Thursday, June 14, 2007

al Qaeda Cell Still in Peoria?

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.

11 comments:

joan said...

right on merle widmer.

Joan

merlewidmer@msn.com said...

If you read Joe Lieberman's column in today's WSJ, Mr. Lieberman, who I like, repeated what many who are in service in Iraq are saying, that the al Qadea invaders from other countries are the ones trying to foment civil war. I haven't posted much on Iraq but I will post more later.

It was easy to get in, awfully harad to get out.

Anonymous said...

Rick Baker would have had some difficulty with this post, I think. He was a true believer in the American justice system. I could quote. The right to a fair and speedy trial. No matter what the evidence against the suspect. If it's that obvious, it'll be that obvious.

Remember how your Republican governor decided to declare a moratorium on the death penalty? All puns aside. A moratorium which still stands.

So let's not lynch anybody just yet. If he's guilty, I'd much rather see him stand in the corner for a while.

Time will tell, usually better than people can.

Brad Carter said...

Just think, if our gutless Congress persons would have done their jobs, ie. declare war on Iraq and Afghanistan, there would be no legal issues with enemy combatants. This is just one of several issues that arise when the Constitutional process is not followed.

AdamB said...

I can't wait for the day when the military picks you up, doesn't specify any charges, and holds you indefinitely.

Civil rights are what makes America so great. Thanks for reminding me why the WSJ has no credibility.

What evidence do you have of a sleeper cell in Peoria? Or are you simply trying to stir up unsubstantiated fear for political advantage?

You can keep your witch hunt and lynch mob--Peoria will not be made into Salem.

merle widmer said...

Adamb

The Wall Street Journal has more credibility than any newspaper I have ever read. Probably, your favorite newpapers are the New York Times, the Washington Times and all Copley papers. And I'll bet you favorite magazine is the Times. You probably don't read the Economist because it is pretty deep reading. And you are probably a regular watching CNN and MTV.

As to the holding of this "male" and paying his $100,000.00 a year room, board, medical, ect.; if our justice system could have made up it's mind years ago whether or not he should be tried under a military tribunal, which most thinking citizens believe, instead of a civilian "court" this man who would have dead five years in some countries you seem to admire. He would have long ago been out of the news.

It's his "friends" who may still be in Peoria that I'm most concerned about.

merle widmer said...

Anony,

George Ryan was hardly "my" governor. The Republican party is hardly the party that I want it to be.

In fact, I vote for the individual and have never voted a straght party line in memory.

Not true with you Democrats. Most Democrats would have voted for Blago as governor, even if he was Marion Barry.

I support the death penalty, I'll blog on it right now.

AdamB said...

Probably, your favorite newpapers are the New York Times, the Washington Times and all Copley papers. And I'll bet you favorite magazine is the Times. You probably don't read the Economist because it is pretty deep reading. And you are probably a regular watching CNN and MTV.

I'm sorry to report that you are wrong on all counts. Not only do I read The Economist, but in fact I am a professional economist. I have no favorite newpaper and I don't own a television. I haven't watched TV for at least the past 10 months or so.

If making sweeping generalizations makes you feel better, by all means continue. I am embarrassed for you.

Anonymous said...

AdamB

Your background says you are a recent graduate of Notre Dame (which is suspect) and that you have been "off work" for 10 months which is believable.

They say since your "sporting" accident, you haven't quite been the same. Sorry.

Best to stay in Indiana and not return to Peoria.

You have made no mark in life and are trying to make one on other peoples blog sites. Contacts tell me you and your racer boyfriend are very "close". I don't see many comments on your site but maybe they will pick up soon.

AdamB said...

Wrong on all counts.

Anonymous insults are one of the best ways to reveal oneself a gutless oaf.

James H. said...

""At 11:43 AM, Anonymous said..."

..."Rick Baker would have had some difficulty with this post, I think. He was a true believer in the American justice system. I could quote. The right to a fair and speedy trial. No matter what the evidence against the suspect. If it's that obvious, it'll be that obvious."

Rick Baker was a jerk.

How do you explain the OJ Simpson trial? Or the Rodney King cop trial? Get a jury full of idiots like you and we have a free Kalid Sheik Mohammad or Al Marri both who wish to cut your infidel head off because of Israel and for Palestine, Islam and Sharia law.