When is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist?
Posted by Exile on March 19, 2007
Answer: When he’s on trial in Miami.
I have heard of the term “getting off on a technicality”. I never thought I would see such a thing being deliberately engineered. Jose Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi are accused of providing recruits and money to mujahideen warriors who conspired to murder, maim and kidnap people in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia and elsewhere during the 1990s. Their lawyers are arguing, that they are not “terrorists”. The word is “too inflammatory”. The men risk life imprisonment if convicted. This from Reuters;
Lawyers: Ban Word ‘Terrorist’ from Padilla Trial.
Defense lawyers want the word “terrorist” banned as too inflammatory in the US trial of Jose Padilla and two other men charged with conspiring to aid Islamist extremists overseas. The word conjures up visions of someone with a bomb belt blowing up himself and others in a crowded cafe, Jeanne Baker, an attorney representing co-defendant Adham Amin Hassoun, said during a hearing in the high-profile case on Friday…
US District Judge Marcia Cooke, who has set trial for April 16, did not immediately rule on the request…Hassoun, Padilla and co-defendant Kifah Wael Jayyousi are accused of providing recruits and money to mujahideen warriors who conspired to murder, maim and kidnap people in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia and elsewhere during the 1990s.
Mujahideen, or holy warriors, is a term for Islamic guerrilla groups. The word is used in the indictment but prosecutors want to call expert witnesses to explain the term and its relation to various groups, including al Qaeda.
I seem to remember someone saying, “If you aren’t with us, you’re against us”. I believe that to be true. Our troops are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq for our freedom. For our safety. These three people are obviously not part of that effort. Aiding and abetting terrorists is terrorism by proxy. It is terrorism. They are terrorists. They are against us.
The defense team intends calling historians, military personnel (more bloody “experts”!) and will probably wave a dictionary around, to explain that these men are not terrorists, but Mujahedin warriors. Or their “civilian” counterparts. Or some other such connived title. They want us to believe that these men were only acting to defend fellow muslims from attack. They are not even involved in terrorism. The thought never crossed their minds. Bless ’em.
Bollocks! I don’t buy it.
See, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck! Not a pigeon. Or a butterfly.
So, if you hang with terrorists, support terrorists and recruit terrorists, then you’re a terrorist.
There is something you should know about the man Jose Padilla. He was accused of plotting to set off a radioactive bomb in the United States.
Not a terrorist? No. Just a holy warrior, doing his holy warrior thing. In the USA. Defending his fellow muslims from attack by plotting to set off a dirty bomb in the United States. I mean, how much more holy than that can you possibly get?
I have no idea what the court in Miami will decide. Hopefully the judge will see it the way I do and send these evil men away for life.
American bloggers, keep an eye on this one please. Follow the link below to read the entire 3 page article.
Link: Reuters Article.
Hat tip: Terrorist Update.