October 30, 2009

Good News: Federal Judge Cuts Convicted al Qaeda Ops Sentence in Half Because of "Severe" Treatment

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A federal judge today gave convicted al Qaeda sleeper agent Ali al-Marri an 8 year prison sentence -- half of what was sought -- because of "severe treatment".

The "severe treatment"? Was he tortured? Waterboarded? Forced to listen to New Kids on the Block for hours on end?

Nope:

His lawyers report that al-Marri has described being subjected to extreme cold, with insufficient bedding and clothing. He has been deprived of all reading material, except a Qur'an. Unlike the cells at Guantanamo Bay, which all have an arrow painted on the floor that points toward Mecca, his guards reportedly decline to inform him of which direction is East. In addition to his cell's window being merely translucent (rather than transparent), he also claims to have no clock, preventing him from knowing the proper times to say prayers. He has also reportedly been deprived of personal hygiene items. [9] The lack of such items have reportedly also rendered him unable to pray as a result of ritual impurity.
Um, has this judge never been to a federal penitentiary before? WTF does he think goes on at a prison?

Ass pounding? Not a problem. Not knowing which way is Mecca? Nooooo!

The justification the judge gave for the lite sentence?

"My personal belief as a judge is that that was totally unacceptable," Mihm said. "That's not who we are."
What. A. F*cking. Idiot.

In fact, I know this is who we are and as long as we're bringing up personal beliefs, it is my personal belief that U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm should be impeached.

Because Marri has already been held for six years, he'll be let go by 2011. Remember, he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent here in the U.S. who committed credit card fraud on behalf of his good buddy Khalid Shiek Mohammad.

This is the lunacy of treating terrorists as criminals.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:03 PM | Comments |