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Why Is a 9/11 Plotter Being Severed From the Military Commission Trial?

July 25th, 2014 - 3:14 pm

It is hard to fathom how so unlikely a conflict could provoke a severance that would call for multiple trials in a complex case that has already been delayed for years. It is at least equally hard to rationalize a severance based on mental incompetence under circumstances where the defendant is neither claiming mental incompetence nor seeking a severance. Federal law presumes that defendants who are indicted together in the same conspiracy should be tried together – a practice that saves time and resources while avoiding the potential scandal of inconsistent verdicts and the unfair advantage otherwise attained by the later-tried defendants (who, unlike their co-conpirators, get a complete preview of the prosecution’s case before having to defend against it). In big complex conspiracy cases, judges usually take great pains to avoid granting a severance, even when defendants are demanding one.

It is no secret that the Obama administration detests military commissions. Attorney General Holder has been unseemly in disparaging the military justice system by publicly complaining that the 9/11 case should be in civilian court even as military prosecutors struggle to proceed. The families of many of the victims understandably suspect that the administration is sabotaging the commission behind the scenes. Unless there is a better explanation for severing Binalshibh, which would cause even more months or years of delay, those suspicions will intensify.

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During the Barbary wars, which the US prosecuted successfully more than 200 years ago, the Islamic pirates of the time were vanquished, and signed a treaty by which they would no longer extract bribes on western ships traffic round the Coast of North Africa. The treaty held. President Jefferson, without congressional support, had quietly set up the special expedition that defeated the islamic pirates. This precedent set the example for the eventual creation of the US marines, with support from congress, only after this exemplary victory. This was presidential leadership in action.

Now King Caboose the First is in charge, and we can't even prosecute the captured terrorists!
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Slippery slope here. As all Islamist terrorists are certifiably insane, the insanity defense should not be allowed. Otherwise, they all skate under Obama's "civilian trial" charade. Should have been hauled before a military tribunal the day after capture, and shot the day after that. Kinda like they do to their enemies.
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Why doesn't anyone just shoot that a hole?
If, somehow, by the Grace of God, another Republican is ever elected, they need to throw Holder in jail for treason.
And execute him.
How did any Republican Senator ever vote to approve such a notorious, scummy Ba $ tard? Why should anyone ever vote for them again, them being as stupid as that?
I'll bet McCain did vote for him. War hero, my a $.
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Is there anything connected with the US government that still works as it's supposed to?
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[Sorry, this was meant to be a response to Professor Guvinoff's comment about this article.]

Now King Caboose the First is in charge, and we can't even prosecute the captured terrorists!

I think the word is "won't", not "can't".
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"...but one of his civilian lawyers insisted to the Post that Binalshibh wanted to go to trial with his co-defendants. He did not wish to be severed."

Well, about 8 years ago, KSM asked for "martyrdom", so the expressed wishes of the so called defendants in this legalistic danse macabre mean exactly zip zilch nada.

For quite awhile, Guantanamo guys' main purpose has been to serve as fodder for legalistic ego tripping and machinations.

It all lies somewhere between absurd and asinine in the dictionary.
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Somehow Tim McVeigh got his tut suite! No issues with "botched" execution drugs or whatnot. Not even a peep, from the Gubmint scum who set up their own children as human shields. Someone approved those building plans, and it was not Mr. McVeigh.
Strange, that? No?
Seeing as how the "Mastermind of 9/11", who looks like Brain on Pinky and the... is still alive and growing fat on Gubmint grub, and no trial has even been set, 13 years later.
Our Gubmint would rather lock you up for non payment of alimony than see this $ bag gets justice. He'll die from complications of Type II diabetes before they ever do anything. Although, Ostupid might just pardon him on the way out. Or swap him for the corpse of a Palestinian dog.
Muslim Brotherhood, dontcha know?
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Sure, Binalshibh could be severed. I propose between the 2nd and 3rd vertebrates. As I recall, the French invented an excellent machine for accomplishing this task.
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Love those words, "sever" and "severed". Lot's of "apps" for them.
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"Families of the 9/11 victims suspect Eric Holder and the Obama administration of sabotaging the commission."
Of course they are.
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This only goes to shoe how compromised Obama really is. Obama needs to go after the real 9-11 plotters--Bush, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfield. He needs to find out exactly who they hired to put the thermite in the buildings!
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I am no longer able to think the /s is justified.
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...correction.....show us how far.....
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Show us far you can go with that line of thought. Readers are standing by.
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Well, let's start by looking at the immediate aftermath. How did Jerome Hauer, national security adviser with the National Institutes of Health, able to tell Dan Rather the official storyline before any investigation was made?

In addition, who was it who murdered John O'Neil, the government's foremost authority on Bin Laden who disbelieved he was behind the attacks.

How did the temperature get hot enough for iron to melt? Jet fuel fires won't do this. Thermite will. How did the thermite get in the building and why was it there in the first place? This just gets curiouser and curiouser.

For an introduction to the truth, go here:
http://alienscientist.com/911.html
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During the Barbary wars, which the US prosecuted successfully more than 200 years ago, the Islamic pirates of the time were vanquished, and signed a treaty by which they would no longer extract bribes on western ships traffic round the Coast of North Africa. The treaty held. President Jefferson, without congressional support, had quietly set up the special expedition that defeated the islamic pirates. This precedent set the example for the eventual creation of the US marines, with support from congress, only after this exemplary victory. This was presidential leadership in action.

Now King Caboose the First is in charge, and we can't even prosecute the captured terrorists!
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Yeah, well Bush the Retard didn't help with his BS Compassionate Conservatism, which apparently meant screwing Scooter something he didn't do.
Ostupid is very stupid, but GW gave him a run for the money.
I hate leftists, but a stupid ignoramus disguised as a Republican earns my greatest scorn. Now, he's retired and all is well in Bush world, while the rest of the country goes to $ hit!
Have fun, a hole.
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