Guiilty Plea At Guantanamo by Al Qaida Member

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  1. [FONT=&quot]Military Commission Guilty Plea [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot] The Department of Defense announced that Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, 50, pleaded guilty today in a military commission to providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring to commit terrorism and material support to terrorism. His sentence will be determined at a hearing in August. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] Responding to questions from the Military Judge, al Qosi admitted that he engaged in hostilities against the United States in violation of the laws of war. Al Qosi said under oath that he intentionally supported al Qaeda in hostilities against the United States since at least 1996, when Usama bin Laden issued an order urging his followers to commit acts of terrorism against the United States. In 1996, al Qosi followed bin Laden to Afghanistan. For the next six years he provided logistical support to Usama bin Laden and al Qaeda at al Qaeda compounds in Afghanistan. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] During questioning under oath, al Qosi admitted that while he provided logistical support, he knew al Qaeda engaged in acts of terrorism. He admitted that he knew that al Qaeda was and is recognized around the world as an international terrorist organization. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] Al Qosi was questioned by the Military Judge, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Paul, during a hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three of his six attorneys - representing him at no cost to him - assisted him. In all cases tried by military commission, the Military Judge has a duty to inquire into the voluntariness of the plea before accepting a guilty plea. In this case, the Military Judge questioned al Qosi at length and then indicated she was satisfied that the accused understood his rights, that the plea was voluntary, and that there was a factual basis for the plea. This requirement safeguards the rights of the accused. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] In all military commissions, a panel of military officers known as "members" determines the sentence, regardless of whether the plea was guilty or not guilty. While the military judge determines whether the accused understands the charges to which he pleads guilty and that his plea is voluntary, the members decide the appropriate sentence. At a hearing scheduled for August, the defense and prosecution will each have an opportunity to present evidence and argument to the members to aid them in determining a sentence. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] A link to al Qosi's list of charges can be viewed on the Military Commissions web site at [/FONT]
  2. Obviously a confession extracted by torture because We All Know that everyone at Gitmo is totally and completely innocent of anything forever.
  3. B_B is bang on the money. They're all poor taxi drivers or tourists exploring thier cultural heritage. Poor lambs.
  4. That is the main problem whenever torture is used, you can never be absolutely certain that a confession, even one repeated in Court with assurances of non-coercion, is completely true or voluntary.
    However, working on the assumption that this is a genuine confession (as it appears to be), the article doesn't tell us how long this man has been in custody but I would expect to see a sentence of between five and ten years, depending on time already served. Of course, we don't know what the logistical support was, it could be anywhere from doing the laundry to supplying weapons and ammo. If his support was at the more mundane level then five years should suffice.
  5. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Glad they finally have 1 guy convicted, what about the other 180?

    Considering some have now been banged up for anything up to 8 years, some could presumably have been tried, convicted, served time and released by now.

    The whole thing is a PR disaster, and has probably done more damage indirectly than it has prevented.
  6. Agreed, by virture of the means to this end, the US and all associated with it have forever tainted any legitimacy they may have regarding any prosecutions.

    I am the most cynical man about and whilst I like to believe that all were pretty guilty or at least had overwhelming circumstantial evidence pointing at them.... I would put no faith in any confession after 8 years in solitary confinement without trial.

    I would admit to anything well before that long in an isolated cell.

  7. Heard on the local radio this morning, that we have two being released to live here! :mad:
  8. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Great, if I had been banged up in solitary for up to 8 years without recourse to rights or trial - and perhaps worse, I know how I would feel about the closest ally of the people who did that to me....

    Cannot think of a better al qaeda recruiting tool to be honest....
  9. I think you'll find he's coming here, not Israel.
  10. Including those evening interludes with the nearby sheep?