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By Rob Meltzer
May 20, 2014 11:10 a.m.



At the opening of the 9/11 “memorial,” Barry said that “No act of terror can match the strength or the character of our country….nothing can ever break us. Nothing can change who we are as Americans…”

Then maybe someone can explain the madness of yesterday’s conviction of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in a New York City federal courtroom. For those too busy with more important things, like the impending Kim/Kanye wedding, Mustafa is an Egyptian Imam who was living in London who, amongst other things, was accused of material support for terrorism because he allegedly knew that a group of Europeans were going to be abducted in Yemen and gave a satellite phone to a congregant. And the American connection to all this is….wait for it, he was quoted as once saying “Everybody was happy when the planes hit the World Trade Center….”  And he may have said an encouraging word or two to someone planning to open an al-Qaeada training camp in Oregon. Never mind that there was zero evidence that he was part of any actual conspiracy, that he furthered a conspiracy, or that any American was ever put at risk by his conduct. A colleague of mine who was present at some of the trial tells me that the media reports of “links” was not consistent with the testimony at trial, in which “links” was really about the fact that he knew people who turned out to be terrorists. In short, guilt by association, and guilt by thought. So what was this guy doing in a New York courtroom? Bolstering not only our credential as the world’s policeman on terrorism, but bolstering the political future of the Democrats as, well, I guess, supporters of the rule of law?

And the worst part of this is that our esteemed Attorney General, Eric Holder, as much as admitted that in his press release crowing that Mustafa would soon be off with his teaspoon to help build the White Sea Canal.”His conviction is as just as it as swift. With each efficiently delivered guilty verdict against a top al Qaida-linked figure, the debate over how to best seek justice in these cases is quietly being put to rest.”

Well, let’s unpack that little statement: first, what does he mean by “efficient?” He makes it sound like packing meat. And swift? Justice should not be delayed, but this case was not swift, And not just. And I still don’t know why this trial was in New York. And notice that Holder had to back track to “al Qaida-linked,” meaning that the feds couldn’t prove he was part of al Qaida, and notice that he wasn’t a member of a terrorist organization–he was just a “figure.” And maybe Holder can tell us why the US murders suspects actually linked to killing Americans with Navy SEALS, and murders others, including Americans, with drones, and how this fits into “the debate over how to best seek justice in these cases…” I think he means that where the US lacks evidence, we’ll just murder, but where we have a comment that offends we’ll put this before a New York jury in the shadow of the trade center? Or what is he saying? And what we seem to be putting to rest is our will to resist injustice.

And the other oddity. Of jurisdiction. As I recall, we had to kill bin Laden because we didn’t trust the Pakistanis. And we have to kill various folk with drones because we don’t trust the Yeminis. So now we don’t trust the Brits, who couldn’t seem to find a crime to charge Mustafa with? I mean, what do the Brits know about the rule of law, just like the Yeminis? We’ve now dissed the authors of the Magna Carta, too.

Well, don’t look for clarity or rule of law or anything resembling due process of law in this, because Barry has camps to fill with Muslims. And anyone who isn’t outraged by this continuing punishment of thought and words is selling out the Constitution too.

 

 

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