The most difficult challenge in writing about the Iranian Terror Plot unveiled yesterday is to take it seriously enough to analyze it. Iranian Muslims in the Quds Force sending marauding bands of Mexican drug cartel assassins onto sacred American soil to commit Terrorism — against Saudi Arabia and possibly Israel — is what Bill Kristol and John Bolton would feverishly dream up while dropping acid and madly cackling at the possibility that they could get someone to believe it.
US authorities have launched a probe into possible phone hacking of September 11, 2001 victims by News Corp. journalists, victims' relatives have been told, according to a Justice Department official. During a 75-minute "initial" meeting with about 10 people whose relatives died during the terrorist attacks in New York, US Attorney General Eric Holder "broke protocol by acknowledging there is an investigation," said an attorney for the victims' families, Norman Siegel. Holder "listened to their questions, ...
US prosecutors compiled lots of evidence against the five men accused of having organized the September 11 attacks on the United States, but not until this week have details been fully revealed. The indictment charging self-professed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others was unsealed when US Attorney General Eric Holder referred the case to the Defense Department for military trials instead of trials at a US federal court in New York. Holder said Sheikh Mohammed, ...
WASHINGTON – If the U.S. captures top al-Qaida leaders Osama Bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri, they would likely be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military prison, CIA Director Leon Panetta told senators Wednesday. This suggests that, given the choice, President Barack Obama would not try the men in the U.S. court system, opting instead for the Bush administration’s policy that the president has long criticized.
In addition to discussing the plot, the agents directed Mohamud to purchase what they said would be components of the bomb. He spent roughly $110 of FBI money at a Radio Shack. Mohamud was also given $2,700 to rent an apartment to assist in his escape from the US after the bombing. The agents also arranged for Mohamud to engage in a dry run on detonation of the bomb. They took him to a remote location and told him to dial a cell phone number. Explosive experts staged an explosion to give Mohamud the feeling that he could actually detonate the car bomb. Agents carried the plot all the way to streets of Portland with a fake bomb in a van, parked at a location selected by Mohamud.
White House Has Given Up on Shutting Down Guantanamo Bay
President Barack Obama will have the final word on whether Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be given a trial or whether the man dubbed the “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks will remain imprisoned without trial indefinitely, the Washington Post reports. Peter Finn and Anne Kornblut write that conservative opposition to a civilian trial in Manhattan and liberal opposition to a military tribunal are prompting the administration to consider simply not trying Mohammed at all.
Washington, DC – Families of 9/11 victims asked the Justice Department on Thursday to continue its original plan of prosecuting suspects of the terror attacks in civilian courts. The appeal was in response to comments by Attorney General Eric Holder that a decision on the trial would be made soon. In an open letter, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows urged the attorney general to try the suspects “in federal courts that rely on the U.S. Constitution and the tenets of America’s 200 year-old system of justice.”