Gitmo detainee acquitted of all but 1 charge in NY

So much for civilian trials..

Washington Post

NEW YORK -- The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of most charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 - an opening salvo in al-Qaida's campaign to kill Americans.

A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy and acquitted him of all other counts, including murder and murder conspiracy, in the embassy bombings. The anonymous federal jury deliberated over seven days, with a juror writing a note to the judge saying she felt threatened by other jurors.

Prosecutors had branded Ghailani a cold-blooded terrorist. The defense portrayed him as a clueless errand boy, exploited by senior al-Qaida operatives and framed by evidence from contaminated crime scenes.

The trial at a lower Manhattan courthouse had been viewed as a possible test case for President Barack Obama administration's aim of putting other terror detainees - including self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - on trial on U.S. soil

Words fail me...

UPDATE by Rusty: I was about to put up a post on this, and then saw that Matt Damon had beat me to the punch.

I was willing to give Holder and Obama a shot at this. Some liberals had made a good point by saying that every single terrorist trial held in the US had gone the government's way. So I thought it was unwise, but since the process was untested then why not give it a shot?

Well, it just blew up in your face, didn't it Sparky?

You simply cannot hold the same kind of trials for terrorists and war criminals as you do for civilians. Not those captured over seas, at least. Why? Because we do not and cannot send the FBI to gather evidence on a field of battle.

We're not fighting crime here, we're fighting a war.

Update II(Matt Damon): Jake Tapper just tweeted the DOJ is pleased

Posted by: Newbie at 06:29 PM


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