Five years after capture, Obama gives foreign jihadis a lawyer and same rights as American citizens. via Yemenis Linked To Al Qaeda Will Stand Trial In New York – Business Insider.
Two Yemeni nationals were charged with conspiring to murder Americans abroad and providing material support to al Qaeda, according to a complaint and arrest warrant unsealed on Tuesday.
Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi were arrested in Saudi Arabia and expelled to the United States, the US Justice Department said.
According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, both Al-Abbadi and Alvi are members of al Qaeda. Between 2003 and 2007, Al-Abbadi carried out attacks against the US military in Iraq.
In 2008, both men traveled to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan to train and fight alongside al Qaeda. During this time, the two aided an American citizen with joining al Qaeda with the express purpose of carrying out attacks against US soldiers in Afghanistan as well as civilian targets within the US.
In May 2008, Al-Abbadi also led an attack against US forces in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of a US Army Ranger.
In 2008, Alvi helped facilitate the entry of US citizen Bryant Neil Vinas into al-Qaeda. Vinas traveled to Pakistan from Long Island and ultimately developed a plan in conjunction with senior al Qaeda leadership to attack the Long Island Railroad.
Al-Abbadi is scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later on Tuesday.
“With the charges announced today, these defendants will face justice for conspiring to kill Americans overseas and providing material support to al-Qaeda,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.
More: Yemeni terrorists’ interrogations ignite Republican ire
“It appears, in this case, that the U.S. government relied on foreign governments to detain and interrogate the Yemenis and share that information with the United States,” the Iowa and South Carolina Republican leaders said in the letter. “In the case of Al-Abbadi, it took almost five years after his initial capture for this Administration to take him into custody. And when it did, the Administration decided to pursue an Article III prosecution, transfer him to New York, read him his Miranda rights, and give him an attorney.”
And at least someone in Congress is doing their job: Vitter Says Charging Enemy Combatants in U.S. Courts is a Disgrace
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s policy of prosecuting enemy combatants picked-up on foreign battlefields in U.S. federal courts. Court documents say the Obama administration has authorized the transfer of two Yemeni nationals arrested in Saudi Arabia into the United States to be charged in the Eastern District of New York, which deviates from standard U.S. military custody and prosecution of enemy combatants recognized since 2001. Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Attorney General, serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
“Under no circumstance should enemy combatants receive the protection of our Constitution in federal court,” Vitter said. “If Loretta Lynch has dignified them with that protection, we should hold a hearing to fully review the circumstances before considering her nomination. Such policy is a complete disgrace to our service men and women who protect us from enemy combatants like these.”
The two enemy combatants were charged in the Eastern District of New York district court for operating as members of al-Qaeda and taking part in attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Vitter has announced his commitment to oppose Loretta Lynch’s nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney General until she affirms opposition to moving forward with any executive action to grant amnesty to five million illegal immigrants.
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