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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is an Al Qaida terrorist. He took part in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings that killed hundreds of people. He was the first Gitmo detainee tried in civilian court, Attorney General Eric Holder's test case. Yesterday, Ghailani's trial in New York City ended. Ghailani was convicted on only one charge out of the 280 charges brought against him. He was not convicted of a single murder. He was convicted only of conspiracy to destroy property. This murdering son of a b*tch nearly went free because the Obama administration chose to try him in civilian court rather than the military tribunal system Congress approved to try international terrorists as enemy combatants. I sincerely hope this near disaster puts an end to the debate, and that Ghailani is the last high-level Gitmo detainee tried in civilian court.
Ghailani and his lawyers claimed Ghailani was an innocent dupe of Al Qaida operatives. Lest anyone should be tempted to believe that steaming pile, allow me to provide some background on this guy.
Ghailani was given explosives training by Al Qaida, and, according to the New York Times, the prosecution's evidence against Ghailani in the embassy bombings was as follows:
...the evidence showed that he helped to buy the Nissan Atlas truck that was used to carry the bomb, and gas tanks that were placed inside the truck to intensify the blast. He also stored an explosive detonator in an armoire he used, and his cellphone became the “operational phone” for the plotters before the attacks, prosecutors contended.
A key witness against Ghailani was excluded by the judge at trial, because the witness was uncovered while Ghailani was undergoing enhanced interrogation techniques (hey, I guess those interrogations DO work. Of course, we already knew that, despite what our liberal friends would have us believe). That witness was going to testify to this:
The witness, Hussein Abebe, would have testified that he had sold Mr. Ghailani the TNT used to blow up the embassy in Dar es Salaam, prosecutors told the judge, calling him “a giant witness for the government.”
The day before the embassy bombings, Ghailani and other Al Qaida operatives boarded a flight from Africa to Pakistan. Ghailani went to an Al Qaida training camp, and served as one of Osama bin Laden's bodyguards, along with others, including some of the 9/11 hijackers. Following that, he became a forger for Al Qaida.
Ghailani was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Terrorist List since that list was established in October 2001. There was a $5 million reward for his capture. Ghailani fought for the Taliban against U.S. forces, and was finally captured in Pakistan in 2004 after an eight-hour gun battle. He was transferred to a secret CIA prison overseas before being transferred to Gitmo.
Innocent dupe, my aunt fanny.
The DOJ's reaction to the Ghailani verdict ? Oh, they are "pleased".
Yeah. They're pleased. That's close to what I was thinking, except, rather than being pleased, I'm disgusted.
Note to the President - Leave Gitmo open until you can try the rest of the high-level terrorists in military tribunals there, where the tribunal courts have already been built. Once those terrorists are all dealt with, preferably via firing squad, then we can look at closing Gitmo. Stop screwing around. This isn't the time for partisan political games. This is national freaking security. This is war, and Al Qaida is the enemy. Al Qaida declared the war, not us. Let's treat them accordingly, instead of affording them all the Constitutional protections and rights granted to regular American citizens. Stop trying to be Miss Congeniality, and start acting like the Commander In Chief.