It is true we tried in civilian court a known Islamic terrorist after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from Egypt, the”Blind Sheikh,” was convicted of seditious conspiracy, murder, plans to blow up other New York landmarks including the U.N., and a plot to kill Egyptian President Mubarak. Adbel-Rahman is serving a life sentence in a U.S. facility.
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Among his other accomplishments:
- Fiery preaching encouraging Egyptian army officers to assassinate Egyptian President Sadat;
- Approving followers who killed 60 tourists in Luxor in an attempt to get the sheikh freed;
- Issuing a fatwa from jail providing bin Laden theological permission to perpetrate 9/11
This has been a very bad guy for a very long time. He has the blood of innocents on his hands, literally thousands of victims.
Roughly six months ago, we learned the Obama Administration was preparing the way to release this maniac into Egyptian custody, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is in charge in Cairo.
We provide Egypt billions of dollars in aid and military hardware annually. We have given support to the current Muslim Brotherhood regime in other ways, despite mayhem and murder in the streets. In return, Egypt, led by Morsi of the Brotherhood, refuses to help us investigate Benghazi, helps Iran transport weapons through the Suez to attack Israel, and insists we release Abdel-Rahman.
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No doubt John Kerry will pick up where Hillary Clinton left off and continue licking the boots of the Brotherhood, even as he acknowledges Obama’s Libyan war released tens of thousands of RPGs and other weapons of war to Al Qaeda, which is obviously not decimated as the administration claims.
Speaking of Al Qaeda, the U.S. got its hands on another bin Laden partner recently. But rather than put him on trial via the military at Gitmo, as in the case of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Obama and Holder have decided to bring Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SAG) to New York to stand trial in civilian court, where he will enjoy the right to remain silent, at taxpayer expense of course. SAG is Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, one ‘suspected’ of being extremely helpful to KSM and bin Laden in killing 2,975 Americans on September 11, 2001.
Held in custody just blocks from Ground Zero, SAG no doubt enjoys reading a Koran untouched by infidels, a prayer mat, and Halal food specially prepared. He entered a plea of not guilty just days ago.
We are told SAG cannot be interrogated now because this is a criminal proceeding and he has rights. We are told he was brought to New York secretly and has attorneys appointed by the court to provide representation. Why do we extend the rights of U.S. citizenship to terrorists?
Many prominent Americans, including the minority leader in the Senate, have said SAG is an enemy combatant just like KSM. Therefore, he should be interrogated, held at Gitmo, and tried. Many others agree, no doubt the majority of New Yorkers and the family members of the victims of 9/11.
Eric Holder and Barack Obama apparently know better. So, will we read down the road that SAG and KSM will be released on some technicality, or because the Muslim Brotherhood demands it?
According to the Weekly Standard, SAG spent years in Iran helping Al Qaeda operations in various places. Now that SAG can remain silent, will we ever learn more about the Iranian connection or anything else about how our enemies work to destroy us?
What do you think?
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Ten years ago, he started his own training and recruitment company in the Pacific Northwest. Allan and wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is also the author of “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012.
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