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9/11 charges

“Today the convening authority for military commissions received sworn charges against six individuals alleged to be responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks on the United States of America which occurred on September 11, 2001,” said Brigadier-General Thomas Hartmann a legal adviser to the convening authority, Judge Susan Crawford.

“These charges allege a long-term, highly sophisticated, organised plan by al-Qaeda to attack the United States of America,” said Brigadier-General Hartmann.

He said prosecutors requested the six be tried jointly by special military commission and that the charges be referred as a capital case.

If Judge Crawford approves the request, the death penalty could be imposed in the case of convictions.

The charges against them are conspiracy, murder in violation of the laws of war, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, destruction of property, terrorism, and material support for terrorism.

Four were charged with hijacking or hazarding an aircraft.

Hartmann identified the accused as:

– Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind who allegedly proposed the operational concept to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin laden in 1996 and went on to oversee the entire operations;

– Walid bin Attash, who is alleged to have run training camp in Logar, Afghanistan, where two of the hijackers were trained, and who allegedly travelled to Malaysia in 1999 to scout out airport security by US air carriers.

– Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a member of the Hamburg cell who was supposed to be September 11 hijacker but failed to get a US visa and instead became a facilitator who found flight schools for the hijackers and handled money for the operation.

– Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, a nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who allegedly provided $US127,000 ($A140,000) for the plot and facilitated travel to the US of nine hijackers;

– Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, an assistant to Al-Aziz Ali, who allegedly provided the hijackers money, western clothes, travellers checks, and credit cards;

– Mohammmed al-Qahtani, the alleged 20th hijacker who was denied entry to the US on August 4, 2001, at Orlando, Florida.

The Age 

Of course these men should face capital charges the many thousands of deaths that they help facilitate demand the ultimate penalty but I am just waiting for the usual whine from the Uber-left that these men have been detained unlawfully at Guantanino bay ect ect, just like Hicksy was. When these men get the green dream, their much deserved lethal injections there will be a very collective sigh of relief that there is both a few less evil men drawing breath in the world and that Justice will have been served.

Cheers Comrades

😉

Cue: SM & Craigy


7 Comments

  1. Mondo Rock says:

    What is the ‘Uber-Left’?

    Do you just mean ‘the Left’?

  2. Iain says:

    “Uber” is a German word meaning ultra or extreme so clearly I am making a distinction between those on the left who tend more towards the centre and being a little more reasonable and the everything is the fault of capitalism and western civilisation left.

  3. Suburban Marxist says:

    Cue: SM & Craigy

    Huh!? What? I was just enjoying my Earl Grey and ham sandwich…

    Of course these men should face capital charges the many thousands of deaths that they help facilitate demand the ultimate penalty but I am just waiting for the usual whine from the Uber-left that these men have been detained unlawfully at Guantaunamo bay ect ect, just like Hicksy was.

    Right, okay, well there are two things, no, three things here…

    1. All these guys belong to Al Qaeda, an organisation which has its genesis in the CIA funded and supported Mujahideen movement of the 1980s. Of course this will be seen as irrelevant by our pet conservatives who, philosophically speaking, seem to have adopted a ‘live for the moment’ attitude to social questions, whereby nothing done in the past has consequences on the present. Except that in reality it does, e.g. ‘Blowback’, as in 9/11.

    2. The US military is ultimately responsible for far more deaths in the MidEast than Al Qaeda. Spending all your time and energy denouncing AQ is like harassing a smoker to stub out their cigarette while the behind you the entire kitchen is on fire.

    3. If the above mentioned AQ members have been unlawfully detained, tortured etc…then what is it exactly that you are fighting for and what is it that sets you apart from such ‘inhuman brutes’?

    Now, back to my Uber-tea…

    🙂

  4. Mondo Rock says:

    “Uber” is a German word meaning ultra or extreme so clearly I am making a distinction between those on the left who tend more towards the centre and being a little more reasonable and the everything is the fault of capitalism and western civilisation left.

    Interesting, then, that in this article you ascribe the extremist label to those who object to both the validity of the military trials held at Guantanamo Bay and the death penalty. I would have thought that commitment to the rule of law and opposition to the death penalty are relatively mild Leftist positions.

  5. Elijah says:

    Uber is super.

  6. Iain says:

    SM
    You must belong to the school of thought that blames every individuals sin upon their fathers because you have run this “it’s ultimately the CIA’s fault line many times before but the reality is that no matter what encouragement these groups may have had from them in the past, they (al Qaeda) are the ones who are responsible for the atrocities that they have committed
    Mondo
    I have never wavered in believing that the death penalty is justified for individuals who commit or assist in the commission of acts such as those on 9/11 and you will recall my many posts supporting the notion that those who make war upon us should face military justice Now I have seen how you chose to characterise both me and anyone else who want to be tough of the Jihadist scum so drop the Faux indignation here. I realise that There are many people of what you could call the centre left who have some doubts about process here but even they realise that in a time of war (even against non state Players) you can’t afford to play the same legal gambits that you can in a time of peace.Those who I refer to as the “uber-lefties” are not those with such doubts and concerns but those who would set free such dangerous men on the most flimsy legal pretexts and then deny responsibility. for the subsequent acts of terror, like your pal SM here who would continue to blame the CIA

  7. Mondo Rock says:

    Those who I refer to as the “uber-lefties” are not those with such doubts and concerns but those who would set free such dangerous men on the most flimsy legal pretexts and then deny responsibility for the subsequent acts of terror.

    Argument against the legitimacy of the military tribunals is not an argument in favour of the release of the prisoners, but rather an argument in favour of proper application of justice. In effect it is an argumengt that the suspects should be tried in the US, or in an internationally appointed court, where the accepted rules of jurisprudence apply.

    Still – deperate times call for desperate measures I guess.

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