“The people are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.” - Abraham Lincoln

Eric Holder, Attorney General, in his November 2009 announcement assured the American people that the maximum punishment would be asked for the 911 conspirators. He also stressed that his prosecutors would seek the Death Penalty. This ‘political circus’ could have been avoided if the wellbeing of the American people had been the number one priority. Instead Obama’s agenda of closing Guantanamo was the driving force. He has not been able to deliver to his most radical supporters the closing of ‘Gitmo’. He underestimated the security risk he would be taking by closing the facility that houses the one hundred and seventy-four detainees still there even though the Bush Administration briefed his administration on the situation.

The planning for the proposed trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) has been a total disaster. The venue which was set for New York City last year did not happen due to the opposition by the people and Senator Charles Schulmer-D and Congressman Pete King-R. At this date there is not a trial in sight and KSM will remain at Gitmo. The other 9/11 terrorists, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi are still being detained in Gitmo with no viable plan of closing the facility. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg remains an enigma because he agreed to the trial of KSM in New York City and has pushed for the ground zero mosque, but is heading to Washington DC to persuade senators to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani the ‘alleged’ bomber of the Kenya and Tanzania American Embassies in 1998 is being tried in a Manhattan federal court. The bombings killed 224 people including 12 Americans. Ghailani’s defense lawyers did their job of preventing the admission of damaging evidence against him. The witness, clothing, cell phone and forensic evidence were all challenged by the defense. Defense lawyer Peter Quijano in closing remarks even went so far as to say that Ghailani was ‘innocent’ and was able to say to the jurors, “proof is almost nonexistent”. Great work by the defense! Pity though, Ghailani will remain in prison for life even if acquitted. So this was the ‘political circus’ Obama planned.

Yesterday a juror asked to be excused from the trial because she felt that she was being attacked. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected her request. So now we wait while the 12 jurors deliberate the verdict. The verdict must be unanimous. A mistrial would cost the taxpayers time and money and definitely not serve as a good example for the first Guantanamo detainee tried in federal court. The closing of Guantanamo, KSM’s vanishing trial and the possibility of losing Ghailani’s case will prove once again that Obama can not deliver.


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed TRIBUNAL HEARING

The Detainees - 9/11

From the top: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Walid bin Attash.

The Show Trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

Jacob Sullum | October 7, 2010

Yesterday the judge in the trial of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the former Guantanamo inmate who is accused of participating in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, ruled that federal prosecutors may not use a witness who was identified through Ghailanis coerced statements. The government says the witness was prepared to testify that he sold Ghailani the TNT used to blow up the embassy in Tanzania. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan concluded that the testimony was too closely tied to information the CIA obtained from Ghailani while holding him at a secret prison where he says he was tortured.


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Let this be a lesson of what will surely happen if the 9-11 prisoners are ever brought here for a civilian trial!  The second they set foot on American soil, they will be afforded the same rights and guarantees as all of us are.  Once this happens, all they have to do is claim they were tortured for their confessions and, consequently, the confessions will be immediately thrown out and they will be allowed to walk free so they can try again!  They are military prisoners, NOT civilian.  Let them be tried in a military court, OUTSIDE in United States.  I don't exactly know what Eric Holder's objective is on this, but he needs to be replaced immediately!  Could this be a way that Obama is helping his Muslim brothers...don't know, but we can't allow this to happen!

Thank you for your honest assessment of what we face as a nation.


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