Mar 23 2010
A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the 9/11 commission report as a significant al-Qaida operative who provided advice to three of the Sept. 11th hijackers.
The ruling in favor of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi was disclosed Monday in a two-sentence court entry. U.S. District Judge James Robertson will issue a written decision at a later date explaining his reasons for granting the detainee’s petition. The detainee remains at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Obama administration could appeal Roberton’s order. (HAH! Fat chance)
The 9/11 Commission report says Salahi was known to U.S. and German intelligence a decade ago and living in Germany when he gave instructions to four men about how to reach Afghanistan to train for jihad. Three of the men later became Sept. 11 hijackers — Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and Marwan al Shehhi. The fourth was Ramzi Binalshibh, who helped coordinate the 9/11 plot and who now faces trial.
Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, a former military prosecutor who prosecuted terrorism planners and financiers for the Marine Corps for three years, has said Salahi was one of the men he was assigned to prosecute. Couch told a University of Georgia audience last year that he discovered interrogators had obtained much of the evidence against Salahi through torture and refused to press charges.
Couch said he tried to resign, but was told he would be demoted to captain and sent into combat in Iraq if he quit. He dropped the Salahi case and stayed on as a prosecutor until his assignment ended, when he was named an appellate judge. CBS NEWS
Salahi was known as an operative over a decade ago, and his collaboration with al-Qaida is clear. At this point allegations of “torture” could mean anything ranging from having his peanut butter stolen to the horror of having to wear women’s panties on one’s head to which one filthy al-Qaida was subjected. Or maybe they made him think he was in a West Hollywood nightclub with lots of loud music, standing for hours on end, not getting enough water, and certainly not enough sleep.Waterboarding? Not so lucky–we know of the (unfortunately) few times that has been used on al-Qaidas, and with great success.
Note the Reluctant Prosecutor has been rewarded with a judgeship.