Monday, July 25, 2005

What a team of idiots

So here's another fun fact of how great our administration is at stopping the terrorists.

The Justice Department blocked efforts by its prosecutors in Seattle in 2002 to bring criminal charges against Haroon Aswat, according to federal law-enforcement officials who were involved in the case.

British authorities suspect Aswat of taking part in the July 7 London bombings, which killed 56 and prompted an intense worldwide manhunt for him.

But long before he surfaced as a suspect there, federal prosecutors in Seattle wanted to seek a grand-jury indictment for his involvement in a failed attempt to set up a terrorist-training camp in Bly, Ore., in late 1999. In early 2000, Aswat lived for a couple of months in central Seattle at the Dar-us-Salaam mosque.

A federal indictment of Aswat in 2002 would have resulted in an arrest warrant and his possible detention in Britain for extradition to the United States.

"It was really frustrating," said a former Justice Department official involved in the case. "Guys like that, you just want to sweep them up off the street."

British intelligence officials now think that in the days and hours before the July 7 bombings, Aswat was in cellphone contact with at least two of the four suicide bombers, according to The Times of London.

The rest of the article explains some specifics about why it could've postponed indicting Aswat, but there's no follow through. Why are we detaining nobodies in Guantanamo and not actually capturing and idicting terrorists? Esp. when we have evidence of them creating bombs and starting training camps? Idiots.

1 comment:

GeMatt said...

Is it possible that he's the canary singing all night long. Of course they wont prosacute their songbird.