Padillia defendents praise bin Laden interview

AP/Washington Times:

Jurors in the Jose Padilla terrorism-support case saw video yesterday of Osama bin Laden denouncing the United States as "tyrannical" and heard FBI wiretap intercepts in which Mr. Padilla's two co-defendants said positive things about the al Qaeda leader.

"May Allah protect him," defendant Adham Amin Hassoun says in one telephone call intercepted shortly after an interview with bin Laden aired on CNN in May 1997. Mr. Hassoun also noted that bin Laden was becoming a problem for President Clinton.

"Don't you know who is Osama bin Laden? He doesn't let the dog in the White House sleep at night," Mr. Hassoun tells a friend.

"The interview is quite powerful," adds defendant Kifah Wael Jayyousi in another call played for jurors.

Prosecutors are attempting to show that Mr. Hassoun and Mr. Jayyousi shared bin Laden's view that armed struggle, or jihad, was the only way Muslims could combat oppression around the world and create fundamentalist Islamic governments.

Note how the perpetrators of Islamic bigotry claim victim status. It is part of their MO. It is their reason for justifying attacks on innocents.

I continue to believe that trying these guys in the lawfare mode is a mistake. They are enemy combatants and they should be held at Gitmo until the end of the war.


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