Terrorist Convicted in Civilian Court


And here we have yet another example of what Republicans screamed from the mountaintops could not happen, a Muslim terrorist was convicted in a civilian court in Manhattan and will now spend the rest of his life in a supermax prison for his crimes. Gee, who could have predicted that?

The notorious hate preacher Abu Hamza is likely to die behind bars in a maximum-security US prison after a New York jury on Monday night convicted him of a series of terrorism charges.

The conviction marks the final stage of a 10-year battle to have Hamza extradited from the UK and brought to trial in the US.

It is believed Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will now begin moves to strip Hamza of his British citizenship, making him “stateless” and formally ending his 34-year connection to the UK.

A jury sitting just half a mile from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan found the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque in north London guilty on all 11 counts after a five-week trial. His charges related to organising a terrorist camp in the US, hostage taking in Yemen and sending one of his followers from London to train with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan…

He will be sentenced at a hearing on September 9, two days before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States by al-Qaeda.

The judge is expected to hand down a life sentence which he will almost certainly serve in the federal “supermax” high-security prison in Colorado that houses several other convicted terrorists.

Wait, you mean a civilian trial didn’t result in some huge threat to the people of NYC? It didn’t result in the release of classified information that put the country at risk? It didn’t lead to terrorists being coddled and escaping justice? But that’s what the right wing swore it would do when they threw a huge hissy fit over trying detainees at Gitmo in civilian courts. How about that.

Comments

  1. M can help you with that. says

    This is how it’s done. We don’t treat terrorists like supervillains, or like demonic forces, or like an army. They’re members of murderous criminal organizations, and so we treat them as such — we put them on trial, we convict when the law and the evidence support a conviction, and we keep them from hurting anyone else.

    Well, at least that’s how we do it when we don’t have our heads up our asses.

  2. John Pieret says

    Wait, you mean a civilian trial didn’t result in some huge threat to the people of NYC?

    Crap! I never even heard about the trial on the news. I suppose if I had gone to the court that there’d be heavy security but that’s hardly uncommon. M @ 1 is right … just another day in the justice system.

  3. says

    But that’s what the right wing swore it would do when they threw a huge hissy fit over trying detainees at Gitmo in civilian courts. How about that.

    But it would. Gitmo’s convicts are different because it only contains the Worst of the Worst. Imagine all the terrorism they’d do in New York while they were out on bail! Not to mention some LiberalActivist Judge would let them off on some “technicality”, like their confessions being based on so-called “torture” or them being so-called “innocent”!

  4. felidae says

    I think it would be damned near impossible to empanel a jury in NYC that wouldn’t convict the Gitmo detainees, so why are civilian trials a problem

  5. jaytheostrich says

    But but but… obviously Obama, the secret Muslim will give him a get out of jail free card. Because, freedom of religion or something. Right?

  6. John Pieret says

    I think it would be damned near impossible to empanel a jury in NYC that wouldn’t convict the Gitmo detainees …

    Less difficult than empaneling a courts martial panel that wouldn’t convict the Gitmo detainees.

  7. Infophile says

    It is believed Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will now begin moves to strip Hamza of his British citizenship, making him “stateless” and formally ending his 34-year connection to the UK.

    Is anyone else seriously disturbed by this part? Stripping away citizenship feels an awful lot like making him an “unperson” in the eyes of the British government.

  8. Kermit Sansoo says

    Clearly a false flag operation to distract us from the fact that US civilian courts never convict terrorist suspects.

  9. cjcolucci says

    I’ve never thought it would be all that difficult to try and convict terorists in civilian court, but I’d feel better about the system if some of these terrorists were occasionally acquitted of a couple of charges.

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