December 3, 2008, - 11:47 am

Hmmm . . . Maybe This is Another Big Hint . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . .Why Islamic Terrorists Should Be Treated as Enemy Combatants and not put in our lame criminal justice system:

A reputed former leader of Al Qaeda who is serving 32 years in prison for stabbing a jail guard in 2000 must be resentenced, a federal appeals panel in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday, because a judge wrongly concluded that the man’s crime did not meet the legal standard for terrorism.
Federal prosecutors, who argued that the attack met the standard for terrorism, had sought a life sentence for the defendant, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim. Officials have described him as a founder of Al Qaeda and a former top aide to Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Salim pleaded guilty to stabbing the guard, Louis Pepe, in 2002.


Mamdou Mahmud Salim, Al-Qaeda Savage

Prosecutors said that the stabbing was part of a fruitless plan to take hostages and escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Pepe, who was stabbed in the eye, was left with severe brain damage.
At the time of the stabbing, Mr. Salim was awaiting trial in a terrorist conspiracy case stemming from the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa, in which 224 people were killed.
He later testified that he had become frustrated with his lawyers, and stabbed Mr. Pepe so he could take his keys, unlock a visitors’ room, and attack his lawyers so they would withdraw from his case.

Two things:
1) Had this cretin been classified as an enemy combatant, perhaps he could have been kept in Gitmo, instead of tried and sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A prison guard might still have sight in both eyes and not have brain damage.
2) If we didn’t treat these guys as criminals, but as the high-risk national security problems they are, he wouldn’t have endless appeals in court, and this case wouldn’t even be in the news, regardless of the fact that the Court of Appeals got it right.

2 Responses

… and 3) he wouldn’t be costing us, the taxpayers of this country, our hard earned dollars. What a joke … they ARE, pure and simple, enemy conbatants.
Jimmy Lewis
SCS, Michigan

Jimmy on December 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This is in the Federal court system. There is a death penalty available for terrorism in the Federal system, iirc. Why aren’t the prosecutors demanding the death penalty in this case?

chsw on December 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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