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War on Terror Update: Padilla Sentenced, GOP Ex-Lawmaker Indicted

Republican Ex-Lawmaker Indicted as Part of Terror Financing Conspiracy

Ronald Reagan himself would violate the "11th Commandment" regarding this miscreant:

Mark Deli Siljander, a Michigan Republican when he served in the U.S. House, was indicted on Wednesday on counts of money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, for lying to federal investigators about lobbying U.S. Senators on behalf of an Islamic charity front organization that itself was under investigation and ultimately became indicted for terror-related fundraising, misappropriation of government funds, and for money laundering.

Siljander, who served in the House from 1981-1987, was appointed in 1987 by President Reagan to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year.

There must be something in the water over there in D.C.

Regarding that terror-bot organization:

In 2004, the FBI raided the group's headquarters and the homes of people affiliated with the group nationwide. Since then, the 20-year-old organization has been unable to raise money and its assets have been frozen.

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Here's a link to the AP's report.

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"Dirty Bomb" Suspect and Terrorism Conspirator Sentenced to 30 Years to Life

Convicted al-Qaeda conspirator and one-time 'dirty bomb' suspect Jose Padilla on Tuesday was sentenced to 30 years to life in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said Padilla met the criteria for a 'terrorism enhancement' in his sentence. Padilla and two co-defendants were convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to murder people abroad, conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism, and of providing material support for terrorism.

Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago in May 2002.

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Here's a link to Reuters' version of events.


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Comments (25)

Wonder the ACLU or some lef... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Wonder the ACLU or some leftist lawyer would represent Siljander as they did for Padilla

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/01/019557.php
War by other means

We haven't gotten to the incredible story of the lawsuit brought against Professor John Yoo on behalf of Jose Padilla, as I understand it, for Yoo's role in authoring (in my view clearly correct) legal memos advising the president on the law applicable to the detention of enemy combatants. Earlier this week the Yale Daily News reported on the connection of Professor Yoo's alma mater to the lawsuit against him. Today Professor Yoo comments on the lawsuit in "Terror suspects are waging 'lawfare' in U.S." And they unfortunately have the support of a vast array of American academics, attorneys, judges and officeholders.

Jayson, incessant stories a... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Jayson, incessant stories about corrupt Republican politicians are really getting tiring. But I guess you feel that people like Mark Siljander provide inspiration to your fellow conservatives (that is, except for the fact that he got caught).

This conviction and sentenc... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

This conviction and sentence demonstrates that Gitmo and Kafka tribunals are not necessary.
I am sure Mr. Padilla will rightfully serve his sentence(hopefully Life) at the Supermax here in CO.
Remember Padilla was/is a U.S. citizen.

Padilla is a citizen, and w... (Below threshold)

Padilla is a citizen, and was arrested in this country - a fact which distinguishes him from the illegal combatants imprisoned at Gitmo, but is clearly beyond the understanding of some of the anti-American left.

As for Siljander, if he's guilty, hang him high.

Jim, You should hel... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Jim,
You should help Herman out. He is itching to hear how his democratic party doesn't hold their criminals accountable. In fact, they give them standing ovations. Herman must be proud to have good liars representing his democratic party. Herman wants to have liberal agenda of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov agenda discussed more.

This conviction and s... (Below threshold)

This conviction and sentence demonstrates that Gitmo and Kafka tribunals are not necessary.

Once again (how many times now?) nogo mistakes demagoguery for logic. And the reference to Kafka, whose family perished in real concentration camps run by real Nazis, is even more offensive relative to Gitmo. You think Kafka's family would have preferred Gitmo to the Nazi ovens, nogo? Here's the ugly on you: you're an ignorant, offensive liberal.You vomit your opinions here and invoke the names of writers like Kafka yet you know nothing about them other than what you can cluelessly cut and paste from other lib sites.

Padiila would trade the Supermax for Gitmo in a heartbeat. Why? Because he would have worried liberal congressmen hovering over Gitmo day and night; but, there is no day or night at Supermax.


herman - "Jayson, inces... (Below threshold)
marc:

herman - "Jayson, incessant stories about corrupt Republican politicians are really getting tiring. But I guess you feel that people like Mark Siljander provide inspiration to your fellow conservatives (that is, except for the fact that he got caught)."

I may not remember correctly but it seems to me you (or a few of you fellow travelers) have whined incessantly when days go by with nothing but stories critical of the Dems appear on these very pages.

You can't have it both ways, as I'm sure you know.

But it doesn't really matter to you just as long as your "Contrarian Hat" fits nice and snug.

HughS - "Why? Because h... (Below threshold)
marc:

HughS - "Why? Because he would have worried liberal congressmen hovering over Gitmo day and night; but, there is no day or night at Supermax."

Not to mention the Red Cross who have a permanent site at Gitmo to monitor both the U.S. Military and the detainees as well.

But loonbats like nogo will never acknowledge that as fact, they will only spit out the tripe that comes from the International Red Cress who condemned the place without ever having visited there.

HermanI guess you d... (Below threshold)

Herman
I guess you didn't get the memo, so here's the deal: liberals can't do satire (that means you, Herman).

Satire requires humor, a grasp of the vernacular, self deprecation (which is a genetic flaw in liberals, Herman), a clear sense and understanding of the real news and wit (another genetic flaw in liberals).

Herman - here's a little "f... (Below threshold)
marc:

Herman - here's a little "fair & balanced" for you, just for you:

The Democrats judge bribing lawyer.

MarcExcellent point:... (Below threshold)

Marc
Excellent point: The very enemy (not in uniform, hiding among civilians, murdering civilians) that is captured while trying to kill our soldiers is coddled in Gitmo while our soldiers are held to the very strict standard of the Geneva Convention....that is, those of ours that are not captured and mutilated by the enemy.

Here is a link to the indic... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Here is a link to the indictment-

usdoj.gov

Herman, I've noticed a bit ... (Below threshold)

Herman, I've noticed a bit of a difference:

The Republicans tend to shun their miscreants; the Democrats lionize them.

In other words: one party takes out its trash, the other enshrines it.

Contrast this former Congressman with Mel Reynolds, Bill Clinton, William Jefferson, Gerry Studds, Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd...

J.

HughS - "captured whil... (Below threshold)
marc:

HughS - "captured while trying to kill our soldiers is coddled in Gitmo while our soldiers are held to the very strict standard of the Geneva Convention"

I laugh my self almost to the point of puking when the haters of Bush and America use the "but if America doesn't follow the Geneva Conventions "our" soldiers will be tortured in the future," crapola.

When challenged to name a single war where U.S. solders were accorded the protection by our enemy they either spin a web of lies or quietly slither out of the thread.

Sh8t-that is the i... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Sh8t-

that is the indictment against the Islamic American Relief Agency-

"Contrast this former Congr... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Contrast this former Congressman with Mel Reynolds, Bill Clinton, William Jefferson, Gerry Studds, Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd..."

Interesting list...how bout Trent Lott, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Larry Craig, James Tobin - and that's just the current crop. They were proud to have Helms and Thrumond for years.

jp2 Helms and Thur... (Below threshold)

jp2

Helms and Thurman were indicted? Say it ain't so.

jpe might buy your helms po... (Below threshold)
marc:

jpe might buy your helms point, but just barely, however... what the hell did the DEMOCRAT Strom Thurman have to do with any on your list ("Trent Lott, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Larry Craig, James Tobin")

Surely your not delusional enough to believe they voted for him to get into or remain in office.

jp2James Tobin...... (Below threshold)

jp2

James Tobin...which crop? how? why? what? And what did he have to say about Helms and Thurmond?

Marc, I'll take your challe... (Below threshold)

Marc, I'll take your challenge:

By and large, Nazi Germany followed the Geneva Conventions with regards to Allied prisoners of war.

Others since then... not so much.

jp2: I don't recall any indictments, let alone convictions, against Lott or Rove. Contrast that with my list:

Mel Reynolds: convicted of statutory rape, sentence commuted by Bill Clinton, hired by Jesse Jackson.

Bill Clinton: lost law license for lying under oath to evade liability in a civil lawsuit.

William Jefferson: under investigation for corruption, nearly triggered Constitutional crisis.

Gerry Studds: got underage page (male) drunk on trip overseas, sodomized him.

Ted Kennedy: Chappaquiddick. 'Nuff said.

Robert Byrd: Former Ku Klux Klan official.

The only oddball out of that bunch is Jefferson, and based on the rest of the circumstantial evidence, I have to conclude that it's because he has yet to be convicted. Once that happens, he'll be welcomed back with open arms.

As far as Siljander goes... give him a fair trial, then hang him.

J.

"jp2: I don't recall any in... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"jp2: I don't recall any indictments, let alone convictions, against Lott or Rove. Contrast that with my list:"

Interesting standards. If you want to play that game, what were the "indictments" against Byrd? Kennedy? Studds?

"Robert Byrd: Former Ku Klux Klan official."

By your standards I would assume Helms and Thurmond would be under this moral thumb.

And zero comments by you about the biggest and best example of Republicans "enshrining" criminals: Libby. You have zero to say about that? Not all that surprising I suppose...

What crime is Libby enshrin... (Below threshold)
914:

What crime is Libby enshrined for jp2?

"What crime is Libby enshri... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"What crime is Libby enshrined for jp2?"

"one count of obstruction of justice; two counts of perjury; and one count of making false statements to federal investigators."

For this, he was showered with praise and love by Republicans, including current Bush Administration staff. Loads of money were raised as well. His sentence was then commuted.

Hey, Mr. Tea,What ... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Hey, Mr. Tea,

What proportion of people on your list actually got convicted for anything of consequence? These guys did:

Claude Allen, James Tobin and Chuck McGee, Duke Cunningham, David Safavian, Lewis Libby, Bob Ney, Bernie Kerik, and Larry Craig

and unlike you, I didn't even have to go back in time twenty to forty years!

Of course if I had, I could have started naming all the Watergate criminals and all the Iran-Contra criminals and easily overwhelmed (in terms of sheer volume) your list, right, Jay???

My point, Herman, was the s... (Below threshold)

My point, Herman, was the status of the offenders, and how their respective parties treat them when their misdeeds are uncovered.

The ones you listed are largely pariahs to the Republicans.

The ones I listed are among the most influential and revered and respected Democrats.

Both parties have their share of trash. One of them is a bit better at making sure the trash gets taken to the dumpster.

J.




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