Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Liberal CNN reported that the U.S. has been holding an enemy combatant in legal limbo. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, authorities picked up a Qatari computer science graduate student, Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, for credit card fraud. Turns out he was in contact with a key al-Qaida operative who financed the 9/11 hijackers with wire transferred money.

In addition to thousands of stolen credit card numbers, "Al-Marri's computer [] stored Arabic lectures by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, photographs of the September 11 attacks, and a cartoon of planes crashing into the World Trade Center, according to the government.

"It had a folder labeled "jihad arena" and another called "chem" containing industrial chemical distributor Web sites from which, according to the government, al-Marri got information about hydrogen cyanide, a poisonous gas used in chemical weapons.

"The Pentagon asserts al-Marri trained at a terror camp in Afghanistan before September 11, met bin Laden, and volunteered for a "martyr mission."

"After al-Marri was sent to the U.S. Navy brig in Charleston, South Carolina, the military refused to allow his attorneys to visit him for 16 months.

"When they finally did, they heard tales from their client of being deprived of shoes and socks, blankets, toilet paper, toothpaste and sunlight.

"Al-Marri complained that he was subjected to constant video surveillance, repeated interrogations and threats against his family overseas. But worst of all, he said, was the isolation."

Poor baby. He plans on killing countless Americans, and then he complains about being isolated and surveilled? Is he jealous that the guards playing poker outside of his 6' x 9' cell won't play with him?

Mr. Al-Marri, you got caught biatch, now you pay the price. What do you think they would do to you back in Qatar, where you're from?

While I concur that he should be given due process, I would argue that the government should have the ability to keep dangerous people like Al-Marri tucked away for a significantly long period of time until either he is no longer a threat, or enough evidence has been gathered from other sources to make a case against him. The standard of "innocent until proven guilty" should not be afforded to so-called "enemy combatants," because these non-citizens are seeking ways to use our own system of justice to destroy us.

Back the fuck off Mr. Berman, please!