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Tag: Guantanamo Bay

FBI: Evidence Stacking Against Five Suspects in Benghazi Attacks, But Not Enough for Civilian Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents have enough evidence against five men accused in the Benghazi attack to seize them by military force as suspected terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

But the AP reported that the agents don’t have enough evidence to charge the men in a civilian court, which is the Obama administration’s preference.

In the meantime, the men remain at large while the FBI continues to investigate.

The AP wrote that the probe is being complicated by the reduction in U.S. investigators in the region and the restrictions of helping Libyan law enforcement.

Obama has been shifting away from holding terrorists as enemy combatants and holding them at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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FBI Installed Spying Equipment in Prison Cells, Visiting Rooms at Guantanamo Bay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI installed eavesdropping equipment in prison cells and visiting rooms at Guantanamo Bay, the military police commander of the prison said Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The testimony by Army Col. John Vincent Bogdan incensed defense attorneys for five suspected Sept. 11 plotters because it appears the confidential meetings with defendants have been compromised by surveillance equipment hidden in smoke detectors and other areas, the LA Times reported.

Bogdan said he only recently discovered the equipment and didn’t know audio was captured.

Bogdan said he had been told there were “no audio monitoring of attorney-client meetings.”

“It is a key thing we want to make sure we are not doing,” he said.

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Obama Admin. To Prosecute 9/11’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in Military Trial

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In an about face — that appeared over time to be more and more likely of a possibility — the  Obama administration has decided to prosecute self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in a military commission at Guantanamo Bay instead of a civilian court in New York, CBS News reported.

The network reported that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. will make the announcement Monday afternoon.

Holder originally announced in 2009 that Mohammed would be tried in U.S. District Court in New York. But conservatives on Capitol Hill opposed it and pushed for a military trial.

Eventually, the idea even lost the support of N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who cited numerous problems that a trial of that magnitude would pose to the Big Apple.

Mohammad’s most recognizable picture became the one where he was having an extremely bad hair day (to the right).

Column: Under Atty. Gen. Holder American Detainee Policy Is a “Politicized Mess”

By Michael Gerson
The Washington Post

The closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and civilian trials for terrorists were more than policy changes proposed by Barack Obama as a presidential candidate. They were presented as a return to constitutional government – a dividing line from an uncivilized past.

The indefinite detention of terrorists, according to Obama, had “destroyed our credibility when it comes to the rule of law all around the world, and given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment.”

Testifying last year before Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder not only defended a New York trial for lead Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, he lectured, he taunted, he preened. Unlike others, he was not “scared” of what Mohammed would say at trial. Failure was “not an option.” This case, he told a reporter, would be “the defining event of my time as attorney general.”

Which it certainly has been. Under Holder’s influence, American detainee policy is a botched, hypocritical, politicized mess.

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D.C. Fed Judge Says Gitmo Inmates No More Dangerous Than Some Violent Street Gangs

Judge Lamberth/court photo By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Joyce Lamberth in Washington, not exactly a shy person, isn’t buying into the critics’ claims that the Guantanamo inmates are any more dangerous than some street gangs that have gone on trial in civilian courts.

“The gangs are more murderous, I think, than some of these people at Guantanamo,’’ Lamberth, the chief judge (in photo), told lawyers at an American Bar Association breakfast, according to the Associated Press. “They’ve certainly killed their share of witnesses here.’’

Lamberth has some experience dealing with gangs. In 2004, he presided over a trial  involving  “Murder Inc.” gang members who were accused of killing 31 people, including witnesses to crimes.

So far, five Gitmo inmates are slated for trial in New York. More are expected to eventually go on trial in federal courts in New York and elsewhere.

Justice Dept. Considering Putting Guantanamo Inmates on Trial in Brooklyn and Other Places

brooklyn bridgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department may end up not only holding trials for Guantanamo prisoners in a Manhattan court, but also in Brooklyn and eventually D.C. and Alexandria, according to a report in the New York Times.

The Times reported that authorities were close to deciding whether to hold trial for some Guantanamo Bay inmates in the Brooklyn federal courthouse. Justice officials have not publicly disclosed who would go on trial there.

Right now the Justice Department has plans to hold trial in lower Manhattan for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four of his cronies.

That decision drew criticism from some people who felt it endangered the folks of New York City. They also said defendants should go before a military tribunal, not a civilian court.

A decision to hold trial in other civilian courts is likely to draw more criticism. Stay tuned.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Tells Congress Gitmo Detainees in U.S. Pose Risks

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

The testimony only helps create more questions than answers to this controversial topic.

By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States could pose a number of risks, even if they were kept in maximum-security prisons. Responding to FBI concerns, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration would not put Americans at risk.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller faced repeated questions about the prospect of transferring to the United States some of the 240 inmates currently held at the naval base in Cuba.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Guantanamo Bay detention center closed by January 2010, but that timetable may be in jeopardy. As Mueller testified, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to block funding for bringing detainees to the U.S., whether freed or imprisoned.

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