Some excerpts from this piece, which should be enough to make your blood boil:
A suspected Al Qaeda organizer once called “the highest value detainee” at Guantanamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report of helping recruit Mohammed Atta and other members of the Al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, that took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“They were considering giving him the death penalty. Now they don’t even have enough evidence to pass the test for habeas,” said Nancy Hollander, an Albuquerque, N.M., attorney representing Slahi.
Brig. Gen. John Furlow, who helped lead a Pentagon-ordered investigation into detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay, has testified that Slahi was “the highest value detainee” at the offshore prison and “the key orchestrator of the Al Qaeda cell in Europe.”
Plans to try him by military commission were derailed after prosecutors learned that Slahi had been subjected to a “special interrogation plan” involving weeks of physical and mental torment, including a death threat and a threat to bring Slahi’s mother to Guantanamo Bay where she could be gang-raped, officials said.
Although the treatment apparently induced Slahi’s compliance, the military prosecutor, Marine Lt. Col. V. Stuart Couch, determined that it constituted torture and evidence it produced could not lawfully be used against Mr. Slahi.
So we threatened this dirtbag’s mother. So what. How many innocent American children have lived each and every day since September 11, 2001 without ever having had a chance to say “I love you” to their own mother again, to ever hug her again, to ever hear her voice or see her face or know her love — all because the men Mohamedou Ould Slahi actively recruited slammed a passenger jet into their workplace on a cold, crisp and clear Tuesday morning? We threatened Slahi’s mother; he orchestrated the murder of many of ours.
So we caused weeks of physical and mental torment. So what. How many first responders have been dealing, every day since September 11, 2001, with debilitating physical and mental illness? What of the tens of thousands of people affected by the attacks of that day? What of them?
This administration makes me sick. We know that Barack Obama’s and Eric Holder’s Justice Department is stocked with lawyers who have constantly erred on the side of protecting terrorists, whether they be from FARC or Al Qaeda or anywhere in between. And while I agree that a lawyer must dutifully represent his client, and while I don’t think it’s right that these attorneys are vilified on an individual level, it only goes to this administration’s continued propensity to treat terrorists like citizens and citizens like terrorists.
Note my favorite part in this: “They were considering giving him the death penalty. Now they don’t even have enough evidence to pass the test for habeas.” That, my friends, is what happens when you bring terrorists into the court system. We are not fighting a criminal enterprise — we are fighting a war, against terrorists who want to deal in the blood of innocent Americans. Slahi will undoubtedly pick up right where he left off: recruiting people to murder innocent Americans. And, quite honestly, any blood which runs because of this man’s freedom will be on the hands of those responsible for releasing him.