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Posts Tagged ‘Guantanamo Bay’

Gitmo Conviction

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.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Wants Martyrdom

Posted by Ryan on June 5, 2008

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the effectively waterboarded 9/11 mastermind sitting in a cell at Club Gitmo, wants to be “martyred.”  He said so in front of a Military Tribunal today, along with a few of his co-defendants.

Our legal system will eventually sentence KSM to death — he’s admitted his part in the 9/11 attacks, is getting his day in court to move the process along, and wants to die.  He’ll get his wish.  While I’m a fan of the death penalty, I think maybe this guy should sit in prison for a while longer and think about what he did (perhaps 2,948 days or so).  Why allow him to rape his virgins in heaven before we have to?  Think of the virgins for Goodness sake! 

Some still want to have civilian trials for these criminals, though there is no precedent for it and it would be a dangerous precedent if implemented.  I have read the Geneva Convention (and posted on it about a year ago) on POWs and terrorists aren’t covered… specifically because they wanted to discourage the stateless, lawless nature of terrorism to be unsanctioned by international accords. 

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