"The only worthwhile use for the life of a traitor is to serve as an example to those of weak moral fiber who might hereafter be tempted to commit treason."
Cue the New York Times op-ed. This man is being oppressed. He's a victim of the brutal military commissions system. Maybe Mos Def can do a video in which he weeps manfully as he's deprived of olives and honey.
A jihadist charged in the deaths of 2,976 innocents on 9/11 threw a hissy fit in court Tuesday — over lunch food.
Ramzi Binalshibh had a meltdown because he believed the U.S. military withheld olives and honey from his meal.
He was the only one of five defendants who bothered to show up for Tuesday’s pretrial hearing — but he did not last the afternoon.
“There are big problems with the food that was provided,” Binalshibh angrily told the judge, Army Col. James Pohl, through a translator.
“It is a form of psychological torture,” he growled.
Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesman at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the 9/11 defendants are being held, said Binalshibh received a “freshly prepared standard detainee halal meal” but “complained that his lunch did not include condiments such as olives and honey.”
Binalshibh provided the 9/11 attackers with money and help in finding flight training.
He was supposed to be one of the 9/11 hijackers himself, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, but assumed a supporting role after he was denied a U.S. visa four times, authorities alleged.
The whiny jihadist and his co-defendants have staged courtroom stunts before, beginning with their circus-like arraignment in May 2012, when Binalshibh stood in open court to pray despite scheduled breaks for that purpose.
Durand, the Gitmo spokesman, did not reveal what was served for lunch at the court complex Tuesday, but he said a typical halal detainee meal usually includes a lamb, chicken or beef entrée, with rice, beans, chickpeas, hummus, pita bread, fruit and salad.
Finally, with this unspeakable act of torture, America has lost the moral high ground. We truly are no better than Al Qaeda. We really should be more liberal and carry out military commissions trials the way FDR did.
On August 8, 1942, Herbert Hans Haupt was sent to the electric chair. Haupt, a United States citizen, had joined a German raiding party into the United States.
The trial of Haupt and his fellow conspirators lasted a month. It was over two months after their capture. Haupt was put to death seven days after the conclusion of his trial.
A few years after the war was over, a former soldier spotted a USC student in a Los Angeles Sears. During the war, the student, Tomoya Kawakita, had been noted for special acts of cruelty toward the captured American soldiers in the Oyema POW camp where 1 in 10 prisoners died of malnutrition. Tomoya had earned the nickname "Meatball" for eating the rations meant for the POWs. The soldier, had first met Tomoya when the latter attempted to tear off his tattoos while screaming about "American symbols of freedom."
Tomoya was also an American. He was arrested, put on trial and sentenced to death. In pronouncing sentence on him, the judge declared, "The only worthwhile use for the life of a traitor is to serve as an example to those of weak moral fiber who might hereafter be tempted to commit treason."
Hmm maybe we should be more liberal with terrorists. I don't think Haupt spent his time in court whining about the psychological torture of being denied Bratwurst.