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KSM’s Prison Communiqués: Enemy Combatants Back to Being Criminal Defendants

January 16th, 2014 - 10:05 am

More importantly, from the federal prison where he was (and is) serving the life sentence imposed after his terrorism convictions, the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, called for attacks against the United States. Later, Osama bin Laden publicly credited him with issuing the “fatwa” (the edict under Islamic law) that approved the 9/11 attacks. You read that correctly: the 9/11 attacks were pre-approved by a fatwa issued from federal prison. Subsequently, the Blind Shiekh’s lawyer, Lynne Stewart, was convicted of material support to terrorism for transmitting his messages to his Egyptian terrorist organization (Gama’at al-Islamia or “the Islamic Group”).

In March 2005, NBC News reported that the jihadists convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993, despite being incarcerated in the “super-max” high-security federal prison in Colorado, had been permitted to correspond with a terror cell in Madrid — and one even got a letter to al-Quds, a popular Arabic newspaper, proclaiming, “Osama bin Laden is my hero of this generation.” Nice vetting job, no? Spanish officials found that the letters from the imprisoned American terrorists were used to recruit jihadists in Spain, and that people on the receiving end of the correspondence were complicit in acts of terrorism.

Remarkably, opponents of military commissions like Mr. Swift (my aforementioned co-guest on The Kelly File) contend that the public dissemination of KSM’s meanderings would not have happened if, as the antiwar Left has demanded and as the Obama Justice Department desired, he and other enemy combatants were imprisoned and prosecuted in the civilian federal court system. Note that the examples I’ve cited all involve terrorists convicted in civilian court and incarcerated in the high-security precincts of the civilian prison system. The pre-clearance analysis of terrorist correspondence there is no better than it is at Gitmo.

Still, the revelation that jihadist correspondence is being enabled at Gitmo is worse because it further confirms a governmental retreat from the post-9/11 war paradigm. In the 2008, then-candidate Obama campaigned against this Bush-era counterterrorism strategy; once in office, however, he found that it was popular — the general public, unlike the Lawyer Left, did not want Gitmo closed, did not want KSM & Co. given the gold-plated due process of civilian court, did not want alien terrorists trying to kill Americans given American constitutional rights, and did not want to go back to the failed Clinton approach of fighting jihadist bombs with subpoenas. Thus, knowing the 2012 election was in front of him, President Obama left almost all of President Bush’s strategy intact.

Now, it is being gradually dismantled. Gitmo is being emptied by transferring terrorists back to countries where they can return to violent, anti-Western jihad. American combat forces, already suicidally hamstrung by unconscionable rules of engagement, are being withdrawn from Afghanistan even as the Taliban moves back in. Al Qaeda is ascendant in Iraq and across North Africa. And, while KSM’s military commission appears to be headed to trial (I’ll believe it when I see it), other 9/11 prosecutions have been shifted to federal court in Manhattan. The Left has substantially succeeded in eviscerating the distinction between enemy combatants and criminal defendants.

When you go back to pre-9/11 methods, you are asking for pre-9/11 results. And on that score, the jihad is known to be very accommodating.

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Who OK'd this pig's letter being mailed out? Who is responsible for this? Whoever it is ...they are the real enemy of the USA.
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Treating Islamic terrorism like crime will have predictable results. He saw it before in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001.

That period includes the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (6 dead, 1,042 injured), the 1998 attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (223 dead, 4,085 injured), and the October 22, 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen (17 dead, 39 injured), all of which were attacked by Islamic terrorists and are considered under international law to be "US ground sovereign soil." Although not considered "US ground sovereign soil," the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers housing American military personnel in Saudi Arabia (20 dead, 372 injured), also occurred during the Clintons occupation of the White House. Absolutely nothing was done about any of those attacks. The result? 09/11/2001

The entire function of Obama's attempt to treat the Islamic terrorism as a crime is to create the perception of American weakness. In the Islamic mindset weakness is not simply something to be taken advantage of but something that must be utterly destroyed to improve humanity. By projecting weakness Obama is actually instigating more attacks. He was raised in muslim schools. He knows this.
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44 weeks ago
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When all U.S. forces are out of both Iraq and Afghanistan both of those countries will have to stand up on their own and IMO are not ready to or capable of doing so. That, in turn, creates a power vacuum which the Jihadists, regardless of their brand, will be more then happy to fill. So it's back to square one only with many thousands of Americans killed and many more thousands wounded. 0bama and his acolytes will call it a victory and so the war on terrorism will continue
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What's the problem? Obama doesn't even let people be taken prisoner any more. He's killed far more people with drones than Bush ever did; their families too. There's well over 2,000 people Obama's murdered who wish they'd been taken to Gitmo - even 7 yr. old terrorists. Like "Ender's Game," some day someone will tell Obama it's not a video game.
44 weeks ago
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I don't understand you, Fail Burton. Sometimes you almost seem to have cogent thoughts.

Assuming most of the "2,000 people Obama's murdered" aren't 7 year old children, how are you in a position to determine murder? You aren't.

If it's war, it's "killing the enemy", which is distinctly different from murder.
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