Ahmed Ghailani is the first Guantanamo terror suspect brought to the U.S. by President Obama. Ghailani claims his U.S. rights were violated - even though he lived and was picked up in a foreign country suspected of being an al-Qaeda terrorist who aided the bombing of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.
Giving U.S. rights to terrorists that want to kill us is the liberal way:
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have asked a judge to reject claims by a man accused of terrorism that his nearly five years of detention in the C.I.A.’s secret jails and later at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, violated his right to a speedy trial, according to a court document filed Friday night.
The document responds to arguments made by lawyers for the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, that the charges against him should be dropped because of the delay in bringing him to trial.
Mr. Ghailani, a Tanzanian, has been charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people. He has pleaded not guilty.
In their memorandum, prosecutors told Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of Federal District Court that after the embassy attacks, Mr. Ghailani had spent nearly six years as a fugitive, working with Qaeda terrorists and developing a close relationship with Osama bin Laden. “The defendant was a longstanding Al Qaeda terrorist,” the prosecutors wrote.
“The United States was, and still is, at war with Al Qaeda,” they said.
The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan was appointed by Clinton. It's unclear if he has ever presided over a domestic terrorist case - let alone a foreign national terrorist suspect picked up in a foreign country.
Criminalizing a war is beyond foolish.
...Ghailani was eventually charged in 2008 by the military commissions, but that proceeding was stalled after President Obama took office. Ghailani’s case was transferred to a civilian federal court in May.
“We respectfully submit that this case presents possibly the most unique and egregious example of a speedy trial violation in American jurisprudence to date,” Ghailani’s lawyers wrote in their brief.