It should come as no surprise that Ahmed Ghailani was acquitted on 285 of 286 charges relating to his involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 262 people. This trial highlights the fact that the American criminal justice system is no place to try Guantanamo Bay detainees, aka enemy combatants. It also is the cause of criticism directed to Attorney General Holder to step down.
Bringing Club Gitmo detainees to trial in New York is just a continuance of Eric Holder’s defense (as opposed to prosecution) of these enemy combatants. Defending them is what he did at his New York law firm Covington & Burling. That the trial of these Islamic extremists is more politically motivated (in Obama’s mind) than constitutionally motivated (to protect and defend) is evident when you consider that eight years ago, Holder was of the position that the Gitmo detainees did not qualify for protection under the Geneva Convention. The right and only place for their trials is via a military tribunal at Club Gitmo.
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