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Old 03-07-2013, 03:01 PM  
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Bin Laden spokesman captured by USA

March 7
By LARA JAKES
AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by the United States, officials said Thursday, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al-Qaida.

Abu Ghaith is expected to be in U.S. federal court in New York on Friday in an initial hearing to face terror charges, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

Rep. Peter King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, credited the CIA and FBI with catching al-Qaida propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in Jordan within the last week. He said the capture was confirmed to him by U.S. law enforcement officials.

A Jordanian security official confirmed that Abu Ghaith was handed over last week to U.S. law enforcement officials under both nations' extradition treaty. He declined to disclose other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

"Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaida," said King, R-N.Y. "I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful."

Abu Ghaith became an international name in late 2001 when he appeared on pan-Arab satellite television urging Muslims everywhere to fight the United States and warning of more attacks similar to those of Sept. 11. In one video, he was sitting with bin Laden in front of a rock face in Afghanistan. A teacher and mosque preacher in Kuwait, he was stripped of his Kuwaiti citizenship after 9/11.

He is identified as a major al-Qaida core official by the New America Foundation think tank in Washington. King said Abu Ghaith was involved in the planning in the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Tom Lynch, a research fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, described Abu Ghaith as one of a small handful of senior al-Qaida leaders "capable of getting the old band back together and postured for a round of real serious international terror."

"His capture and extradition not only allows the U.S. to hold - and perhaps try - a reputed al-Qaida core survivor, further tarnishing the AQ core brand, but it also points to the dangers for those few remaining al-Qaida core refugees," Lynch said.

It's likely that Abu Ghaith will face a host of terrorism-related charges and possibly murder, which could carry the death penalty, said attorney Michael Rosensaft, who was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan until last fall and is now in private practice. He predicted the trial will last months, if not years, and that some of the evidence against Abu Ghaith will be a challenge for prosecutors to bring to court if it is classified.

Abu Ghaith's trial will make one of the few prosecutions of senior al-Qaida leaders on U.S. soil. Charging foreign terror suspects in American federal courts was a top pledge by President Barack Obama shortly after he took office in 2009 - aimed, in part, to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Since 9/11, 67 foreign terror suspects have been convicted in U.S. federal courts, according to watchdog group Human Rights First, which obtained the data from the Justice Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.

By comparison, of the thousands of detainees who were swept up shortly after the terror attacks and held at Guantanamo Bay, only seven were convicted by military tribunals held at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, the watchdog group said. The vast majority have been sent back overseas, either for rehabilitation or continued detention and prosecution.

"They know this is where this case belongs," Raha Wala, Human Rights First's national security attorney, said in a statement, praising the move to prosecute Abu Ghaith in New York. "That decision underscores the confidence Americans should have in our tried-and-true system of justice and its ability to handle these complex cases."

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that Abu Ghaith was caught while passing through Jordan, on his way to Kuwait, shortly after leaving Turkey.
The newspaper said that Abu Ghaith was taken into custody more than a month ago at a luxury hotel in in Ankara, the Turkish capital. But Turkish officials decided he had not committed any crime in Turkey and released him, the newspaper reported.

In Ankara, Turkish officials refused to confirm Abu Ghaith's deportation or his capture in Jordan to The Associated Press. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, a security official said he had no information on the CIA arrest in Jordan.
U.S. intelligence officials in Washington and New York refused to comment on the case.
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Associated Press writers Tom Hays in New York and Jamal Halaby in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this report.

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Interesting that Bin Laden's son-in-law may be tried in NYC in federal court.

Seems that yesterday's filibuster would make it hard for the GOP's new fans of due process to complain about that as much as they did when it was proposed four years ago.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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By LARA JAKES
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WASHINGTON Osama bin Laden's spokesman and son-in-law has been captured by the United States, officials said Thursday, in what a senior congressman called a "very significant victory" in the ongoing fight against al-Qaida.

"Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qaida," said King, R-N.Y. "I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful."
Uh-oh--someone is going to be in trouble with the nutjobs...
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
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Interesting that Bin Laden's son-in-law may be tried in NYC in federal court.

Seems that yesterday's filibuster would make it hard for the GOP's new fans of due process to complain about that as much as they did when it was proposed four years ago.
Oh, I didn't realize that Abu Ghaith was an American citizen.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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Oh, I didn't realize that Abu Ghaith was an American citizen.
If Marco Rubio gets his way with immigration reform he will be.
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Wait, I thought it was the Dems that were ushering in illegals to pad the vote count?
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Wait, I thought it was the Dems that were ushering in illegals to pad the vote count?
Maybe the judge will grant Abu Ghaith bail on the conditions that he surrender his passport and wear an ankle bracelet that has a homing device for a hellfire missle that Obama will fire from Camp David.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #10
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Maybe the judge will grant Abu Ghaith bail on the conditions that he surrender his passport and wear an ankle bracelet that has a homing device for a hellfire missle that Obama will fire from Camp David.
No, a mosquito or 'lil birdie drone.
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No, a mosquito or 'lil birdie drone.
Like the ones that the Austrian Professors have deployed to persuade the unsuspecting to keep their armpits hairy and vote for Ron Paul.
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You're kidding right? He was born in Hawaii.
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I just wish Obama would stop appeasing these terrorists by continuing to capture and kill them.
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