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Obama Justice Goes Soft on the Shoe Bomber

Obama's justice department run by Eric Holder is going soft on terrorists. Debra Burlingame has the details:

Last May at the National Archives, President Barack Obama warned that "more mistakes would occur" if Congress continued to politicize terrorist detention policy and the closure of Guantanamo Bay. "[I]f we refuse to deal with those issues today," he predicted, "then I guarantee you, they will be an albatross around our efforts to combat terrorism in the future."

On June 17, at the Administrative Maximum (ADX) penitentiary in Florence, Colo., one of those albatrosses, inmate number 24079-038, began his day with a whole new range of possibilities. Eight days earlier, the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver filed notice in federal court that the Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) which applied to that prisoner--Richard C. Reid, a.k.a. the "Shoe Bomber"--were being allowed to expire. SAMs are security directives, renewable yearly, issued by the attorney general when "there is a substantial risk that a prisoner's communications, correspondence or contacts with persons could result in death or serious bodily injury" to others.

Reid was arrested in 2001 for attempting to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami with 197 passengers and crew on board. Why had Attorney General Eric Holder decided not to renew his security measures, kept in place since 2002?

According to court documents filed in a 2007 civil lawsuit against the government, Reid claimed that SAMs violated his First Amendment right of free speech and free exercise of religion. In a hand-written complaint, he asserted that he was being illegally prevented from performing daily "group prayers in a manner prescribed by my religion." Yet the list of Reid's potential fellow congregants at ADX Florence reads like a Who's Who of al Qaeda's most dangerous members: Ramzi Yousef and his three co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui; "Millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam; "Dirty bomber" Jose Padilla; Wadih el-Hage, Osama Bin Laden's personal secretary, convicted in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing that killed 247 people.

In December 2008, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss Reid's lawsuit. It cited the example of ADX inmate Ahmed Ajaj as an illustration of "the dangers inherent in permitting a group of inmates, of like mind in their opposition to the United States, to congregate for a prayer service conducted in a language not understood by most correctional officers."

Read all of Burlingame's column. It should frighten you to think that Reid could be moved out of Supermax all together in order to meet his demands. On top of that, the 241 detainees at Gitmo could be moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Just imagine, all these terrorists in US prisons. The temptation by sleeper terrorist cells to break these men out of prison would be enormous, if the Obama administration doesn't do it before they get the chance, that is.


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The temptation by sleepe... (Below threshold)

The temptation by sleeper terrorist cells to break these men out of prison would be enormous, if the Obama administration doesn't do it before they get the chance, that is.

There doesn't need to be a prison break. They would only have to take American hostages and demand an exchange.

Yeah, I know it runs against American policy to do an exchange under such circumstances, but changing American policy is what Obama is all about.

Worse still, imagine the recruits to radical Islam these people will make in the prisons.

Well, maybe not Richard C. Reid.
Reid couldn't recruit a starving Somalian to compete in a spaghetti eating contest.

How would you like to be ci... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

How would you like to be civilian guard or an employee at these prisons now? You've just been made a target for some terrorists. Or how about the guard or employees family? 'Give us your uniform' or 'sneak this into the prison' or we'll cut your kids head off. Or they won't ask for anything, they'll just start sawing heads off as some sort of jihadi payback or to send a message. Or...etc etc.

Right now the prisoners in Gitmo are in the middle of an ocean, on an island, guarded by skilled Marines with automatic weapons. If attacked, they could see it coming from miles away and call in helicopters and artillery and anything else the Marines have. It's a lot easier to attack a prison in the U.P. or attack those who work there.

It's a good thing our fair,... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

It's a good thing our fair, unbiased MSM is all over this story.

Uh huh. Whatever happened to Mantis anyway?

Unbelievable!, but I guess ... (Below threshold)

Unbelievable!, but I guess not - I would now believe anything by this incompetent president and his cohorts. Sigh...

The worry about some jail b... (Below threshold)

The worry about some jail break regardless who might attempt it is hair-brained at best.

Any potential sleepers cells would be far more interested in remaining low key in order to couduct some type of terror strike.

The real threat would be his ability to communicate with others and pass along the jihadist brain-washing he operates under.

That really hurt! I'm gonna... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

That really hurt! I'm gonna have a lump there, you idiot! Who throws a shoe bomb? Honestly. You martyr like a woman.

Dismiss the case against th... (Below threshold)

Dismiss the case against the Black Panthers.

Soften up on Reid.

Talk to the Taliban.

Support Zelaya.

Crowley is stupid.

Up is down.

Down is up.

Is it a requirement of the ... (Below threshold)

Is it a requirement of the far right that one must base their reality after bad Hollywood movies? You really think a "prison break" is going to happen? Where would Richard Reid hide? Omaha?

Oh well. It's better than Lorie's Jack Bauer fantasies.

Just imagine, all these terrorists in US prisons

Can't stop laughing at that one.

Geeze JP.. you use that bra... (Below threshold)

Geeze JP.. you use that brain to eat too?.. damn shame

I always wonder, why some p... (Below threshold)
Richard R:

I always wonder, why some people in America don't just try to create some sort of "Black Ops Minutemen" who get 'called' to "fix" problems like crazy terrorist by giving them the one bullet.

I mean: Whats the "logic" about shovelling a hole deep enough to reach the devil, then dropping people in it and tell them "Hey, you are just like dead - but we are afraid to kill you (because it would look like we are crazy black ops maniacs), instead we throw away all your rights and wait until the demon itself takes you in his domain."

The result is, that this people slowly dig themselves out of their hole and seem to drive some of those Minutemen in supercrazyness just by asking to "Have an phonetalk with the current boss of Iran" while smiling devilish.

This is such an hypocrisy. Just elect an president, create a black ops police with black leather apparel; and accept the crazy world of open street fights with people who simply disagree to be killed because they are
"punks" and the new minutemen don't like...punks.


Let's see...we give full Co... (Below threshold)

Let's see...we give full Constitutional guarantees to terrorists, and make every attempt to foist off captured terrorists as soon as we can find countries dumb enough to take them, but plan to provide federal funding for unrestricted abortions and will ultimately ration care to old people.

Do I have that right?

Holder, or someone just a p... (Below threshold)

Holder, or someone just a peg lower in DOJ
squelched the ongoing investigation of Black
Panthers intimidating white voters at a
voting site on voting day. It was filmed,
and shows up now and then on FNC. Obama's
going to go light on black and Muslim
transgressions.....to promote "healing"

Perhaps the police acted st... (Below threshold)

Perhaps the police acted stupidly?

Richard R:What?</p... (Below threshold)

Richard R:


How else dose OBAMA BIN LAD... (Below threshold)

How else dose OBAMA BIN LADEN respons to a fellow antiamerican slimeball

Don't you get it, Kim, they... (Below threshold)

Don't you get it, Kim, they're COMRADES, not terrorists.

Hey Ashley - did you know t... (Below threshold)

Hey Ashley - did you know that the 9/11 hijackers were living in the U.S. while they plotted and trained for their attacks? No, really. And did you know that the Buffalo terrorist cell was in, well, Buffalo? That's almost America, right there. But you're right, I wouldn't worry about it. What's the worst that could happen?

Anyone else vote to relocat... (Below threshold)

Anyone else vote to relocate all the sex offenders to Ms. Todd's neighborhood? And build some new prisons there? And put a new nuclear plant there? And a wastewater plant? And the waste that should be going to Yucca? And one of the new oil refineries we need so desperately?

Any other NIMBYs that Ms. Todd seems unfazed by that are better off in her neighborhood than ours?

You guys are right. Our pri... (Below threshold)
Ashley Todd:

You guys are right. Our prisons would be instantly overwhelmed by these trained killers. We're just not strong enough to hold them. I fear for the homeland.

Ashley Todd

" You really think a "priso... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

" You really think a "prison break" is going to happen? Where would Richard Reid hide? Omaha? "

Nice strawman. It doesn't have to be a successful prison break. Any number of bad things can be attempted with the prison on the mainland U.S. staffed with civilians. The terrorists don't have to be successful, in fact a 'successful mission' for them is one in which they cause a big splash in the media no matter what happens.

Much harder to even make an attempt at mischief, from inside or outside, if they are on the remote fortress at Gitmo.

Trajan said:Obama ... (Below threshold)

Trajan said:

Obama is going to go light on black and Muslim transgressions....to promote "healing."


It's promoting a lot of nausea over my way.

I always wonder how ... (Below threshold)
Richard R:

I always wonder how the US manages to hold multiple mass murders in cells, which are mostly depicted (in films and documentaries) as high IQ super-villains, who can spot any error in security to run free and start their next killing spree.

Strangely, the stupid liberal media simply refuses to report that every DAMN week.

And now a couple of hundreds people from mostly desert like countries will plot james bond-esque 'attacks' because they have 'less' to loose than some 100s who are on death row, or in for 10x times their life? Come on.

Why is it, that sometimes even the most realistic sounding "problem" is just alarmist crazyness?

If some trained "bad boy" soldiers can be contained in high end prisons, those lousy desert rats can be, too. The american army can do that. It's not *that* incompetent.






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