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This should have been an easy call. There are a zillion lawyers in New York with no conflicts of interest that would bear on Abu Ghaith’s case. You simply tell the defendant to find one of them to represent him and, if he cannot, that the court will assign an unconflicted lawyer at taxpayer expense. But no … Judge Kaplan instead has decided to allow Abu Ghaith to retain Cohen, reasoning that any “potential conflicts” have been “knowingly and voluntarily waived.”

After learning of the ruling, Cohen crowed, “A large population in the world does not believe that in this day and age Abu Ghaith can ever receive justice in a courtroom in New York City. Granting his request to proceed to trial with counsel of his choice is the first step.” This is ridiculous. First, the federal courts are obliged to serve the American people, not “a large population of the world”; the American people have a right to a just, efficient trial under the normal rules — not to have a judge roll the dice and risk the necessity of a second trial just so we can hope to impress “a large population of the world” that does not believe American courts administer justice. Second, even if we were in the business of such symbolism, it doesn’t work. One of the top items on the Islamic-supermacist grievance agenda is the imprisonment of the Blind Sheikh (Omar Abdel Rahman, whom I prosecuted in the early-to-mid nineties). The fact that he was given a civilian trial with scrupulous adherence to due process protections and is being held, not at Gitmo, but in a civilian prison that ministers fastidiously to his various medical needs matters not a wit to the people Cohen would have us impress. They still riot and commit other atrocities to try to extort his release and repatriation to Egypt.

Judge Kaplan, it should be noted, presided over the last big al Qaeda trial in the SDNY, the 2010 case against Ahmed Ghailani for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In that case, Judge Kaplan refused to permit the government to call its most important witness. Ghailani ended up being acquitted on 284 of 285 counts — although he was sentenced to life-imprisonment on the single count of conviction, so the Obama Justice Department puts that one in the win column in its campaign to return us to the pre-9/11 days of treating all terrorist atrocities as crimes rather than acts of war.

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The assignment of a lawyer like this to the defendant is explicable in either of three ways: 1.) The judge genuinely believes that the negative view the public overwhelmingly holds toward Al Qaeda makes it hard for the defendant to get a fair trial or 2.) The judge that allowed this flake lawyer to represent the defendant is in basic sympathy with Al Qaeda’s stated aim of world Islamic supremacy or 3.) The judge is too stupid for words to adequately describe and God help us if there are too many more like him out there.
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Why the combatants haven't all been shot for being out of uniform in a war zone is beyond me.

(radical) Islam delenda est
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Not good! These are not 7-Eleven robbers.
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What a treasure you are, Andrew. You know where all the bodies are buried.
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Watching the overreach of Progressivism crumble on numerous fronts simultaneously is something to behold indeed.

The RICH part is observing the left sit-n-spin as they try and collectively (pun intended) deflect the ever growing chorus of scandals rocking the administration. And now the left has to deal with older roosters finally coming home to roost.

The next collection of shoes likely to drop will be a stampede of people jostling to turn states evidence (aka whistle-blowing) in an attempt to secure some level of protection while the currency of their knowledge still retains value.


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Meanwhile back at the ranch we have a tried and true "enemy combatant" that is a free man, continuing his political and financial jihad against the U.S.A. -
Democratic Representative Hakim Muhammed aka Keith Ellison. According to Breitbart News, "DEM REP INTRODUCES TAX PLAN TO MAKE WALL STREET TRADES 'LESS PROFITABLE'." So, the Muslim Brotherhood CAIR and their operatives are STILL being allowed to operate and punish America from within. This is the same exact MO that Nidal Hasan and Ghaith are using - wasting taxpayers dollars, delaying justice so as to buy time to prosthelytize. No wait, it's what Obama and Holder are doing too!!
While we are distracted by bombardments of deception and injustices - the MB in the U.S.A. continues its jihad against us in lock-step with this current administration. Tell me I'm wrong.

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and Jimmy,
Soon we may find out the real reason why Benghazi happened.
Why Stevens was at a compound with no securty force. Why the demonstrators blew a hole in the security wall and did not enter the compound immediately. Why Stevens and a single aid were on the roof of the compound with no weapons when the exSeals arrived through the hole in the compound wall. Why after the exSeals got weapons on site and started shooting, Stevens disappeared and he did not go back into the lower part of the building for security. No, he went into a upper room all by himself and that is where the demonstrators found him and took him to the Libyan hospital where he died. Why did they look in that dark upstairs room for Stevens. Was this incident all just a sham to kidnap Stevens and trade him for the Blind Sheikh to get Obama a better position on the election. Were Obama and crew not sure of the IRS and the Dead person vote to get him back in office??
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Would this have gone any differently if obama is a closet muslim?
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The U.S. Army is very good at trying any who question their Dear Leader's natural born status, or lack of same, and in a manner that would put a Kangaroo Court to shame, but when it comes to trying Muslims they just pee their pants.
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The military (U.S. Army) can't even muster up enough to try U.S. Army Major Allah Akbar who killed 13 on a U.S. Army base, and they are still paying him thousands a month. A civilian court could hardly do any worse.
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The assignment of a lawyer like this to the defendant is explicable in either of three ways: 1.) The judge genuinely believes that the negative view the public overwhelmingly holds toward Al Qaeda makes it hard for the defendant to get a fair trial or 2.) The judge that allowed this flake lawyer to represent the defendant is in basic sympathy with Al Qaeda’s stated aim of world Islamic supremacy or 3.) The judge is too stupid for words to adequately describe and God help us if there are too many more like him out there.
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The Obama administration will never stop trying to buy sympathy from the Muslim world with its actions that undermine the nation's security and defense. I think his entire view of the Muslim world is based on a childhood memory of the call to prayer as "the prettiest sound in the world", and he absolutely refuses to see it any other way.
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and who is paying for all this legal defense. YOu got it, you and me.

Personally I wish they would try to break into an NRA member's home and for the cost of a couple bullets, we could save all these costs. These costs which only seem like make work programs for lawyers.
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barry;
You got the right idea!
Get yourself a law degree! You can just argue them to death with your pusillanimous drivel.
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