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The ACLU, Once Again, Rushes to the Defense of a Terror Suspect

November 12, 2009

NJ US Africa Terrorism

Amir Mohamed Meshal, of Tinton Falls, New Jersey is suing the FBI.

Meshal was arrested in Kenya in 2006, after crossing the border into that country from Somalia, then under invasion by Ethiopian troops coming to the aid of the United Nations (U.N.)-recognized Transitional Federal Government, which was under siege from the Islamic Courts Council, a coalition of militias allied with al Qaida.

In Kenya, Meshal was interviewed by the FBI, and was subsequently transferred to Ethiopia, where he was imprisoned for over three months. For a one-sided and superficial account of what happened next, Amy Goodman of the radical Democracy Now! network provides a report designed to put the FBI in a less than favorable light:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit on behalf of a US citizen over the FBI’s alleged role in his imprisonment and mistreatment abroad. Amir Mohamed Meshal was detained in Kenya, transferred to Somalia, and then sent to Ethiopia, where he was jailed for three months without charge. Meshal says US interrogators held him in inhumane conditions and threatened him with torture, forced disappearance and execution unless he confessed to belonging to a militant Islamic group. He was ultimately released and has returned to the United States. Meshal is the first US citizen to seek damages for the practice of so-called “extraordinary rendition.”

The practice of extraordinary rendition, which Goodman mentions without defining at the close of her piece, is the transfer of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorism to detention and interrogation to third countries. The policy began in the early 1990s under the administration of President Bill Clinton, and began being used with greater frequency after the 9/11 al Qaida terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists.

So what brought Meshal to the attention of the FBI in the first place?

Difficult to glean from Goodman’s account, but some of these facts may have raised the suspicions of those in law enforcement working hard to prevent further Islamic terror attacks by al Qaida and its admirers. By his own admission, while he was in Somalia, Meshal:

•Worked towards the goal of making it an Islamic state;

•Spent some of his time in Somalia in an al Qaida training camp;

•Tried to fire his AK-47 assault rifle (which jammed) at foreign (Ethiopian) troops during a clash in the south of that war-torn country (later recounting that he recalled wondering: “how such a reliable gun could misfire at such an inopportune moment”;

•Spent time in the al Qaida training camp in the company of Daniel Joseph Maldonado (a/k/a Daniel Aljughaifi ), the first American charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization in Somalia, now serving a 10-year sentence;

In their lawsuit on Meshal’s behalf, the ACLU claims that the government agents violated Meshal’s constitutional rights to due process and against unreasonable search and seizure. The suit names two FBI officials and two unknown agents of the U.S. government and seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages.

“These threats are shocking and inexcusable,” said Nusrat J. Choudhury, an ACLU attorney. “American citizens abroad who seek refuge from hostilities deserve the assistance of their government in getting home safely.”

Yes they do, but most American citizens abroad are not spending their free time in Somali terror camps either.

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14 Comments
  1. Tom permalink
    November 12, 2009 4:28 am

    Drop the suit, and execute the terrorist bastard and all his Islamic brothers!

  2. November 12, 2009 4:34 am

    Just like junk science – this is junk jurisprudence.

  3. Freeme permalink
    November 12, 2009 5:45 am

    ACLU defined: All Commie Lawyers Union

    • ji, permalink
      November 12, 2009 11:36 am

      funny thing about the aclu they will also and have defended right wing hate groups like the KKK AS WELL as right wing conservitives comunists would not do that

  4. Joseph White permalink
    November 12, 2009 5:58 am

    Here’s the kicker. Do American’s have the same constitutional rights, when they are on foreign soil?

    If he were found doing these things here, he’d be read his rights, and appointed a lawyer, or as usual, the ACLU would rush to defend him. However, he wasn’t here, he was in Somalia, and Kenya, so I don’t think American Law works here. But, I might be wrong.

    How do we know it was the FBI? It could have been the Kenyan National Police that arrested him or questioned him. We have only his word for it.

    Besides, if memory serves, the FBI shouldn’t have authority in other countries, since the FBI is, by mandate, only a Federal branch in the United States. The only exceptions, are those that come about, if a foreign country requests the FBI’s help.

    Under normal circumstances, the CIA has responsibility for all intelligence gathering and investigations of terrorists outside the US.

  5. John Davidson permalink
    November 12, 2009 7:18 am

    The ACLU has lost its credibility with most Americans and only seeks publicity to sustain itself. Just another shameful organization fighting for the top spot along with the AARP & ACORN as a detriment to those they supposedly support. Have they showed up in Texas, yet?

  6. themadjewess permalink
    November 12, 2009 7:39 am

    I believe that this murderer will go scot free, with amnesia.

    We live in a sick and sad world, the 1963 ‘Goals for America’, entered into congressional record by Judge Herlong are now complete.

  7. Conservadude permalink
    November 12, 2009 8:33 am

    The ACLU also defended Jerry Falwell, and wrote a brief for Rush Limbaugh. Clearly, a pro-terrorist group.

  8. Conservadude permalink
    November 12, 2009 8:59 am

    Being from Texas, I’m having a hard time believing anything any of you are saying. You’re out of your minds. This man will get the chair, if tried in a Texas court.

    • themadjewess permalink
      November 12, 2009 10:07 am

      ‘Being from Texas, I’m having a hard time believing anything any of you are saying. You’re out of your minds. This man will get the chair, if tried in a Texas court.’
      —–
      As they are trying illegal occupiers that murder everyday??

  9. Joseph White permalink
    November 12, 2009 9:27 am

    If he were being tried in a civil or criminal court, yes, that might be so. However, he’ll be tried in a military court martial, and either be found not guilty, or he’ll be found guilty and face military justice. I’d look for him in Fort Leavenworth, if he’s found guilty.

    I’ve been listening to other newcasts, and they’ve posited that he’s a victim of CIA mind control, or drug control. Consider this. We haven’t seen the blog postings that he supposedly wrote. (If anyone has, please send me the links, so I can look them over.) He’s been in the military long enough to be promoted to Major, he’s never seen combat, and his bumpersticker said, “Allah is love.”
    He’s never been trouble, and he might have visited the same mosque that the 9/11 hijackers visited. He was able to sneak a weapon onto a military reservation, and none of them were armed. (That’s a little odd, I would have posted MP’s at the preparation site, or in the hospital, but what do I know?)

    If he was on prozac or an MAOI inhibiter, then he wouldn’t realize what he was doing. But that’s just a theory as well.

    Before you all go nuts, please notice that I said it’s just a theory. Just as the unproven (again, I need links,) postings on a jihadist website, doesn’t prove he’s a radical nutjob.

    Keep in mind that with a good computer keylogger, anyone can break into Email and internet sites.

  10. Richard Ketchum permalink
    November 12, 2009 10:52 am

    The left thinks the US Government is all powerful and that our police can go anywhere and arrest anyone, I want to see a lot of proof that it was the FBI that arrested him, and then I want to see the proof that he was turned over to Somalia by the FBI. With out this proof being made public this is nothing but a propaganda move on the part of the ACLU.

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