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Feb 15 2014

Somali Pirate May Be Granted US Asylum — Terrorists to Follow

One advantage of allowing the country to be run by moonbats is that their policies enrich America’s multicultural diversity. What could be more excitingly exotic than importing pirates from Solamia?

The failed prosecution of an alleged Somali pirate — and the fact that that failure could leave him living freely, and permanently, inside U.S. borders — is highlighting anew the risks of trying terror suspects in American courts.

Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence in a 2008 shipjacking off the coast of Yemen — an incident much like the one dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.” Now, the Somali native is in immigration detention in Virginia and seeking permanent asylum in the United States.

Ali, who was accused of piracy for acting as a translator and negotiator for a crew of pirates, was partially acquitted by a jury in November after a trial in Washington. Prosecutors initially vowed a retrial but decided last month to drop the rest of the case against him.

That’s just the kind of situation that opponents of U.S. criminal trials for Al Qaeda suspects caught abroad have long feared: The government falls short at trial — and the courts eventually order an accused terror figure freed to live legally among Americans. …

One current federal terrorism prosecutor said the Ali case and the potential for his eventual release is another reason why foreign Al Qaeda suspects picked up overseas should not be brought to the United States but should instead be detained at Guantánamo or some other facility.

Alternatively, they could be killed on sight, since we no longer allow ourselves to interrogate them effectively, so they are of no use to us alive. You never know, Obama might one day honor his repeated promise to close Club Gitmo, which might result in the world’s worst terrorists moving to Dearborn and sponging off welfare as they plan their next attacks.

In the olden days, pirates didn’t qualify for welfare.

On a tip from Bill T. Hat tip: Right Wing News.

3 Responses to “Somali Pirate May Be Granted US Asylum — Terrorists to Follow”

  1. dan says:

    becoming a pirate has always been my fall-back plan…
    who knew it came with benifits

  2. Alan says:

    “Pirates seized the CEC Future in November 2008, and Ali boarded the boat a couple of days later. An English speaker, he communicated the demands of the pirates with officials from Clipper Group, the ship’s owner. The pirates initially demanded a $7m ransom, but settled for $1.7m at the end of the more than two-month long siege.

    “The key issue in the trial was whether Ali was an advocate for the pirates or just a translator doing the best he could in a situation not of his own making. Jurors heard Ali talking on recorded phone calls with a negotiator, and also with Clipper Group’s CEO, Per Gullestrup. At one point, Ali declares, “I am the negotiator” and demands that all calls go through him. But the calls also show a friendly, conversational banter …

    “Ali’s lawyers sought to paint him as a friend of the US government. Keith Barwick, an agent for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testified that 10 years ago Ali approached him with information about a company he was working for in the US. The government put the business under investigation, and Ali became a confidential informant. The company had been selling counterfeit products, such as purses and watches, and Ali’s work helped lead to 10 convictions and over $1 million in seized merchandise and money. Ali received $25,000 for his work from the government …

    “[Defense attorneys] said that Ali never carried a gun, let crew members call their families and tried to help the hostages. But prosecutor Julieanne Himelstein said Ali was guilty the second he called Clipper and demanded money for the hostages’ release. “You don’t ask for one cent for a human being,” she said.

    Tricky. Going for a (mandatory) life sentence was overreach in this case. I’d given him 3-5 years for injecting himself into a volatile situation without going through the proper channels.

    That said, the larger issue is that the US Constitution is only supposed to protect US citizens, which Ali is not. The right to remain silent, to have an attorney, the presumption of innocence and all the rest don’t apply in international waters.

    Not to mention that publicity is the lifeblood of terrorism; the whole reason people attempt to blow stuff up is to make history. This guy now has, and book deals, movie rights and speaking tours will follow shortly.

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