Thursday, May 22, 2008

No One Can Convince Me...

That Jon Gold doesn't believe in "Protecting and rewarding those who may have been involved in the attacks", and "That trying to hold those accountable for possible criminality is the wrong thing to do".

Here he posts (without comment but clearly approvingly) an article about how terribly hard it is going to be for their lawyers to defend (i.e., protect) KSM and Binalshibh at their trials. Jon Gold does not want them to be held accountable for possible criminality.

Here he post a Newsweek article which bemoans the treatment KSM received:

But the CIA admits Mohammed was waterboarded, rendering his confession unreliable and any conviction a sham.

Even though that treatment prevented several terrorist attacks and captured those responsible for earlier attacks:

KSM's revelations helped authorities arrest at least six major terrorists:

* Ohio-based trucker Iyman Faris pleaded guilty May 1, 2003, to providing material support to terrorists. He secured 2,000 sleeping bags for al Qaeda and delivered cash, cell phones and airline tickets to its men. He also conspired to derail a train near Washington, D.C., and use acetylene torches to sever the Brooklyn Bridge's cables, plunging it into the East River.

* Jemaah Islamiya (JI) agent Rusman "Gun Gun" Gunawan was convicted of transferring money to bomb Jakarta's Marriott Hotel, killing 12 and injuring 150.

* Hambali, Gunawan's brother and ring-leader of JI's October 2002 Bali nightclub blasts, killed 202 and wounded 209.

And Apparently Gold (and Newsweek have forgotten that KSM admitted his involvement in 9-11 well before any waterboarding incident.

"I am the head of the al Qaeda military committee," he told Al Jazeera in April 2002. "And yes, we did it." KSM wired money to his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, who masterminded the February 1993 World Trade Center blast that killed six and wounded 1,040. KSM and Yousef planned Operation Bojinka, a foiled 1995 scheme to explode 12 American jetliners above the Pacific. While some doubt his claim, KSM reportedly said, "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew Daniel Pearl in the City of Karachi, Pakistan."

Jon Gold loves to hide behind the family members, but he wants to free those guilty of the attacks against their loved ones.