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“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.
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.
Cue: SM & Craigy
November 05, 2007
EIGHT boys who have pleaded guilty over the filming of a 17-year-old girl being sexually assaulted have avoided custodial terms.
The girl was filmed performing oral sex on two boys, had her hair set alight, was spat at and urinated on during the incident at a park at Werribee, in Melbourne’s outer-west, in June last year.
Today at a children’s court, a judge ordered all the boys to participate in a program for male adolescents about positive sexuality.
He placed six of the boys on youth supervision orders and all except one youth had convictions recorded against them.
Two of the boys were placed on probation for 12 months.
The judge told the boys they treated the victim in a cruel and callous manner. He described their behaviour as cowardly and brutal and said their offences were a serious breach of the criminal law.
He said that if it was not for their guilty pleas they would have been at “significant risk” of serving time in youth detention.
He said he also took into account they had no prior convictions and their youth.
The eight teenagers – aged between 15 and 17 at the time of offending – pleaded guilty to charges of procuring sexual penetration by intimidation, one of making child pornography and one of assault.
Totally disgusted with this result .
Angry, Comrades, very angry….
Rape is a very nasty and very serious matter. Which is why I have always believed that to make false accusations of this crime should be treated most seriously, in the UK a Judge thought so too.
Diane Berriman, 31, accused innocent landlord Paul Cook, 54, of raping her in his pub last February – having previously claimed Cook had raped her in 2004.
She had also cried rape against another man named Trevor Hirst in the same year – so when the new allegations emerged suspicious police officers arrested her, and she confessed she had invented the attacks.
Sentencing Berriman at York Crown Court on September 21, Judge Paul Hoffman said: “The wider implication is that true victims of sexual crime are treated with suspicion and justice is not achieved.
“These offences are so serious only an immediate sentence of custody can be justified.”
Sadly for many victims of rape the it often boils down to a case of he said she said on the matter of consent, with generally no other evidence. This also means that should someone wish to make a false claim it is relatively easy to do so. Eight months seems like a fairly light sentence though, because to my mind bearing false witness is right up there with Rape itself and should actually carry an equally harsh penalty.