November 27, 2009
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez wants to put a dead man on trial in a U.S. civilian court. Menendez has told CNSNews that Osama bin Laden should be brought to justice and prosecuted in civilian court, where he will most certainly be convicted.
“When we catch bin Laden, should he be Mirandized? Should he be read his Miranda rights? If there’s going to be a civil proceeding, the attorney general said it wouldn’t matter,” Matt Cover of CNSNews asked Menendez.
“As far as I’m concerned he should be prosecuted, brought to justice, and hopefully – and I fully expect – convicted,” declared Menendez.
CNSNews asked the question after Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina grilled Obama’s attorney general on how the administration would handle terrorists caught in the future. “If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?” said Graham.
Eric Holder wasn’t sure how to answer Graham’s question. He said it “all depends” if Osama bin Laden would be read his Miranda rights. Holder’s apparent confusion is rather perplexing coming from the top cop in the country.
Graham understands the law better than Obama’s attorney general. “Well, it does not depend,” Graham replied. “If you’re going to prosecute anybody in civilian court, our law is clear that the moment custodial interrogation occurs, the defendant – the criminal defendant – is entitled to a lawyer and to be informed of their right to remain silent.”
Not that Graham believes accused terrorists deserve a day in court. He believes Holder is guilty of “making bad history” in his decision to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his supposed co-conspirators to New York for trial in civilian court.
“We’re making bad history here,” Graham said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on November 18. “The big problem I have is that you’re criminalizing the war…. I think you’ve made a fundamental mistake here.”
Holder’s “bad history” fits in the larger context of an invented history. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his cohorts are prized patsies for the official 9/11 fairy tale used to launch the global war on terror and turn the United States into a surveillance and police state.
Osama bin Laden was a CIA asset who died in December, 2001. “Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader,” Fox News reported on December 26, 2001. “Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.”
On October 26, 2002, CNN reported on a London-based Arab news magazine publishing Osama’s will. “He did write the will as someone saying good-bye,” Hani Nakshabandi of the Arab news magazine Al Majalla told CNN.
According to the former dictator of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, Osama died because he was unable to get treatment for a kidney disease. “I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a … kidney patient,” Musharraf told CNN on January 18, 2002. “I don’t know if he has been getting all that treatment in Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown of him on television show him extremely weak.”
In February of 2002, CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen said Osama bin Laden had “aged enormously between ’97 and October” of 2001. “This is a man who was clearly not well. I mean, as you see from these pictures here, he’s really, by December he’s looking pretty terrible.”
[efoods]Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent, concurred. “You can look [at pictures from a December 2001 video] and notice that he has what some doctors refer to as sort of a frosting over of his features—his sort of grayness of beard, his paleness of skin, very gaunt sort of features. A lot of times people associate this with chronic illness. Doctors can certainly look at that and determine some clinical features…. The sort of frosting of the appearance is something that people a lot of times associate with chronic kidney failure, renal failure, certainly someone who is requiring dialysis would have that,” said Gupta on January 21, 2002.
“Of course, by the time Gupta had made his prognosis, the CIA asset bin Laden was dead and buried, as patients with chronic kidney failure do not fare well in the Afghan outback without a kidney dialysis machine, unless we are to believe Osama’s helpers ferried one in, or maybe the ISI did by way of the CIA’s Air America transport,” this correspondent wrote with a measured degree of sarcasm on September 9, 2007, after a spate of supposed Osama videos appeared, more than a few with the assistance of the SITE Institute, a documented Mossad propaganda front (SITE shares an IP address with another Israeli intelligence front, MEMRI).
In September of 2007, a revitalized Osama appeared in a video complete with a Grecian Formula makeover. The new Osama was a stark contrast to the sickly Osama and the fat Osama supposedly confessing to the 9/11 attacks in a video made public on December 13, 2001.
Hamid Karzai, the former employee of the oil company Unocal and current handpicked president of U.S. occupied Afghanistan, told CNN in October of 2002 that Osama bin Laden was “probably dead.”
“The more we don’t hear of him, and the more time passes, there is the likelihood that he probably is either dead or seriously wounded somewhere,” said Karzai seven years ago.
Dale Watson, the head of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, said in July of 2002 that Osama was “probably” dead. “It is thought to be the first time a senior US law-enforcement official has publicly offered an opinion on whether Bin Laden, the prime suspect believed to be behind the 11 September attacks, is dead or alive,” the BBC reported.
Israeli intelligence said Bin Laden died in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan in December. The Israelis went so far as to declare the purported Osama videos that have appeared since December, 2001, are fabrications.
Sen. Robert Menendez and the neocon Sen. Lindsey Graham have a vested interest in keeping the dead nemesis Osama bin Laden alive. The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be an orchestrated and highly controlled farce that will perpetuate the contrived war on terror.
It remains to be seen if the notorious KSM will be asked about his dubious confession via waterboard, in particular his assertion that he planned the bombing of the Plaza Bank.
“Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s alleged confession testimony has been thoroughly discredited after it emerged that one of the targets he identified, the Plaza Bank, was not founded until 2006, four years after the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind’s arrest,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on March 16, 2007.