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AP Exclusive: CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

August 6th, 2010 . by TexasFred

AP Exclusive: CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

WASHINGTON (AP) – Four of the nation’s most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned.

The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA “black sites” for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts. Had they remained at the Guantanamo Bay prison for just three more months, they would have been afforded those rights.

“This was all just a shell game to hide detainees from the courts,” said Jonathan Hafetz, a Seton Hall University law professor who has represented several detainees.

Removing them from Guantanamo Bay underscores how worried President George W. Bush’s administration was that the Supreme Court might lift the veil of secrecy on the detention program. It also shows how insistent the Bush administration was that terrorists must be held outside the U.S. court system.

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Worried the Supreme Court would lift the veil of secrecy on the detention program?

Seriously? That’s the best you guys at AP can come up with?

Years later, the program’s legacy continues to complicate President Barack Obama’s efforts to prosecute the terrorists behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Yes, it does complicate Barack Hussein Obama’s efforts to prosecute the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It makes it a difficult task for Obama to give his Muslim brothers the same rights as a U.S. citizen. It makes it a lot more difficult for Eric Holder to find some loophole that will allow him to release these Islamic terrorists!

The arrival and speedy departure from Guantanamo were pieced together by the AP using flight records and interviews with current and former U.S. officials and others familiar with the CIA’s detention program. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the program.

Did any of you ever watch a movie called *A Few Good Men*?

The lead character is a bleeding heart wuss lawyer and he used the flight records from Gitmo to Washington, D.C. as the basis for his analysis into the habits of Col. Jessup. I think someone at the top of THIS investigation may have actually watched that movie and may have paid some attention. It sounds like this AP story was written by a Hollywood screen writer to me.

Top officials at the White House, Justice Department, Pentagon and CIA consulted on the prisoner transfer, which was so secretive that even many people close to the CIA detention program were kept in the dark.

Keeping people in the dark is what the CIA does. It’s what makes the CIA a viable and useful group of people. It’s what keeps them alive and what keeps this nation, and some of OUR little secrets safe. Again, I think someone may have been watching the movies or reading the comic strip Doonesbury.

When we, as a nation, and a government, have become so politically correct, so afraid of world opinion, that we place the comfort and care of a terrorist above the safety of our nation, our people, our troops and our way of life, I am forced to say that America has surely lost it’s way.

Before dawn on Sept. 24, 2003, a white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed at Guantanamo Bay. At least four al-Qaida operatives, some of the CIA’s biggest captures to date, were aboard: Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Nashiri, Ramzi Binalshibh and Mustafa al-Hawsawi.

Well, that’s reassuring, a white, unmarked Boeing 737. For a very long time now we have been told, repeatedly, by the moonbats and tin foil hat crowd on the left that the CIA used BLACK, unmarked helicopters. :twisted:

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9/11 suspects to be tried in NYC court

November 13th, 2009 . by TexasFred

9/11 suspects to be tried in NYC court

WASHINGTON – Self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to trial in a civilian U.S. courthouse in New York, near the site of the devastating 2001 terror attacks, the Obama administration announced Friday. Prosecutors expect to seek the death penalty.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long-awaited and politically fraught decision at a news conference. He also said five other Guantanamo detainees, including a major suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, will be tried through the military commission process.

Holder said the Sept. 11 defendants should be tried where their crimes occurred. Nearly 3,000 people died when the World Trade Center towers were brought down by two hijacked jetliners, another hijacked jet hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in the state of Pennsylvania.

“After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for that attacks of September the 11th will finally face justice,” Holder said. “They will be brought to New York — to New York — to answer for their alleged crimes in a courthouse just blocks away from where the twin towers once stood.”

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In typical *knee-jerk* fashion, the reactionaries on Facebook are already calling for Americans to hold huge protests in New York City.

Becky Todzia: ok…who is ready to go to NYC to protest? I will go and stand with my fellow Americans and family members of 911 victims that are outraged over Holder announcing that the 911 muslim terrorists will be tried in civilian (not military) court at the courthouse in NYC, steps from Ground Zero. 300 families of 911 victims had contacted the WH asking them NOT to…Obama doesnt care. What do you expect from a muslim POTUS?

Several folks jumped all over the idea. They are ready to march on New York City right now. I had to ask a question of those folks, and hopefully, restore a bit of sanity to the reactionaries and their attempts to incite the masses in an unnecessary and totally ill-advised protest march.

Fred Witzell: WHY hit NYC? They didn’t ask for the trials did they? Take it to D.C. and take it all the way to the steps of the White House… The orders came from Eric Holder, on approval from Barack Hussein Obama… That’s D.C. folks, not NYC…

To the best of my knowledge, New York hasn’t asked to hold these trials. I am of the belief that taking these terrorist cretins to New York is the worst mistake Obama and Holder could possibly make. I believe they would bring more danger to the USA proper than they can even imagine.

The cost alone should be more than enough of a reason to leave these people in Guantanamo. They should be subjected to a military tribunal and summary sentencing by said tribunal. Does anyone, other than far left libbers and Obama supporters NOT see this?

We have the terrorists in a secure location, the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay. We can easily place the officers and staff needed to conduct a military tribunal, at Guantanamo. Why does Obama and Company insist on bring these monsters to U.S. soil and granting them the same rights enjoyed by American citizens?

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