AL-MARRI INDICTMENT TODAY
According to sources familiar with the case, the Obama Justice Department indicted Marri this afternoon. The sealed indictment was handed up by a federal grand jury in Peoria, Illinois.]
The Obama Administration appears close to resolving the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, the alleged Al Qaeda “sleeper agent” who is the only so-called “illegal enemy combatant” imprisoned inside the United States. This signals a reversal of the Bush Administration policies which helped protect the country from future attacks.
Marri has been held for the past five years in indefinite executive detention in the U.S. Naval Consolidated brig in Charleston, South Carolina—despite having never stood trial or been convicted of any crime. But according to sources close to the case, a federal grand jury is meeting today in Peoria, Illinois, and may indict Marri on multiple terrorism charges, including providing material support for terrorism. Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Justice Department on national-security issues, declined to comment, as did Marri’s lawyers.
An indictment would signal a major shift in legal policy from the Bush years. It would also fulfill President Obama’s campaign pledge to restore traditional American legal practices by treating terror suspects as common criminals, rather than stripping them of standard legal rights and classifying them neither as criminal defendants nor prisoners of war. And it will errode in a major way how effective the United States can be against terrorism in the future.
No one can say for sure what is motivating Obama to loosen the stranglehold the Bush administration put on terrorism. Because no matter what you do to appease Islamic extremeism, it’s still going to be dedicated to the desecration of Jews and Christians everywhere. It’s kill or be killed, and Obama doesn’t get that. Or maybe he’s does get it and he’s on the wrong side.