The WSJ had two stories today about our former Bradley student accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent. “He is a member of al Qaeda who trained at Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. In the summer of 2001, he met with Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, then traveled to the U.S. just prior to those attacks to serve as an al Qaeda sleeper agent. The government believes he was intended to be part of a second wave of attacks on our country and was seeking ways to disrupt the U.S. financial system. After he was arrested, the government searched his computer and found materials related to chemical weapons, jihad, and al Qaeda, as well as 1,000 credit card numbers.
Now the Fourth Circuit panel held that, despite the determination of former Bradley student Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, is an enemy combatant waging war against the U.S., he is instead a ‘civilian”, who can only be treated as an ordinary criminal.” The JS headline in yesterday's JS says “Al Marri scores “landmark victory”. Noting that the article was written by JS reporter Andy Kravetz, I can see how this could be interpreted by a far left wing local reporter as a victory for a potential killer caught before he could kill any and all U.S. citizens. Kravetz is the same reporter who seven years ago wanted to make a black aggressor into a victim of a “rich” white man by deliberately changing the wording of a police report which he then had printed in the JS. It took a libel threat to Editor Jack Brimeyer before the JS issued a correction. Then they buried the correction where few would see it in Section B, p. 11, lower left hand corner.
Actually, this is a huge setback to our war on terrorists in the U.S. The WSJ calls the U.S. a “Terrorist Safe Haven” and an editorial by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board is titled, “Al Qaeda’s American Harbor”. The editors note that both judges who made the ruling are Bill Clinton nominees. The editorial also point out that there are few defined battlefields in the war on terror. So for new home grown terrorist recruits, the Fourth Circuit decision is great news: If you join the al Qaeda today, and get your training outside a wartime-environment, any violent acts you commit against the U. S. cannot qualify you as an enemy combatant or subject you to the system of military interrogation. You will instead be prosecuted in the U.S. criminal justice system, more costly and far more lenient than the military.
Expect this decision to be overturned by appeal and if it is not, expect the al Qaeda sleeper cell that still remains in the Peoria area to become more emboldened especially if a populist like Obama or a tort attorney like Edwards would by apathy and pacifism become President of this country.
In an earlier blog, I told you I saw a young adult using a Computer at Lakeview Library to learn how to create a Social Security card. He was linked to what appeared to be a recording device.
We mistakenly believe that if we are a compassionate faith based nation that bad things like 9/11, bad people like suicide bombers, the situation in Iran, the Hamas, the Fatah, the Hezbollah and Osama would have never happened and we can go on leading a life of contentment. You bad people stay away from us and we will let you alone.
Another article in today’s WSJ titled “Refugee Scandal” details the problems of legal entry of those Iraqi’s who risked their lives to protect our people in Iraq. These Iraqi citizens are being killed daily in Iraq by terrorists who kill all their own who are helping us in liberating their own country. Under constant threat of death, they are being denied legal entry into this “compassionate” United States while our government spends their time determing how to legalize those who committed criminal acts by illegally entering our country.