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First Gitmo Detainee Arrives In The US

From a forgetful Associated Press:

A US soldier stands guard in front of the bombed US embassy in Tanzania in 1998.

Justice Dept.: 1st Gitmo detainee arrives in US

By Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

The department said Ahmed Ghailani arrived in the early morning hours Tuesday. U.S. Marshals took custody of Ghailani from his military jailers and brought him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Ghailani is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday.

"With his appearance in federal court today, Ahmed Ghailani is being held accountable for his alleged role in the bombing of U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and the murder of 224 people," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release. "The Justice Department has a long history of securely detaining and successfully prosecuting terror suspects through the criminal justice system, and we will bring that experience to bear in seeking justice in this case." …

The move was criticized by House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who called it "the first step in the Democrats’ plan to import terrorists into America."

Ghailani was indicted in 1998 for the al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks which killed more than 224 people, including 12 Americans.

U.S. officials charge Ghailani began his terrorist career on a bicycle delivering bomb parts and rose through the al-Qaida ranks to become a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden.

Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was in his twenties when prosecutors say he helped terrorists build one of the bombs that destroyed U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

He left Africa just before the bombings, according to investigators.

After the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Ghailani worked for al-Qaida as a document forger, trainer at a terror camp and bodyguard to bin Laden, according to military prosecutors.

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

Since his capture, Ghailani has denied knowing that the TNT and oxygen tanks he delivered would be used to make a bomb. He also denied buying a vehicle used in one of the attacks, saying he could not drive.

Now, the Obama administration is trying to put him into the U.S. criminal justice system, despite claims by Republican critics that doing so would endanger American lives. Some lawmakers have opposed bringing any Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. for trial, even in heavily guarded settings.

Last month, President Barack Obama said that preventing Ghailani from coming to U.S. soil "would prevent his trial and conviction. And after over a decade, it is time to finally see that justice is served, and that is what we intend to do."

The decision to try Ghailani in New York also revives a long-dormant case charging bin Laden and top al-Qaida leadership with plotting the embassy attacks that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands, including many who were blinded by shards of flying glass. The attacks prompted then-President Bill Clinton to launch cruise missile attacks two weeks later on bin Laden’s Afghan camps.

Four other men have been tried and convicted in the New York courthouse for their roles in the embassy attacks. All were sentenced to life in prison.

In the long tradition of despotic thugs everywhere, this is presented to the great unwashed as a fait accompli.

And the American people – and even Harry Reid and the US Senate – be damned.

Now, the Obama administration is trying to put him into the U.S. criminal justice system, despite claims by Republican critics that doing so would endanger American lives.

Of course this is not the only objection. But the Associated Press can’t be bothered to note any of the others.

Such as how putting foreign terrorists into our criminal justice system will give them all of the rights of a US citizen.

Last month, President Barack Obama said that preventing Ghailani from coming to U.S. soil "would prevent his trial and conviction. And after over a decade, it is time to finally see that justice is served, and that is what we intend to do."

Of course this is a boldfaced lie, as nothing would prevent Mr. Ghailani from being tried by a military tribunal down in Guantanamo, as was originally planned.

But none of this should be any surprise.

Mr. Holder’s law firm even did pro bono work for the Guantanamo detainees and their champions.

Something no Congressmen or anyone in our one party media even bothered to mention during his confirmation.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “First Gitmo Detainee Arrives In The US”

  1. Kilmeny says:

    What? No tickertape parade?

  2. Odie44 says:

    From AP via Yahoo:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_guantanamo_terror_trial

    Well, now isn’t that “interesting???”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “It was without my knowledge what they were doing but I helped anyway.”
      Good … a confession!!
      Can we end his miserable life now before they want to book him on Larry King?

  3. caligirl9 says:

    When will the green cards or “visitor’s visas” be given to this terrorist’s family so they can attend and be supportive during his trial? And by family I mean spouse, parents, aunts and uncles and cousins, friends, pets, livestock, etc.?

    What brilliant gov’ment program will this terrorist’s family (and others to be moved onto U.S. soil) be eligible for while they are here being supportive? Will TOTUS’ administration build a Ronald McDonald house-type facility for terrorists’ families to stay in so they can be near the prison and court facilities?

    Finally, what type of assistance will these families be given to help them assimilate into the American way of life? And what rehab program will be offered to these convicted terrorists to help them become productive members of society once they are released?

    (You all know I am saying this in my sarcastic voice, right?)

  4. Howard Roark says:

    Some Ron Kuby-type of American lawyer will be itching to make a name for himself by defending this enemy combatant. Throw in an all anti-Bush/GOP jury, and you’ve got the story of how a future bombing/biohazard attack will kill untold Americans.

  5. canary says:

    Finally, those quran SOS Sharia extremist terrorists Obama hired to work the courts will have something to do. Since, they believe convert or kill, they will free him based on freedom of religion. We really need to build more prisons.

  6. Petronius says:

    GITMO and the military commissions are among the few things American that are still functioning properly. Hence they must be destroyed.

  7. neocon mom says:

    This terrorist who committed an act of war against our country should not be given the benefits of our criminal justice system. The discovery process will inevitably hand valuable info to our enemies. But we didn’t even need that for Bamster to reveal our enhanced interrogation techniques to the whole world.
    What he’s doing is so unbelievable that I really (hope I’m wrong) don’t think enough Americans will catch on until we are fighting an insurgency in our own streets.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Since his capture, Ghailani has denied knowing that the TNT and oxygen tanks he delivered would be used to make a bomb.”

    I mean c’mon .. the TNT and oxygen tanks I dropped off at gramma’s this afternoon aren’t going to be bombs either. She’s clearing a little bit of the garden, ya know.

    And that car I buried for my auntie .. she was just all done with it.

    (rolling my freaking eyes)

    • neocon mom says:

      “Since his capture, Ghailani has denied knowing that the TNT and oxygen tanks he delivered would be used to make a bomb.”

      Maybe he was educated in our public school system.

  9. BatK says:

    So if I have this straight, people who want to kill Americans are A.O.K. and per the speech in Cairo need to be DEFENDED by our President (since apparently part of his job entails making sure we believe what the Muslims would have us believe about Islam instead of what it ACTUALLY is), but anyone who supports America, Israel, or anything that doesn’t involve baby killing and tree hugging is a “right wing extremist” and a “danger” to our society. Huh, WHA??? The only way you can SUPPORT the “rights” of a terrorist is to share their ultimate agenda. Hard to garner much sympathy for the people who make it their avowed hope to kill you.


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