Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Terrorist "Rights" Case

This time it's Ahmed Ghailani, long-time Al Qaeda member, aide to Bin Laden, and apparent architect of the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.  

A judge was set to hear arguments from lawyers Monday before deciding if a terrorist bombing suspect's rights were violated when he was held for five years for questioning at Guantanamo Bay and in secret CIA-run camps abroad instead of being prosecuted promptly in a U.S. court.
Just once it would be nice to hear a judge actually stand up for the Constitution, and slap down the ridiculous and dangerous notion that a member of an alien terrorist organization at war with the U.S. has rights equivalent to a U.S. citizen. But that's unlikely to happen, even if his arguments are denied. Look at the words of Ghailani,
"I have been a victim of the "cruel enhanced interrogation" techniques, never afforded the right to remain silent nor the right to have an attorney," he wrote in a petition seeking freedom.
He and other terrorists have got to be laughing hysterically at the thought that there are actually people in the U.S. foolish enough to believe that he should have such rights, and that such arguments are actually entertained in court instead of being dismissed with the derisive laughter they deserve.

I'm sure the CIA agents who risked their lives to capture this guy are thrilled to know that U.S. lawyers are trying to set him free, by degrading the U.S. constitution and pretending as if he deserves the rights of a U.S. citizen. Hopefully in the future, any terrorists captured by the CIA will be conveniently shot while trying to escape, fall down flights of stairs and break their necks, or suffer other fatal "accidents," after all available intelligence has been extracted. 

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