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HOLDER DETERMINED TO PROSECUTE UNLAWFUL ENEMY COMBATANTS IN U.S. FEDERAL COURTS

Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

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Attorney General Eric Holder is determined to prosecute unlawful enemy combatants (UECs) captured overseas in U.S. federal courts. And he has decided to do so with Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali national accused of terrorism captured in the Persian Gulf region in April and detained aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Bipartisan action in Congress prevented the Obama administration from trying terrorists held at Guantanamo in U.S. federal courts. Now Congress must close the loophole in the law to prevent Holder from trying UECs held on U.S. Navy ships in federal court.   (More)

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8 Responses

  1. Jim Auer says:

    Ed, Shame on you for suggesting something so completely legal, reasonable and in our country’s national security interest. Sincerely, Jim

  2. No worries, Eric “My People” Holder will be forced to resign before this ill conceived case is taken to court … see breaking news on ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal.

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Groups

    “Tyranny on the high seas ! Bring out the USS Constitution {Old Iron Sides} and put the pirates down to Davey Jones locker !”

    Posted by Paul Daly

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community (IC)

    I will be interested to see this administrations reaction when one of these alleged terrorists is found not guilty. Will they be free to then pursue United States citizenship?

    Posted by Scott Dunn

  5. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community

    Respond by this administration will be, it is Bush fault.

    Posted by Peter Dvorak

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community

    In cases of “unlawful enemy combat” in the context of the war against terrorists, the evidence is usually overwhelming when someone is found on the battlefield. Such prosecutions I think will have a HUGE success rate because of the non contested nature of video/audio surveillance from theatre settings … in fact, the state would have a harder time making the argument when dealing with citizens in urban settings who have plotted terrorism and even then, the U.S. has a very good batting average.

    Posted by Mubin Shaikh

  7. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community

    Jurors are indeed an interesting group … sometimes they find innocent people guilty – just the cost of doing business really. I know that might sound cold but its true the other way also (guilty go free).

    As for the fair process, I have confidence in the judiciary’s ability to appraise the “evidence” coming from a batlefield context – of course the outcome is not pre-determined (at least it should not be) but the Prosecutors have good reason to be confident.

    Then of course we get the non guilty verdict and we have to accept it – like it or not. It is hard but it is fair.

    Posted by Mubin Shaikh

  8. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    Reposted from LinkedIn Group: The Intelligence Community

    @Scott – it has already happened with Ghailani: http://www.examiner.com/government-in-atlantic-city/terrorist-found-not-guilty

    You can see from what just occurred in Orlando, FL, that it takes an iron clad case to convict anyone these days. Jurors (seemingly) are watching too many fantasy TV programs and think forensics on the shows are reality. Not on video? No witness? No smoking gun? No conviction. I guess the new rule of law is: “Beyond any doubt,” as “reasonable” no longer exists.

    Posted by Tina Dante

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