December 4, 2008, - 12:15 pm

Terrorist’s Lawsuit Against Prosecutor, FBI Agent Proceeds: An Omen of What’s to Come When Obama Closes Gitmo

By Debbie Schlussel
The case of Karim Koubriti v. Richard Convertino and Michael Thomas is illuminating about what will happen–what we will see a lot of–if and when Barack Obama closes the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and releases some of the terrorists onto U.S. soil (because no other country will take them).
Koubriti was a convicted Al-Qaeda terrorists, until vengeful, jealous, politically-correct “Justice” Department officials and an unhinged federal judge, Gerald Rosen, worked in concert with Koubriti and other terrorists’ lawyers to overturn the jury conviction.
Longtime readers of this site and my work elsewhere are familiar with the case of Convertino, about whom I first wrote in a 2003 New York Post column, reprinted here.


Former Prosecutor Rick Convertino

Sued by Al-Qaeda Terrorist Karim Koubriti

Despite everyone at the Justice Department working against him, Convertino prosecuted and convicted several Detroit Al-Qaeda terrorists who had diagrams of the take-off order of American and Israeli planes–AWACS and F-16s–at the U.S. Airforce Base in Incirlik, Turkey. They also had videotape of several U.S. sites, including Disneyland and Las Vegas, which featured some of them singing songs about jihad. They’d planned to blow up all of these places and a hospital in Jordan.
The men and their plans were discovered when FBI agents were looking for Nabil Al-Marabh, a Bin Laden right-hand man, who was in the top 10 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Al-Marabh was not at home in the apartment at the house on Detroit’s Norman Street, but Koubriti and several others were. And their plans, diagrams, and over 100 jihadist videos were discovered by agents.
Convertino, despite all odds, won convictions of most of the terrorists in the first post-9/11 jury trial for terrorists. But we can’t have that.
Convertino’s boss, then-U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins, was in bed with Islamic extremsists and terrorists to the point that he was the date of a “former” Islamic terrorist at an awards banquet. He was upset that Convertino obtained a conviction that implicated local Muslim and Arab agencies, including ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), which spent thousands in your tax money to provide job training–Commercial Drivers License and HAZMAT Hauling Certificate training, no less!–to the terrorists. And Collins and Convertino’s colleagues were jealous of his positive attention in the press all over the world for the convictions.
So Collins and Justice Department officials worked with the convicted terrorists’ attorneys to look for ways to overturn Convertino’s convictions and ruin his life. And they succeeded.
Within days, the Detroit and national media were rife with daily attack stories savaging this honest, decent, religious Catholic father of five, whose only crime was to convict Islamic terrorists for trying to attack America. A Justice Department official–believed to be Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon Tukel–even outed a Muslim confidential informant who helped on the case and jeopardized the man’s life, all to get back at Convertino. The informant’s name appeared on the front page of Detroit’s major newspapers. (I represented the informant in an unrelated matter.)
Next, they got the Judge to overturn the convictions of these terrorists over a red herring. And finally, they prosecuted Convertino.
Imagine this: You are a federal prosecutor who worked day and night to convict people who wanted to murder Americans. And suddenly, the feds are prosecuting you for having done so.
Convertino beat the charges. Jurors, for a second time, said that clearly these men were terrorists and that Convertino saved American lives by prosecuting them.
But, despite that, the witchhunt doesn’t end there. And this is where the Al-Qaeda terrorists at Gitmo should take note.
Koubriti is suing Convertino and FBI Agent Michael Thomas. Yesterday, Judge Marianne O. Battani ruled that–despite, federal immunity rules that immunize officials from personal lawsuits over the performance of said federal duties–Koubriti’s absurd lawsuit will go on. You’ll remember that Battani is the judge who also declined to throw the bookat a Muslim Hezbollah supporter who threatened to rape and kill me for being a Jew and exercising my First Amendment rights.
Imagine the message this sends to all federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents. It’s chilling–Don’t go after terrorists, or you’ll be subject to endless, baseless civil lawsuits from them.
The Battani decision is boneheaded, absurd, and–hello . . .–it’s against the law which clearly provides immunity to Convertino and Agent Thomas.
This is exactly what the Gitmo detainees whose countries won’t take them will do when they get to settle on U.S. soil. That’s where things are heading.
And that’s the future of America. Over ten years ago, I wrote about the litigation jihad. Since then, many others who’ve discovered America, have discovered this issue.
And it is only going to get worse.
The Koubriti lawsuit against Rick Convertino and Mike Thomas is only the beginning.
When Obama closes Gitmo, get ready for our courts to get clogged by more lawsuits from the Ahmeds, Mohammeds, and Mahmouds–former residents of a Cuban beachside resort full of video games, movies and La-Z-Boys.
Meanwhile, “former” Al-Qaeda terrorists Karim Koubriti drives a truck throughout Michigan . . . while he waits to collect his cool, former-terrorist-ambulance-chasing cash.
Muslims call this “Halal money.” I call it, Al-Cha-ching. In many ways, it’s more powerful and dangerous than the most explosive IED.
Rick Convertino isn’t just sitting back and taking this lightly. He sued the federal government and his lawsuit is proceeding. One sticking point is Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, who–despite Convertino’s pleas–published the name of and outed a Muslim confidential informant in the case and jeopardized his life. Ashenfelter is repeatedly fighting his required presence and answers to questions at a deposition.
The deposition is scheduled for Monday. He must answer questions regarding all of the federal officials who leaked confidential information to him about Convertino and the Muslim informant. If he doesn’t, he should get the same fate as Judith Miller. That’s the law.

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14 Responses

“Al-Cha-ching” LOL …
Once Obama closes down Gitmo, puts an end to water boarding and the like, as well as, shut down all and any kind of surveillance … he had better pray to the Almighty (which is himself) that the U.S. is not attacked by terrorist … otherwise, he’s fried, Sec of State Clinton resigns, and then kicks his ass in the primaries for 2012.
Jimmy Lewis
SCS, Michigan

Jimmy on December 4, 2008 at 1:24 pm

” … Imagine the message this sends to all federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents. It’s chilling–Don’t go after terrorists, or you’ll be subject to endless, baseless civil lawsuits from them. … ”
the message will be unfortunately loud and clear
just kill them and take no prisoners,
and be done with,
you *tried* to do it without taking life, but the loony liberal left just won’t let you ….

exdemexlib on December 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

It is so SIMPLE. Use our planes to blow us up. Use our own idealism and conscience to paralyze our will, use our oil money to subvert and corrupt us, use our courts, government institutions and laws to render us impotent.

poetcomic1 on December 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Now that the fifth column of interference runners for the jihadists are in charge sit back and wait for Americans to start dying in the USA. And don’t kid yourself, the fifth column up to and including the big BO himself will use every American death to increase their power over us.

arius on December 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm

The lawyers who are filing these lawsuits want to see the breakdown of this country at all costs. They obviously feel more empowered as KING HUSSEIN COBRAMA takes office. COBRAMA’S new AG Eric Holder will not prosecute any terrorists and the AG office will be nothing but a annex of the ACLU. The voters dont want to know about all this because they just want to feel good about voting for “their Messiah” COBRAMA.
When we get attacked again and they find out they had a link with the same players, all we can say is “We Told You So”.
Thanks Deb, for keeping us informed.

californiascreaming on December 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Can’t wait till the jihadists start roasting some of these cocksuckers. But then again, perhaps a few good men who believe in the 2nd amendment could take matters in their own hands to safe the day.
Things are coming to a head….

sheik yer'mami on December 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I fail to understand why judges, that willfully commit ultra vires acts, are permitted to remain on the bench. They are no different than a thief, or masked thug, and should be treated as such.
The crappy term that judges hide behind of judicial independence is exactly that, crap. The term was invented by these funny black dressed thugs, and can’t be found anywhere in the Constitution.

Jackson Pearson on December 5, 2008 at 12:05 am

Why judges, attorneys general, et al., all of whom are high-level government employees, would actively attempt to aid and abet the sworn enemies of this country, is unfathomable to a sane person. Worse, there are evidently many within our government who are afflicted by this severe mental disorder. While this phenomenon urgently needs to be studied and understood, this aspect of the problem is superseded by the fact that these perverted individuals – judges, attorneys general – the list is ghastly long – who are supposed to protect us – are in fact placing us in terrible danger, willfully and enthusiastically. The extent to which evil, corruption, cupidity, and sheer downright stupidity affect the justice department, and allied departments such as Homeland Security/ICE, is clear, and is nightmarish. And I reserve my greatest astonishment, and disgust, for the Jewish enablers, apologists, and supporters of the Muslim murderers (i.e. those who are waging jihad against us, and who are doing so because they, unlike their more passive coreligionists, have more of a commitment to carry out what Allah, through his intermediary Muhammed, has commanded) – Chertoff, Moskowitz, Rosen…the list, once again, is ghastly long. As a individual of Jewish background, I find this particularly appalling, as well as baffling. Throw the book at all of ’em. Indict them. Try them for sedition, for treason. Hopefully, in a sane world, they will be found guilty, and I personally do not care if they are all executed. But before the sentences are carried out, let them be properly educated, finally, about Islam, and its inherent, virulent antisemitism; its fourteen hundred year old history of persecution, of murder, of villification of Jews as The Vilest of Creatures, as per the Koran. Let them learn what they should have learned while they were salaried government employees charged with protecting the populace, but were too lazy, to busy, to arrogant to do so, or too corrupt. Then, after allowing some time to let what they have finally learned sink in and be fully understood, fully digested, let them, in a contrite state (if any of them are capable, that is, of contrition), be led to the gallows and have done with it.

commonsense on December 5, 2008 at 1:48 am

Correcting typos above: “…too lazy, too busy, too arrogant…”

commonsense on December 5, 2008 at 1:55 am

This is typical of the Left in this Nation but I am getting a little tired of the whole Truck Driver terrorist thing. There has not been one instance of a truck (Class 8) used in this nation as a weapon of mass destruction Also what is a HAZMAT Certificate? Hazmat is an endorsement that takes 20 minutes to read about from the Drivers Manual then take a simple test. a test SO simple mind you that I passed it with out ever reading the chapter. Plus now because of this “the sky is falling” attitude us drivers now have to pay the Government around 100 bucks every two years to retain our hazmat endorsement. This is just more of the nonsense that is the “Patriot Act” which has done nothing to stop terrorism. It’s only use is the inconvenience of American Citizens in order to pacify they sheep in this Nation.
Do you REALLY think someone who wanted to use a Class 8 truck as a weapon would really go about doing it legally? It’s not a complicated thing. If you can drive a standard shift car you can drive a truck well enough to blow something up.
Us truck Drivers are not going to be your scapegoats. In the 60’s and 70’s you made us out to be worse than the Hells Angels because it was politically correct. Yet without us you would have nothing. No Food, No Clothes, No Computers or Big Screen TV’s and without Hazmat Drivers you would have no fuel, paint, diapers, bleach, or the millions of other chemicals you have in your house. Go after the terrorists but leave us out of it

Marty Fee on December 5, 2008 at 8:02 am


gunjam on December 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

I love you for your courage and your clarity of thinking, Debbie! This is a most troubling story (on a number of levels), and where else can I learn these things — other than on your blog? This story doesn’t have just one “bad guy.” There is a true rogues gallery on display here. However, I do want to say that the number of REALLY BAD decisions rendered by FEMALE judges in the past three years has been extremely over-indexed (disproportionate). I think very few women have the temperament to be judges. You, Debbie, are one of those few: Love to see you sit on the bench some day. Better yet, I’d love to see you be appointed to a VERY high level position in the White House, DoJ, DoD, or DHS someday! Someone with your insight, guts, clarity, and sense of justice is needed at that level!

gunjam on December 5, 2008 at 10:46 am

The saddest thing of all is …………you guys elected Obama! It’s the same here in Ireland; we elect all sorts to government in every election. I seriously consider that there should be a movement to get rid of universal suffrage in democracies: we should limit the right to vote by having some sort of basic intelligence test to qualify. This maybe sounds somewhat elitist, but why oh why should we allow a majority of brainless twits to vote into power somebody whose only qualifications appear to be that he looks OK, can make a good speech(written by somebody else)from a prompter, and is so overbearingly arrogant that the masses interpret this as “charisma”? God Bless America! Eamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

Eamonn,Dublin on December 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm

A few of you Irish have got it right! The only thing you need to vote in the USA is a pulse…and in Chicago, you don’t even need that. Sadly, the nation is a sum of it’s parts. Some of us don’t fit into the parts.

arejaymack on December 5, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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