The Obama administration is finally putting together a show trial of a terrorist in civilian court. In a move intended to set precedent before legislation approved by the House is enacted, The Regime has flown a Somali terrorist to New York after months of interrogation aboard a naval ship, one of Obama’s secret prisons.
In the past, Obama and Holder have wanted to give Prisoners of War the same rights as Americans; a slippery slope, since soldiers are not police and are not trained in official arrest procedures or in the reading of Miranda Rights. Obama and Holder are hoping to write and define the procedures for dealing with terrorist subjects being held by the military for interrogation. A move seen by many as an effort to weaken the effectiveness of the military and make the taking of prisoners less viable in the future, since linking soldiers to civilian courts will be seen as ineffective by military commanders in the future, thus intelligence will probably be compromised by having fewer potential sources of intelligence, but at least their civil liberties as prisoners will be protected.
Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, has been charged with nine counts relating to providing support to the Shabab and Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, in Yemen. Warsame, thought to be in his mid-twenties, was captured on April 19.
A plane carrying him arrived in New York City on Monday evening.
The Justice Department considers Warsame a “Shabab Leader”, yet does not accuse him of plotting specific attacks. They have released conflicting accounts of his significance: he has been portrayed as a “senior operational commander” and as a lesser official whose capture is significant because of the large amount of intel that he has provided concerning the groups and their connections.
Obama and Holder are anxious to use this case, regardless of the terrorist’s importance, as a show trial that will be used as a method to take control of Prisoners of War denying the military control over captured terrorists while ending the practice of incarcerating terrorists at the military prison at Guantanamo and to settle the question of trying terrorists by military tribunal or in civilian court with all the protections allowed an American citizen and to determine what rights terrorists have during interrogation.
The House has already passed legislation that prohibits the transfer of prisoners of war into the United States, but the Obama Regime is once again seeking to circumvent the will of the people and the law of the land to assert his own will as the law of the land. Howard McKeon, Republican of California and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, denounced the Regime’s decision.
“The transfer of this terrorist detainee directly contradicts Congressional intent and the will of the American people. Congress has spoken clearly multiple times — including explicitly in pending legislation — of the perils of bringing terrorists onto U.S. soil. It is unacceptable that the administration notified Congress only after it unilaterally transferred this detainee to New York City despite multiple requests for consultation.”
The Regime contends that although the will of the people is against prosecuting terrorists in civil court, the civilian prosecution will face fewer legal hurdles and it fits within the Obama political agenda to try the terrorist in civilian court with an appropriate amount of political posturing by the Obama Regime. Civilian prosecutors need only prove Warsame provided support to terrorist groups: while a military tribunal would need to prove that they have jurisdiction and that he was personally engaged in hostilities – a dubious distinction that he has probably already admitted.
The timing of the case coincides with ties being established between groups in Somalia and Yemen and the possibility that the Somalia terrorists are planning to extend its terrorism against the West. The trial will also give the Regime an opportunity to grandstand and emphasize how critical they are in the War against Terror that we aren’t fighting.
Warsame’s indictment reads that he has fought on behalf of Shabab since ’07. In ’09, he worked with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, providing equipment, arms, and money. In 2010, he traveled to Yemen to receive military training and explosives training.
The indictment reads that Mr. Warsame has fought on behalf of the Shabab since 2007. Starting in 2009, it also states he began to work with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, providing money, training and equipment. It also alleged that he went to Yemen in 2010 and received explosives and other military-type training, and helped broker a weapons deal between the groups.
In a telephone briefing with reporters, senior administration officials said Mr. Warsame and another person were captured by American forces somewhere “in the Gulf region” on April 19. Another official separately said the two were picked up on a fishing trawler in international waters between Yemen and Somalia. The other person was released.
Mr. Warsame was taken to a naval vessel, where he was questioned for the next two months by military interrogators, the officials said. They said his detention was justified by the laws of war, but declined to say whether their theory was that the Shabab are covered by Congress’s authorization to use military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; whether the detention was justified by his interactions with Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch; or something else.
The officials also said interrogators used only techniques in the Army Field Manual, which complies with the Geneva Conventions. But they did not deliver a Miranda warning because they were seeking to gather intelligence, not court evidence. One official called those sessions “very, very productive,” but declined to say whether the information contributed to a drone attack in Somalia last month.
After about two months, Mr. Warsame was given a break for several days. Then a separate group of law enforcement interrogators came in. They delivered a Miranda statement, but he waived his rights to remain silent and have a lawyer present and continued to cooperate, thus, his subsequent statements would be admissible in court.
Throughout that period, administration officials were engaged in deliberations about what to do with Mr. Warsame’s case. Eventually, they “unanimously” decided to prosecute him in civilian court; “yes men” are known to be fairly predictable. If he is convicted of all the charges against him, he would face life in prison.
Last week, Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, who was until recently in charge of the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, told a Senate hearing that detainees are sometimes kept on Navy ships until the Justice Department can build a case against them; strangely, none of the previous POWs have been brought to Obama’s justice and since there are no more prisoners aboard ships, we may only assume that those prisoners were turned loose to continue killing Americans.
Another senior administration official said Tuesday that such detentions are extremely rare, and that no other detainees are now being held on Navy ships.
Is it possible that President Obama would compromise the lives of American troops to keep from holding POWs at Guantanamo or is he merely posturing for image by trying terrorists with the same rights as Americans: either way, the president seems more worried over his personal agenda than the security of the United States.