New York (AP) – A lawyer asked a judge Monday to toss out charges against the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to civilian courts, saying he was tortured for 14 hours over five days and denied trial for nearly five years.
Attorney Peter Enrique Quijano told U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani’s right to a speedy trial was violated when he was sent after his July 2004 arrest to a secret CIA-run interrogation camp abroad rather than to the U.S. for a civilian trial.
Question: What was the most shocking, stunning thing that you found out of the review? And, Secretary, to you, as well.SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: I think, following up on that, not just the determination of al Qaeda and al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula, but the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack, as opposed to a large conspiracy or a multi-person conspiracy such as we saw in 9/11, that is something that affects intelligence.
You mean that the tactic of the “suicide bomber” surprised them?
I guess that’s not too surpising when you consider that our inteeligence agencies were taken by surprise by the the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of Hugo Chavez, pretty much anything the North Koreans do, the first WTC bombing, the embassy bombings, the USS Cole, Khobar Towers, 9/11, the lack of WMD in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance,…..pretty much any important development in the world in the past 50 years.
So, they didn’t see this coming? It probably would have been more surprising if they had.
“Nigeria expresses its disappointment and concern of the undeserved placement of Nigeria on the countries of interest list and views this action as having the potential of undermining longstanding and established U.S.-Nigeria bilateral ties,” said Information Minister Dora Akunyili.
What’re they going to do? Cut off the number of e-mails requesting help in getting $238 (two hundred and thirty eight) million dollars out of the bank account of a deceased uncle?
Okay. I guess we can live with that.
Canadian publishers are dumbfounded by new airport security measures that seem to forbid passengers from bringing books and magazines purchased pre-flight onto airplanes bound for the U.S.The measures, announced Dec. 28 by Transport Canada, permit Canadian passengers en route to the U.S. to carry on board “one or more” of 13 specified items. They include canes, cameras, laptop computers, musical instruments and “medical devices.”
However, books and magazines are not included among the permitted items. The situation has left Carolyn Wood, executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, “speechless, really. We’re used to governments fearing books for their content. But what is it here? Is it their explosive capability?”
The goal of the terrorist is do something that causes a panicked, ill-considered reaction that alienates the people.
I’d say this counts as a victory for the terrorists.
Following up on a visit from FBI officials about an eyewitness account first described to MLive.com, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell described the visit in comment sections across MLive on Wednesday.
Haskell and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam.
You can always spot things after the fact that should have given the whole thing away.
But so many, eight years after 9/11?
Even if you’re inclined to blame Bush, the election was over a year ago and Obama has been in office for almost a year.
Yeah, I know about the economy, the bailouts and unemployment. But all administrations have to be able to walk and chew gum. In fact, that was one of the selling points with Obama.
That’s the reason you have Cabinet Members and Under-secretaries, to insure that the bureaucrat drones are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Wasn’t that the whole point of the DHS and the National Director of Intelligence? Or was that just a butt-covering excuse to hire more bureaucratic drones to beef up the Public Employees Unions>
Geez Obama, it is part of your job to pick subordinates that insure follow through on your policies. Another part, which you obviously knew during the campaign, was to appear to be paying attention and assuring the public. That was a lesson that GWB and his staff never got. Reagan and Clinton did. They both knew when to bite a lip, shed a tear or stand up and ask for one for the Gipper.
Shit like this is gonna happen. What you gotta do is make sure that the failures are few and not the result of poor priorities.
Right now it’s 9/11 all over again. Same old failures, same old excuses and same old answers.
Just wait, there’s going to be another commission, another investigation and it will be discovered that there needs to be more bureaucracy, more lines, more restrictions on the public, but no matter what, no “profiling”.
It’s deja vue all over again.
A cushy Saudi Arabian “rehab” center where terrorists are encouraged to express themselves through crayon drawings, water sports and video games is under scrutiny after one of its graduates re-emerged as a leader in the al Qaeda branch claiming responsibility for trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas.
Said Ali al Shihri — a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who now heads the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — obviously didn’t get to the bottom of his America-hating issues while undergoing the controversial rehab for jihadists.
This just brings out the illogic of the whole forced rehab thing.
The people in the program can only be ‘rehabbed’ if they want to be.
If they are not inclined to be changed and are fairly bright, or just cunning, they can game the system. Just as thousands of drunks and addicts game the rehab system they are forced into.
As for the treatment? I shudder to think what constitutes “water sports” in an Islamic society.
Iowahawk Special Guest Opinion
by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
Yesterday while I was lying in the burn ward getting my crotch bandages changed, I had a chance to catch the air disaster movie marathon on TCM. The lineup included “Zero Hour,” “The High and the Mighty,” “Skyjacked,” and “Airport ’75.” For all their campy fun and unintentional laughs, those corny old films really serve as a grim reminder how the whole in-flight terror experience has gone completely downhill since the jet set golden years of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. What happened to all those pretty stewardesses and polite, well dressed infidels, screaming as the plane plummeted to the ground? Time was, a suicide mission to explode an international jumbo jet was an event full of glamor and excitement; but now it seems to be a endless series of delays, hassles, pushy jerks and third-degree testicular chemical burns. And don’t even get me started on the crappy airline food.
WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials.
Several former Blackwater guards said that their involvement in the operations became so routine that the lines supposedly dividing the Central Intelligence Agency, the military and Blackwater became blurred. Instead of simply providing security for C.I.A. officers, they say, Blackwater personnel at times became partners in missions to capture or kill militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, a practice that raises questions about the use of guns for hire on the battlefield.
Is this another attempt to delegitimatize Blackwater yet again, another attempt to conjure up reasons to prosecute CIA as enemies of the State, or is it just another smokescreen to keep from reporting that ACORN has been caught with their pants down again?
Probably some of each. Blackwater staff is mostly retired U.S. Military personnel, including Special Ops people and the NYT editorial board hates military people. They often complain about the close relationship between Blackwater and the CIA on the weekend around the pool at their Hamptons estates.
They also hate the CIA. Not the Valerie Plame, Leon Panetta CIA, but the part that goes out and does the risky business of gathering info and running up covert ops. They have hated Covert Op people since the CIA exploding cigar failed to kill Castro for JFK. (That was before they discovered that Fidel was one on the great humanitarians of the century.)
And they need to come up with stories that take up space and draw attention to the fact that, not only were they caught suppressing the ACORN under-aged illegal immigrant prostitute story, but they are determinedly trying not to report that fact that ACORN illegally dumped the private financial records of thousands of people after being tipped off by the California AG that they were going to be raided the next day.
ACORN is one of the groups that seems to have the same relationship with the Democrat Party that Blackwater has with the CIA.