Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008
Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal. Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life.
US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in November 2001 with two SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) in his car… but he claimed only to be a simple mechanic. Perhaps a jury in LA would have bought that, but not this tribunal. Wait, that could be sooner than later!
The MSM is all about the “split” nature of this decision and not the progress of having the trial produce a conviction in the first place. Granted one only needs a majority of the tribunal to bring a conviction, but it’s a good start! Despite the spin, I think this decision is great. I think that bringing these trials earlier would also have had the effect of keeping terrorism in the news, while quieting the critics.