Conservatives have warned from the beginning, trying terrorists in civilian courts was a huge mistake. Now we have the proof.
Ahmed Ghailani was the first terrorist taken from the military system to a civilian court for trial. The result, less than spectacular. With a massive indictment that spanned more than 280 counts, the Department of Justice ended up with a conviction on one single count.
The prosecutions case was not helped by the fact that liberal, Clinton appointed, Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan, on the day trial was supposed to begin, refused to allow the prosecution to use a key witness. Kaplan was appalled that the witness was discovered as a result of coercive interrogation. I am appalled that Lewis Kaplan is a Federal Judge. I am also appalled at the Department of Justice. They could have appealed Judge Kaplan’s ruling but did not.
Ahmed Ghailani was detained for his role in the bombing in the US Embassies in Africa. Congressman Peter King of New York was incensed over this, as the defendant was acquitted of 224 counts of murder, thanks to a nitwit liberal Federal Judge and an idiot President.
Ghailani is a Tanzanian, not an American. He is not entitled to the protections of the American constitution. He should have been tried in a military court for what he did.
Make no mistake about this. Ghailani is an Al Qaeda terrorist and has admitted as such. He was a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden and took part in a mass murder of American citizens.
There are lessons to be learned from this debacle. First, unless they are an American citizen, no civilian trials for terrorists. Do not put them in front of some nitwit liberal federal judge. Second, we need prosecutors who have not spent their spare time, prior to being employed for the government working for firms that were representing terrorists, like Eric Holder’s old firm did. Finally, the most important lesson to be learned here is, national security is far too important to let liberals ever control again.