Somali Terrorist Brought to New York City for Civilian Trial

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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) issued a statement that virtually accused the administration of trying to circumvent the will of congress which “has spoken clearly multiple times — including explicitly in pending legislation — of the perils of bringing terrorists onto U.S. soil.” McKeon is referring to legislation passed by the House that prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo to the US.

McKeon also pointed to the surreptitious manner in which Warsame was brought into the country: “It is unacceptable that the administration notified Congress only after it unilaterally transferred this detainee to New York City,” he said in a statement. The Washington Post reports that the president wanted to avoid a fight over Warsame’s status with congress, pointing out that by flying Warsame to New York before announcing his capture, “the administration circumvented likely congressional objections to his transfer here.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lambasted the president for bringing Warsame to New York and giving him the same rights as an American citizen despite the fact that he is a foreign national. “The administration has purposefully imported a terrorist into the U.S. and is providing him all the rights of U.S. citizens in court,” McConnell said. “This ideological rigidity being displayed by the administration is harming the national security of the United States of America.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also questioned granting a terrorist constitutional rights, saying “He is not an American citizen, nor did his criminal acts or his detention occur in the U.S. He is a Somali who traveled to Yemen for terror training. Warsame is a foreigner and an unlawful enemy combatant.”

Nor did the putative friends of the president agree with his new policy. John Sifton, a human rights attorney who has represented detainees, pointed out the obvious; that the administration was “conflicted” in its policy. He added, that the new policy still “detains persons indefinitely, without access to counsel, using questionable Bush-era interpretations of the laws of war.” Sifton did praise the administration for its efforts to use civilian courts to try terrorism suspects.

White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to the criticisms by employing a very selective memory: “Wherever possible, first priority is and always has been to apprehend terrorist suspects and preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help protect the American people.”

Mr. Carney obviously has forgotten about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Underwear Bomber” who tried to blow up a plane landing in Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009. After he was apprehended, he was interrogated only a few hours before being read his Miranda rights. This led to heavy criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder for halting the interrogation long before significant intelligence could have been acquired.

The debate over what to do with captured terrorists will continue no matter what happens to Warsame in federal court. It is extremely unlikely that even if he is acquitted he will ever taste freedom again. The same holds true for virtually all the remaining detainees at Guantanamo. Why try them in civilian courts if the results are pre-ordained? Will it really lead to the rest of the world thinking better of us for the effort?

Former Bush-era Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial from October of 2009:

[C]ritics of Guantanamo seem to believe that if we put our vaunted civilian justice system on display in these cases, then we will reap benefits in the coin of world opinion, and perhaps even in that part of the world that wishes us ill. Of course, we did just that after the first World Trade Center bombing, after the plot to blow up airliners over the Pacific, and after the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

In return, we got the 9/11 attacks and the murder of nearly 3,000 innocents.

That is a heavy price to pay for trying to get the rest of the world to like us.

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  • Dispozovdaburka

    Obama at the helm-

    All part of the planned jihad against the West.

    Taxpayers having to pay for attorney fees, protection, housing, etc, etc.etc.

    All part of destroying the US from within.

  • JosephWiess

    Um…He's not an american citizen, he doesn't have american rights. He should be tried according to international law, or the law of the countries he's working in.
    By giving a non-citizen citizen's rights, you've set a bad precedent, and you'll bog down the courts in lengthy money costing suits that are stupid.
    He is an enemy combatant, he should be tried by a military tribunal, and if found guilty, shot in the back of the head.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    That is a heavy price to pay for trying to get the rest of the world to like us.

    While the self-hating Left and likewise self-hating Ron Paul anarcho-kook acolytes are literally obsessed with what the rest of the world thinks of us and believes the 9/11 terrorist attacks was America’s chickens coming home to roost, the truth is the Islamic world hates us and constantly incites hatred and violence against us and all unbelievers around the world incessantly not because of what we do or do not do, but because the Islamic world is obligated to maintain nothing but enmity in their hearts for unbelievers. Hence, the constant incitement to hatred and violence that takes place incessantly everyday throughout the Islamic world is a manifestation of Islam and has exactly nothing whatsoever to do with what we do or do not do.

    On top of that the delusional Euroloons, the pissant Canadians, and others as well since they are unbelievers, as for as Islam is concerned, are also victims of the same incessant incitement to hatred and violence that constantly takes place against them as well. However, because they are delusional and largely dominated by a leftist mindset, they blame America for the Islamic world’s constant incitement to hatred and violence that takes place against them as well, not because of what we do or do not do or what they do or do not do, but instead because they are unbelievers too. Not only that but they are also very envious of Americas power, prestige, and hegemony as well.

  • jacob

    It will pay to remember that Mr. HOLDER was JANET RENO's (Clinton's Attorney General) sidekick in the infamous returning of the boy ELIAN to Fidel Castro…

    Now tell me birds of a feather do not flock together…..

    By the way, when JANET RENO ran for Florida's governorship, I wonder whether
    even her own family gave her their vote…..

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Weep, America, hang your head in shame for having brought into the White House the biggest enemy America has ever had.

  • tagalog

    There's always "shot while trying to escape."

  • BS77

    Here it is , ten years since the 9/11 attacks….and KSM is still eating pizza and ice cream at Guantanamo….watching TV, playing checkers or whatever…..I just can't believe this is justice.

  • StephenD

    Why should this Somali, non-uniformed combatant be afforded ANY "rights?" He has the right to a bullet in the face. He should be, after interrogation, escorted to the edge of his paradise with waiting virgins and then shoved into eternity. My hope is he gets there and finds his virgins are camels!

  • Rifleman

    We’ll either divulge secrets that will aid aq in this illegal combatant’s civilian trial, he’ll walk, or both.

    Elevating terrorists to a legal status above US military personnel is natural for these lifelong commies, since they can no longer get away with literally spitting on US Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, they do it in ways like this. Our guys get a military tribunal, their terrorists get civilian trials.

    • charandcoop

      I hope your 2nd paragraph is brought up in 2012 campaigning. I have always stated that BHO doesn't have respect for our soldiers. That is why Michelle and Biden's wife are working with military families. BHO is campaigning for their votes (if they get the ballots overseas) but I hope they don't fall for his deceits.

  • Asher

    They will try to use our court system aginst us.

  • Lex 40

    The only why that " We the people…." can show our displeasure is to vote all of these folks out of office in the next presidential election. Don't scream and yell, get out and vote on Election Day !

  • Raymond in DC

    He was captured at sea and initially interrogated at sea. If he'd been subject to a military tribunal at sea, executed at sea, and dumped at sea (sharks gotta' eat too), that would've worked for me.

    But no, our Dear Leaders insisted on a civilian trial. In New York of all places. I wonder how many millions that's going to cost. (Just consider the security requirements.)

  • Davidka

    I'm surprised no one has commented on a key reason B.O. is so big on civilian trials for Muslim terrorists (aside from imposing an immense burden on the judicial system).

    If Muslim terrorists are sentenced to execution, B.O., as Commander in Chief, would have to sign the death warrant. It goes against his background and principles, and perhaps against his religion, to allow the execution of a Muslim.

  • steven reeves

    the sad thing is our own soldiers are tried in military tribunals and the terrorists are given the full protection of the american constitution this means literally speaking that were giving them more constitutional rights that we afford to our own terrorists that 9-11 us more constitutional rights than american citizens get is ssadly what the whole political left is all about.

    • Fred Dawes

      all part of the plan listen to savage nation

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama brings this slug into America to stand trial, he is convicted of some capitol
    crime and set up for execution and Obama signs the order and bang one less
    bad guy and Obama uses this as a campaign ploy to show how tough and ready
    he is defending America. I wouldn't assume for a second Obama would game
    the electorate and have this guy killed but he just might, probably shoot the
    bum on the Capitor steps with live TV himself for a few votes. It is Obama's intent
    to show us wrong via Holder no matter what. The Congress knows he is in
    contempt of them, maybe it is the only thing we have in common with The One.

  • umustbkidding

    Oh no worries, I'm sure they gave him his Miranda rights first thing.

    Well, look at the bright side. He may be set free in NYC and act upon his convictions right then and there. Which would serve up liberals on a platter with their jugulars exposed.

    Then, rightly so the rest of the country would be in horror and put their foot down to stop the mental illness of allowing liberals the ability to control any kind of security efforts for this nation.

    Might due well to wise people up about what kind of judges we have sitting on the bench too.

    Point is, something has to go bust before we can put political correctness and mental illness in it's place.

  • effemall

    Call this another item on the growing list of his antics that will justify impeachment.

    I don't want to see him go simply defeated at the polls. He needs to be impeached, tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

  • palidin 911

    Oh that's great. He probably walks.

  • sflbib

    "It is extremely unlikely that even if he is acquitted he will ever taste freedom again."

    If they are going to give him constitutional rights, they have to try him in the jurisdiction where he committed the crime. This case smacks at purposely violating his rights so he will be set free.

    Communists and Nazis had show trials for those with pre-determined guilty verdicts; we have them for pre-determined NOT guilty verdicts.

  • Zam

    In the United States, your basic Somali qualifies as a minority. Even if the Somali in question is a terrorist, it doesn't matter since Somali's qualify as a minority in the United States. This means both government and society in the United States have to be sensitive to the needs of the Somali's, and, give all Somali's anything and everything they want free of charge as well. Enter here the civilian trial of a Somali terrorist. Anything less than a civilian trial would greatly offend the Somali's and they would accuse government and society in the United States of being racist. Everybody but everybody knows that everybody but everybody runs for cover whenever the words "racism' and "racist" rear their ugly heads in the United States.

    • sflbib

      I forgot to add that after being set free, he will be given a tenured position at some Ivy League school.

  • JonR

    Bringing this terrorist into the United States to stand trial is an insult and an affront to the People of the United States. Make no mistake! This is an intentional insult and the middle finger to any and all of us who love this country by a Muslim president and the Amercan-hating left. May they get exactly what they deserve! No more, no less.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Rethinking this after reading other comments I conclude he will be eligible for
    citizenship, given instate college tuition, receive welfare benefits, SSI and
    possibly a scholarship to CUNY. The least he can expect is to be driving
    a NYC cab……………………………………………………..William