I get it. 80 million. BHO should pay from his own pocket the millions to bring his “select” homie back.

  2. proreason says:

    Was he read hisMiranda rights?

    Does the glove fit? This sounds like pure racism to me.

    If he did it, what did we do to make him do it?

    Should he be released now with GPS ankle bracelets? The prisons are overcrowded.

    Who has the book rights? Has he been given a ghost writer yet?

    Where is Al Sharpton? This must be worth several million to him.

    Has anybody realized yet that putting him on trial instead of letting him go is a recruiting engine for Jihadists?

    We need to allocate money now for his education if he is convicted. And more money for a special Muslim reading room in the prison. And prayer rugs. And Korans. And special food. And does the prison system have enough Inmans to make him happy? We can’t let him be unhappy.

    • JohnMG says:

      I want him released into the general population of East-Central Missouri with a distinctive target tattooed on his forehead–no trial, no sentence–and an ‘I love Obama’ bumper sticker on a ’77 Chevy Vega. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    You know …..if I was a terrorist I’d laugh out loud and slap your face with the hand I wipe myself with.
    This is waaaaaaaaaay overboard!! Stop kissing this mans ass and strap him to ol’ sparky!! For the love of God………..stop this madness!!

    BOOM!!
    Justice is served!!

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    S’pose they’ll get the same judge as the pirate? .. o-blah-blah’s fugitive aunt?

    • JohnMG says:

      O-blah-blah’s fugitive aunt is a judge? When did he do that? Must’ve been the magic beans, but I didn’t realize he was smokin’ ’em!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Actually, John .. I meant ” … get the same judge as o-blah-blah’s fugitive aunt?”; but now that you mention it, with all the legal experience she’s gathering .. would it be far fetched for an o-blah-blah appointment?

      Hmmmm .. and there is a Supreme Court opening or two????? :-)

    • JohnMG says:

      Gotcha, MR. ;-} What this administration REALLY NEEDS is someone to administer a big dose of mineral oil to all of the Obamaphiles (especially ‘The Won’), followed by a hyper-innoculation of common sense. But don’t hold your breath. Aunt Zeituni is more likely to occupy Souter’s seat on the Supreme Court before that hapens.

  5. Confucius says:

    Great, just what we need. Another stupid reality-TV show . . . Mohammed’s Court.

  6. pdsand says:

    I guess he said, ‘I’ll talk to you in New York, after I get my lawyer’, and Obama said, ‘sounds good to me!’


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