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  • Gay Totalitarians in Texas

    10/15/2014 9:27:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Churches have received subpoenas issued by the city of Houston demanding copies of sermons. Houston is probing opposition to a ballot referendum pertaining to an ordinance proposing a local discrimination law affecting gays. (Bryan Preston posted this summary of the lawlessness taking place in Houston.) Over 50,000 petition signatures were gathered opposing the ordinance. Now the city, run by the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is retaliating and demanding that churches turn over sermons. You read that correctly. This is the sort of government behavior that used to be confined to two-bit third-world regimes. The gay rights movement was...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • Top Arabic Jihadi forums, 05 June 2011

    06/04/2011 4:30:34 PM PDT · by Cindy · 49 replies ^ | June 4, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Note: PWP stands for PassWord-Protected, meaning that a login is required to view - let alone participate in - discussions. Since some in the audience don't understand the significance of this, allow me to spell it out: if only members can read the forum, then anyone observed reading the forum is a member. They have zero deniability (they couldn't have accidentally "wandered into" the site), and they had to make the effort to join (an expression of intent). While the goal here is to present a range of sites, the fact is that the jihadis themselves have largely coalesced...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • Justice Department on So-called ”Al Qaeda Seven”: We Will Not Participate in An Attempt to Drag.....

    03/03/2010 2:13:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 672+ views
    ustice Department on So-called ”Al Qaeda Seven”: We Will Not Participate in An Attempt to Drag People’s Names Through the Mud March 03, 2010 4:19 PM For several weeks, Republican lawmakers and a conservative group have been attacking the Justice Department for refusing to reveal the names of nine officials who have in some way advocated for or represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay. "The administration has made many highly questionable decisions when it comes to national security, " Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a recent statement, arguing that the public has “a right to know who advises the Attorney...
  • Young Female Islamist Denial- Muslima activist pleads ignorance about bigoted texts, terrorism

    07/10/2009 5:30:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 755+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-10-09 | Joe Kaufman
    Young Female Islamist Denial By: Joe Kaufman | Friday, July 10, 2009   Earlier this year, I wrote of a young female leader from the Muslim American Society (MAS), Mashal Azhar, and of the e-mails that she had sent me. She was upset at my group’s slogan, “Fighting Hate with Truth.” She had believed it was dishonest. She was mistaken. In the course of our correspondence, Azhar was unusually candid in describing her and her group’s goal of creating a new America and bringing her brand of Islam to the masses. Recently, I had the opportunity to communicate with...
  • American on terrorist charges has links with al Qa'eda, court told

    08/25/2009 7:35:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 353+ views
    THE ^ | Last Updated: August 24. 2009 10:31PM UAE | Marten Youssef, Courts and Justice Reporter
    SNIPPET: "ABU DHABI // A Lebanese American who faces terrorism charges is linked to al Qa’eda, the Federal Supreme Court was told yesterday. Naji Hamdan, 43, is charged with promoting terrorism, participating in the work of a terrorist organisation and funding a terrorist organisation. Details of the charges, all relating to alleged activity outside the UAE, emerged for the first time yesterday. A lawyer for the State Security Public Prosecution told the court: “Naji Hamdan is directly linked to Ansar al-Sunna and al Qa’eda members through electronic communication.” Ansar al-Sunna is a militant Sunni faction in Iraq connected to al...
  • Hamas: Obama doesn't represent change

    01/22/2009 11:23:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 765+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 23, 2009 | The Jerusalem Post
    Hamas said Thursday that US President Barack Obama's position toward the Palestinians does not represent change and will lead to the same mistakes as his predecessor, shortly after the new leader made his first public comments on the Gaza crisis since his inauguration. Obama said the cease-fire that recently ended the three week Israeli offensive in Gaza can only hold if Hamas stops firing rockets, Israel completes its withdrawal from Gaza and the US and its allies support an anti-smuggling system that prevents the Palestinian group from rearming. Beirut-based Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan dismissed the new president's comments, saying "Obama...
  • Cabinet Passes Unilateral Ceasefire

    01/17/2009 1:00:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 47 replies · 1,167+ views ^ | Reported: 22:50 PM - Jan/17/09 | n/a
    ( The cabinet has voted to accept a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza. Two ministers voted against the proposal and one abstained from voting.
  • Bin Laden driver released from Guantanamo, headed home

    01/15/2009 9:54:18 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 9 replies · 521+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | Jan. 13, 2009 | Carol Rosenberg
    The Pentagon early Tuesday morning sent Osama bin Laden's driver home to Yemen, a month before the first Guantanamo captive convicted of war crimes by a military jury completed his 66-month prison sentence. Salim Hamdan, 40, had been held prisoner by American forces for seven years. He was being returned to his homeland under a diplomatic deal that will have him finish his sentence in detention in his homeland, according to military sources familiar with the arrangement.
  • Yemen frees bin Laden driver after jail term ends

    01/11/2009 3:10:00 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 4 replies · 445+ views
    usdaily ^ | By Reuters
    SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen has freed Osama bin Laden's former driver after he served out his prison term following his return home from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in November, his lawyer said on Sunday. "Salim Hamdan was released on Thursday to live with his family in Sanaa," attorney Khaled al-Ansi told Reuters. He said Hamdan had signed a pledge not to commit any violent acts.
  • Bin Laden's Driver Transferred

    11/25/2008 7:26:39 PM PST · by jim-x · 9 replies · 489+ views
    DoD News Release ^ | 25 November 2008 | U.S. Department of Defense
    The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Salim Hamdan from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen.
  • Alleged Bin Laden Driver Headed for Yemen [Serve Out Sentence in Home Country......]

    11/24/2008 6:22:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 3 replies · 273+ views
    Alleged Bin Laden Driver Headed for Yemen Convicted Gitmo Detainee to Serve Out Sentence in Home Country By LUIS MARTINEZ WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2008— Convicted Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan will soon be extradited to his home country of Yemen to serve out the remainder of the five-month term imposed by a military commission this summer for his material support of terrorism, ABC News has learned. At year's end, when his sentence is over, it will be up to Yemen to decide what, if any, restrictions on his freedom will be imposed, a senior defense official told ABC News. The man,...
  • Osama Bin Laden's driver Salim Hamdan leaving Guantanamo Bay - report

    11/24/2008 6:20:46 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 588+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 November 2008
    OSAMA bin Laden's former driver Salim Hamdan will be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay to Yemen, CNN has reported citing unnamed US sources. A jury of six US military officers at a Guantanamo terrorism trial in August sentenced Hamdan to five years and six months in prison for supporting terrorism - which taking into account time served, amounted to only an additional five months. The Pentagon refused to confirm the report. "In general we don't talk about transfers until they are completed," Pentagon spokesman Mark Ballesteros said. Hamdan, a native of Yemen and about 40 years old, was picked up...
  • Deroy Murdock: Gitmo's Wrist-Slap Justice: No Way to Fight War on Terror

    08/18/2008 5:39:07 AM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 193+ views ^ | 08/18/2008 | Deroy Murdock
    Five months in jail for driving Mr. bin Laden? Only in America! Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former chauffeur, recently won an appallingly light sentence for aiding al-Qaeda. Hamdan’s apologists call him a hapless, innocent motorist. If so, anyone steering a bank-job getaway car is “just a driver.” Hamdan is no naďf. He is a camp-trained al-Qaeda member who a Guantanamo military tribunal convicted of giving “material support” to America’s chief enemy in the War on Terror. Hamdan transported weapons (including two shoulder-launched missiles with which he was caught), drove and hid bin Laden, and guarded this mass murderer with...
  • Mr. Hamdan, We're Ready For Your Closeup [George Clooney’s production company has just purchased]

    08/17/2008 9:49:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 183+ views
    Mr. Hamdan, We're Ready For Your Closeup Aug. 17, 2008(CBS) Attorney Andrew Cohen analyzes legal issues for CBS News and course George Clooney’s production company has just purchased the rights to a book written about Salim Hamdan, the most famous mechanic and driver in the history of the world. The sensitive star knows a good story when he sees one, and Hamdan’s story (the final chapters of which have yet to be written) over the past six years surely ranks as one of the best of the decade. Hamdan drove Osama bin Laden for a while (imaging having that...

    08/15/2008 11:32:34 AM PDT · by Righting · 129+ views
    Obama The Danger! ^ | August, 2008
    THE DISGUSTING ['APPEASEMENT'] SONG BY NPRAugust 11, 2008 What is it about the bad guys that provoke "compassion" from NPR type of journalists? Regarding the case against Bin Laden's driver: Salim Hamdan, though only having a short time to serve under the current verdict, he still might be held indefinitely according the Bush's administration as an 'enemy combatant', John Mcchesni of NPR 'lamented' that the jury will be very disappointed if that happens. Juror Questions U.S. Pursuit Of Salim Hamdan : NPR's John McChesney has this exclusive interview ... Rhetorical question, Does Mr. Michesni think that these type of...
  • Russia, China and Gitmo: A Contrast in Human Rights

    08/14/2008 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 159+ views ^ | August 14, 2008 | Ken Blackwell
    Last week saw three human rights episodes play out in Russia, China and the United States. These events show us how America stacks up against the rest of the world. This past week the world saw the resurgent danger of the old Soviet Union in the modern Russian Federation. Russian military forces invaded the sovereign neighboring nation of Georgia. Although Russia claims to be aiding people in the disputed Georgian province of South Ossetia, the reality is that covert Russian agents have been fomenting upheaval, and Russia had been moving forces into place for this invasion. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin...
  • Infidel George Clooney Wants to Make Osama’s Driver a Star

    08/12/2008 7:49:04 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 14 replies · 302+ views
    Jossip ^ | Aug 12, 2008 | David Hauslaib
    Salim Hamdan was just sentenced to five and half years for chauffeuring Osama bin Laden through McDonald’s drive-thrus, or whatever the Afghani equivalent is, while he plotted the 9/11 attacks. Hamdan has been holed up in Guantanamo Bay for over five years without a trial, so he’s actually eligible for release in five months, although Bush & Co. have threatened to hold him indefinitely after he has served him time. The media has been all over the story because 1) Not every programming minute can be filled by the Olympics; and 2) It potentially sets a precedent for suspected terrorists...
  • Obama backer George Clooney plans a movie on Osama bin Laden's driver

    08/12/2008 12:15:20 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 24 replies · 162+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug. 11, 2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    George Clooney, one of Hollywood's most prominent backers of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president, has bought the movie rights to tell the story of Osama bin Laden's driver. According to the report in the Guardian, the book sympathetically portrays Hamdan and his Navy lawyer, Charles Swift, as the little guys up against the powerful forces of the United States government. Clooney, who is reportedly offering policy and speaking advice plus also helping Obama raise money from within the wealthy, liberal Hollywood community, is said to covet the role of Swift for himself.
  • Hamdan Verdict In The Eye Of The Beholder

    08/11/2008 7:06:31 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 113+ views
    Blogger News Network ^ | August 11, 2008 | The Stiletto
    An officer who served on the Guantánamo Bay military jury that convicted Salim Hamdan of providing material support for terrorism and sentenced to five months imprisonment on top of 61 months he has already spent in confinement at the military base awaiting trial tells The Wall Street Journal that the evidence against Osama bin Laden's former driver “simply didn't support prosecutors' depiction of a hard-core al Qaeda terrorist who hates America and its way of life” and that “along the spectrum” of terrorist activity, Hamdan fell on the “less significant end.”According to The Journal, this juror also insisted that the...
  • Clooney's company buys rights to story of bin Laden's driver

    08/10/2008 12:15:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies · 217+ views
    CBC ^ | 8/10/2008 | Unattributed
    Hollywood A-lister George Clooney is planning to bring the story of Osama bin Laden's driver to the big screen. The actor's production company, Smokehouse, has bought the rights to a book about Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, according to The Observer newspaper. The Challenge by journalist Jonathan Mahler chronicles Hamdan's capture and imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay and his subsequent trial, defended by a US navy lawyer, Lt.-Cmdr. Charles Swift. Hamdan, from Yemen, was sentenced last week to 5 1/2 years in jail. It was the first sentence handed down to a Guantanamo Bay detainee by a U.S. military tribunal....
  • George Clooney plans to film story of Bin Laden's driver

    08/10/2008 12:06:26 PM PDT · by Checkers · 16 replies · 206+ views
    guardian ^ | Sunday August 10 2008 | Paul Harris
    George Clooney, already one of Hollywood's leading liberal voices, has embarked on what may be one of his most controversial projects: the story of Osama bin Laden's driver. Clooney's production company, Smokehouse, has bought the rights to a book about Salim Hamdan, an inmate at Guantánamo Bay who last week was sentenced to jail for his role in helping the al-Qaeda leader. The book, The Challenge, is by journalist Jonathan Mahler and tells the story of Hamdan's capture and trial, defended by a US navy lawyer, Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift. It has had a big critical success. Last week Yemen-born...
  • War Crimes System Is Still on Trial (NY Times "News Analysis")

    08/10/2008 11:52:56 AM PDT · by Libertarian444 · 4 replies · 514+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9 AUG 2009 | William Glaberson
    The verdict in the first war crimes trial at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is in: One poorly educated Yemeni, with an impish sense of humor and two little girls, is guilty of supporting terrorism by driving Osama bin Laden. With credit for time served, the sentence is no more than five months. The verdict and the five-and-a-half-year sentence may not have been as severe as the government had hoped for, but it was a green light for a tribunal that the Pentagon plans to use to prosecute as many as 80 detainees, including five men charged as the plotters and coordinators...
  • America owes no quarter to unlawful combatants

    08/10/2008 12:15:44 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 14 replies · 163+ views ^ | August 10, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    I am a former soldier, not a lawyer. I view the recent majority rulings of our Supreme Court concerning unlawful combatants such as in Hamdi, Rasul, Hamdan, and Boumediene as adding, not detracting, to the bloody chaos of war. In addition, the entire debate about using intelligence as evidence against the unlawful combatants, even that which was derived by coercive techniques, is flawed. Perhaps we should not pull the wings off flies like Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed during this War on Terror but misery should be an unlawful combatants only lot in life. Beyond extending our Constitution...
  • New Covert Radio: World Terror Roundup with Bill Roggio

    08/09/2008 8:01:24 AM PDT · by RadioCirca1970 · 11 replies · 153+ views
    Covert Radio Show ^ | 080908 | Brett Winterble
    It is the world terror roundup. Bill Roggio from LWJ checks in to examine Hamdan, Roundups of High Value Targets in Afghanistan, Iraq, China and Russia/Georgia.
  • Disgraceful Hamdan Sentence Calls Military Commissions Into Question

    08/08/2008 9:12:23 PM PDT · by 21stCenturyFreeThinker · 11 replies · 216+ views
    The National Review ^ | August 8, 2008 6:00 AM | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In an astounding finale to the first military-commission trial, Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s personal aide, has been sentenced by a military commission to five-and-a-half years in prison — five-and-a-half years — upon conviction for the war crime of providing material support to al-Qaeda.
  • Bin Laden Driver Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison

    08/07/2008 5:29:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 142+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2008 – The first detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to have his case brought to trial was sentenced today by a military panel there to 66 months in prison for providing material support to terrorism. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who served as Osama bin Laden’s driver, was tried and sentenced under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Following a two-week trial, a military jury yesterday found Hamdan guilty of providing material support to terrorism, but not of the more serious charge of conspiracy. Navy Capt. Keith Allred, the military judge, sentenced him to 66 months confinement but...
  • Media Predictably Condemn Hamdan Terrorism Conviction

    Update: After all the MSM ranting of an unfair trial, Hamdan gets 66 months including five years and a month time already served. As soon as Salim Ahmed Hamdan was convicted Wednesday, July 6, there were several things expected
  • Breaking: Gitmo jury gives bin Laden driver 5 1/2 years

    08/07/2008 2:31:51 PM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 101 replies · 837+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8.7.08
    A military jury gave Osama bin Laden's driver a stunningly lenient sentence on Thursday, making him eligible for release in just five months despite the prosecutors' request for a sentence tough enough to frighten terrorists around the globe.
  • Guilty as sin (Osama's driver)

    08/07/2008 2:34:55 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 216+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 07 2008
    The military tribunal verdict convicting Salim Hamdan of providing material support to terrorism was eminently just. The guy was, after all, Osama Bin Laden's driver, and he was, after all, arrested with two surface-to-air missiles in the back of his car. And there was, after all, the video of a 1998 Al Qaeda news conference for Pakistani journalists that at one point showed Hamdan with a machine gun and at another juncture captured him smiling at Bin Laden. And there were, after all, the undisputed facts that Hamdan fell in with Bin Laden in 1996 and worked with him through...
  • Panel Convicts bin Laden Driver in Split Verdict

    08/07/2008 10:29:40 AM PDT · by jmpmstr4u2 · 8 replies · 189+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 6 AUG 08 | WILLIAM GLABERSON
    GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A panel of six military officers convicted a former driver for Osama bin Laden of one of two war crimes charges on Wednesday but acquitted him of the other, completing the first military commission trial here and the first conducted by the United States since the aftermath of World War II.
  • Are Guantánamo prisoners getting fair trials? (Freep this poll)

    08/07/2008 6:58:03 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 15 replies · 148+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 6, 2008 | NA
    The first al-Qaida suspect charged at Guantánamo was today found guilty of aiding terrorism at a specially convened tribunal. These military commissions, however, have been highly controversial. Do you believe justice is being done at Camp Justice?
  • Outrage as US military convicts Bin Laden's driver of war crimes (Eurotrash alert)

    08/06/2008 4:56:10 PM PDT · by pabianice · 6 replies · 146+ views
    The Independent | 8/6/08
    Can post link only. Your gag reflex is your responsibility.
  • Statement by John McCain on Today's Verdict in the Hamdan Case

    08/06/2008 5:34:38 PM PDT · by flyfree · 1 replies · 82+ views
    johnmccain ^ | August 6, 2008 | John McCain
    ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on today's verdict in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan: "I welcome today's guilty verdict in the first trial held under the Military Commissions Act (MCA). This process of bringing terrorists to justice has been too long delayed, but I'm encouraged that it is finally moving forward. I supported that legislation, which was a good-faith effort by Congress to meet the Supreme Court's direction to establish a process to bring terrorist detainees to trial. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a trusted confidante of Osama Bin Laden, was provided a full hearing...
  • Respecting the Geneva Convention

    08/06/2008 2:41:33 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-06-08 | Wordsmith
    Why is it, that the impression the media leaves me with, is that Hamdan is "just a driver" and a victim of circumstances? Just another tragic pawn and casualty in the illegal and immoral war instigated by the imperialistic, oil-grubbing, human-rights/U.S. Constitution-violating Bush regime? Well, he's been found guilty of supporting terrorism, but acquitted on charges of conspiracy to commit acts of terror. Anyway... Jonathan Mahler writing last Sunday for the NYTimes Magazine: The men in the dock might very well be war criminals, the argument goes, but what about the policy makers and interrogators who violated their rights...
  • Candidates' Statements on the Hamdan Verdict

    08/06/2008 1:48:31 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies · 141+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/6/2008 | Barack Obama and John McCain
    The following is a statement by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on the Military Commission ’s guilty verdict in the Salim Hamdan case. “I commend the military officers who presided over this trial and served on the hearing panel under difficult and unprecedented circumstances. They and all our Armed Forces continue to serve this country with valor in the fight against terrorism. That the Hamdan trial — the first military commission trial with a guilty verdict since 9/11 — took several years of legal challenges to secure a conviction for material support for terrorism underscores the dangerous flaws in the...
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • Guantanamo: Bin Laden Driver Guilty

    08/06/2008 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 13 replies · 128+ views
    Sky News ^ | 08.07.2008 | Sky News
    A military jury convicted Salim Hamdan on charges of providing material support to terrorism at his hearing at Guantanamo Bay. Hamdan was acquitted on additional charges of conspiring with al Qaeda to commit war crimes. The US military accused him of transporting missiles for al Qaeda and helping Bin Laden escape US authorities following the September 11 attacks by driving him around Afghanistan. Hamdan's defence team said he was merely a low-level Bin Laden employee. The Yemeni, who now faces a maximum life sentence, held his head in his hands and wept at the defence table. The White House welcomed...
  • - Breaking- Gitmo Tribunal Has Reached Verdict in Bin Laden-Driver Case

    08/06/2008 7:05:28 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 73 replies · 360+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 6 August 2008
    Gitmo Tribunal Has Reached Verdict in Bin Laden-Driver Case
  • Mistrial avoided, but no verdict yet at Guantanamo

    08/05/2008 6:20:08 PM PDT · by 21stCenturyFreeThinker · 4 replies · 144+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 5, 5:36 PM ET | Jane Sutton
    GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A potential mistrial was avoided in the first Guantanamo trial on Tuesday when the U.S. military judge ruled it was too late to challenge his war crimes instructions to the jury deliberating the case of Osama bin Laden's driver. But the judge acknowledged he may have erred and prosecutors sought clarification on the law that they said could affect plans to try up to 80 more Guantanamo prisoners.
  • Bin Laden Driver Could Stay Indefinitely at Gitmo (Not if McCain has his way.)

    08/03/2008 6:49:21 AM PDT · by kellynla · 27 replies · 204+ views ^ | August 2, 2008 | staff
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The commander of the Guantanamo Bay detention center said Saturday he has been researching new potential accommodations for Osama bin Laden's driver, who could be held here indefinitely regardless of the verdict at his war crimes trial. A jury of American military officers is expected to begin deliberations Monday in the case of Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni who faces a maximum life sentence on charges of conspiracy and supporting terrorism. Even if he is found innocent, he may not leave this U.S. Navy base. The military retains the right to hold those considered to...
  • Hamdan Seen as 'Not Fit' for Terror

    08/02/2008 7:27:17 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 1 replies · 194+ views
    The Washington Compost ^ | 2 August 08 | Jerry Markon
    Alleged 9/11 Architect (KSM) Says bin Laden's Driver Was 'Not a Soldier'
  • Bin Laden Sought U.S. Fame In TV Interview: Trial

    07/29/2008 6:59:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 170+ views
    reuters ^ | July 29, 2008 | Randall Mikkelsen
    GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden wanted to introduce himself to America with an ABC television interview months before al Qaeda bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa, the interviewer testified on Tuesday. Former ABC correspondent John Miller, testifying at the first Guantanamo war crimes trial, also recalled comparing bin Laden with U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt as he made small talk during filming of the May 28, 1998, interview at an Afghanistan mountain hideout. It was a rare opportunity for an American journalist, and Miller detailed a movie-thriller route to get to bin Laden, complete with...
  • Driver told FBI agents U.S. could have killed bin Laden

    07/26/2008 8:26:24 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 92 replies · 314+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | July 25, 2008 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — In his seventh of month of U.S. captivity, Osama bin Laden's driver told a pair of FBI agents that it was America's fault that the al Qaida leader was alive. The message was, ''You had these opportunities, America. You didn't do anything,'' FBI agent George Crouch Jr. testified Friday at Salim Hamdan's war crimes trial. The United States could have killed bin Laden in Khartoum, Sudan, before he moved to Afghanistan in 1996, Hamdan told his interrogators. They could have killed him after al Qaida's 1998 twin bombings at the U.S. Embassy bombings in...
  • Bin Laden's Driver Heard Him Gloating Over 9/11 Death Toll

    07/25/2008 4:11:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 226+ views
    Some interesting testimony from an FBI interrogator in the trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan. GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, July 23 — Osama bin Laden’s driver witnessed the al-Qaeda leader being briefed on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and overheard him express satisfaction that the death toll had exceeded expectations, an FBI interrogator testified Wednesday. Salim Ahmed Hamdan, now held at the U.S. military prison here, had said under questioning six years ago that bin Laden was “happy about the results” of the terrorist strikes because he had expected “only” 1,000 to 1,500 people to...
  • Bin Laden driver was not read rights, court told

    07/24/2008 7:21:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 32 replies · 185+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | July 24, 2008
    Excerpt - GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, July 24 (Reuters) - A driver for Osama bin Laden was not told of any rights against self-incrimination under years of interrogation, FBI agents told the Guantanamo war crimes court on Thursday. "Our policy at the time was not to read Miranda rights," FBI special agent Robert Fuller said in testimony at the U.S. military commission trial of Salim Hamdan on charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. Fuller was referring to the Miranda v. Arizona U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1966, which held that potential criminal suspects in custody...
  • Bin Laden happy with September 11 toll, war court told

    07/23/2008 11:13:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies · 255+ views
    Bin Laden happy with September 11 toll, war court told Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:58pm EDT By Jim Loney GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's driver overheard the al Qaeda leader saying he was happy about the death toll in the September 11 attacks and thought the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was shot down, according to one of the driver's interrogators. The evidence by Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, was meant to support the case by prosecutors at the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal that the driver, Salim Hamdan, was close to...
  • Bin Laden driver knew 9/11 target: prosecutor

    07/22/2008 10:05:06 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 16 replies · 349+ views
    REUTERS ^ | July 22, 2008 | By Jim Loney
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