-By Warner Todd Huston
Did you know that a suspected Somali terrorist was sneaked into a U.S. criminal court in New York City over the July 4th holiday? Most people don’t. While we were all distracted by celebrating our Independence Day President Obama was sneaking foreign terrorists into our civil court system instead of taking him to Guantanamo.
A few weeks ago, Reuters reported that Somali terrorist Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was brought to New York City to face criminal charges in our home-based court system on July 4th, yet.
Warsame was captured in April in the Gulf region and was held aboard a U.S. Naval ship until July being questioned by the military and the FBI.
The Obama administration did not tell the American people ahead of time that a terrorist was being placed in our civil court system. This is precisely the situation that Guantanamo facility was created to prevent. Our court system couldn’t put murders like Casey Anthony and OJ Simpson away but Obama is going to start bringing terrorists into our homeland and into our deeply flawed courts?
Even left leaning Senator Susan Collins* (R, MA) thought this was a bad idea. “A foreign national who fought on behalf of al Shabaab in Somalia – and who was captured by our military overseas – should be tried in a military commission, not a federal civilian court in New York or anywhere else in our country,” Collins said in a statement.
A week after Obama and his Dept. of Justice sneaked terrorist Warsame into New York City, 23 senators registered their alarm by sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
“We are very concerned that this policy appears to be a circumvention of the clear intent of many in Congress that terrorists captured abroad under the Authorization for Use of Military Force should not be brought into the United States for trial,” wrote the senators, led by John McCain of Arizona, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader.
As I said, the Guantanamo Bay facility was created specifically to keep foreign terrorists off American soil yet here is Obama using the cover of a holiday to sneak a terrorist into our civil courts? It truly is an “intolerable situation,” as Collins said.
Is this what we are to expect, then? For Obama to start depositing one terrorist after another right on America’s homeland? All without notice to us that this is what he is doing?
Who doesn’t bet that most of these people will be acquitted and then let go free right here in our own backyards? After all, U.S. Criminal courts require a far stricter burden of proof than military trials do. Worse, much of the proof that the CIA or FBI finds on a terrorist will not be allowed in court for fear that it will hurt national security and in that case much of the real evidence will go unsaid in the courtroom.
So, essentially, Obama is setting up a situation where foreign terrorists will be allowed to roam free right here at home because the government will most likely fail to convict them.
First Obama has tried his hardest to destroy our economy. Now he’s bringing terrorists to roam our country at will. Who is this man working for, anyway? It sure as heck ain’t U.S.!
*(As an aside, I find it amusing that most of Maine is so out of touch with high speed Internet service that the Senator’s webpage has a welcome page where you can pick which sort of service you have: “high speed,” or “low speed.” For those unaware, the upper half of Maine may as well be the wilderness. There are few roads, few cell phone towers, heck, even their power comes from the Canadian grid and not our own!)