September 28, 2005

THE WISDOM OF GITMO:

Spain press slams al Qaeda verdict (AP, 9/27/05)

Spanish newspapers on Tuesday criticized the verdict of Europe's first major trial of suspected al Qaeda members, including three linked to the September 11 attacks, labeling it a failure and a blow to police and prosecutors.

"They (the accused) recruited fanatics but their role in September 11 was pure fantasy," the daily El Mundo headlined its editorial.

"The first major trial against Islamic terrorism in our country has finished with certain a sense of failure in not being able to prove a direct link between the accused and the September 11 attacks," the daily La Razon wrote.

In the verdict Monday, Syrian-born businessman Imad Yarkas was convicted and sentenced to 27 years for leading an Islamic terror cell in Spain and conspiring to commit murder in connection with the September 11 attacks, in 2001. But the sentence was a tiny fraction of the nearly 75,000 years sought for him by prosecutors. (Full story)

Two other suspects charged as accessories to murder in the suicide airliner attacks were acquitted, although one was convicted of collaborating with a terrorist group.

At the trial, the chief state prosecutor had asked for "exemplary sentences" to show terror should be fought in court, not with Guantanamo-style detention camps.


Which goes to show, national security is too important to observe legal niceties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2005 1:17 PM
Comments

This is war, not law enforcement. We did not ask whether the German commandos we captured on Long Island had planned Pearl Harbor, we just hanged them.

Read the USSC opinions coming out of the War on Terror. American law is not going down the European route, but is treating this as a war. Despite what lower courts had held distinguishing WWII prescedents, the Supreme Court has held that enemy combatants, including American citizens, may be treated like captured Nazi commandos.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 28, 2005 2:27 PM

It's perfectly legal to treat pirates however is deemed necessary.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 28, 2005 2:58 PM
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