On Monday, Islamist cleric Abu Qatada was released from a high-security British prison, accompanied by much handwringing from the Brits.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron professed himself "fed up" with having the preacher in the country, after the government had spent a decade trying to get him deported. Qatada was released after a court ruled that he couldn't be extradited to Jordan, where he's been convicted of terrorism.
Britain detained Qatada in 2002 as a domestic terror risk because his sermons advocated violence to overthrow foreign-backed governments in the Middle East. He allegedly also influenced the twentieth 9/11 hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, and the shoe bomber Richard Reid.
Meanwhile Qatada was convicted of terrorism in absentia in Jordan and sentenced to life in prison. Britain had intended to deport him to Jordan, but the court ruled that our because his conviction in Jordan relied on evidence obtained through torture.
He may still be extradited in future, if Jordan meets the UK's conditions, or he could be tried for terror in Britain.
@LGRepublican if the Seal Team was deployed to infiltrate foreign soil they would have to get an executive order... Obama would have to sign off on it, therefore making him directly responsible... I think you guys are funny because if the Seal team mission failed and ended up causing greater international tension you would be quick to give the POTUS responsibility on that.. but since it went well you Deny Obama's Responsibility..hahaha arent you Dizzy from all the Spinning you guys are doing to these days..haha
The torture in GITMO is not that big a deal. Otherwise, Obama would have done something about it.
"I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture." - Barack Obama on the campaign trail 2008
"Bowing to reality, President Obama has officially reneged on a campaign promise to his base, reversing a previous decision on detainees at Guantanamo Bay that will keep the prison camp for terrorists open indefinitely.
It made the front page of Tuesday’s Washington Post but was buried near the back of the New York Times that day, on page 19:“Obama, in Reversal, Clears Way for Guantanamo Trials to Resume.”
On the same logic as the UK Courts used ... He was supspected "....because his sermons advocated violence to overthrow foreign-backed governments in the Middle East. He allegedly also influenced the twentieth 9/11 hijacker, Zacarias Moussaoui, and the shoe bomber Richard Reid." Let's see we should deport Donald Trump for sedition, any number of right wing and left wing stalwarts preaching overthrow of the government. There are even people on this siite who have advocated violence to overthrow the government. At what point does free speech become a crime???? Didn't Trump advocate "He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!" & "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty." Trump has a pulpet and is advocating overthrough but so far all he's guilty of is bad hair
I thought we had a seal team that would go into countries without permission and murder people we don't like. Is that not what we did to Osama Bin Laden? Shot him in cold blood because they said he had no weapon, was in his house in another country, playing with some kids. So why can't this same team resolve this issue as well.