You read the title correctly - Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, former spokesman for al-Qaeda and son-in-law of its founder, Osama bin Laden, was captured overseas and secretly brought to New York.
Where is the outcry that this terrorist will be tried in the American court system here on US soil, rather than being taken to Guantanamo or some other foreign prison? (see below)
It really doesn't matter how much outcry there is now, the terrorist is already here on US soil and I don't see Obama sending him anywhere else. The Obama administration has been peeing in their pants to try a foreign terrorist here in America, so they went behind the backs of the American people and brought one here.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was initially detained in Turkey last month but was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan while he was being deported to Kuwait, U.S. officials said. He is expected to appear in federal court Friday in the Southern District of New York.
“It has been 13 years since Abu Ghaith allegedly worked alongside Osama bin Laden in his campaign of terror, and 13 years since he allegedly took to the public airwaves, exhorting others to embrace al-Qaeda’s cause and warning of more terrorist attacks like the mass murder of 9/11,” Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said after the indictment against Abu Ghaith was unsealed Thursday. “Today’s action is the latest example of our commitment to capturing and punishing enemies of the United States, no matter how long it takes.”
Abu Ghaith, thought to be in his late 50s, was part of al-Qaeda’s inner circle before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and cemented his connections to the terrorist network’s leader by marrying bin Laden’s oldest daughter, Fatima. In videos and statements posted on Web sites, he celebrated the success of the strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and warned that al-Qaeda was entitled to kill millions of additional Americans and employ chemical and biological weapons. [snip]
The decision to bring Abu Ghaith, a native of Kuwait, to New York reignited the debate about the disposition of al-Qaeda suspects, with senior Republicans in Congress denouncing the decision to try him in a civilian criminal court rather than a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that “al-Qaeda leaders captured on the battlefield should not be brought to the United States to stand trial.” Saying that U.S. courts are “not the appropriate venue,” Rogers said President Obama should “send any captured al-Qaeda members to Guantanamo.”
That's all congress is good for, "out cry" here "out cry" there, get a sound bite, hit the news cycle, and get nothing accomplished.
We are still waiting for the Foot Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan to be tried, and he committed terrorism here inside the US, was a member of our military, was known to both domestic and foreign terrorists, -- yet is not being tried as a terrorist. What will this trial for Abu Ghaith cost, how long will it drag on an on and on?