We got your Gitmo, right here in Detroit,MI

I am sure that unlike the recent FBI report on Gitmo however, no one was chained in the fetal position for 18-24 hours, but a Detroit “terrorist” can now sue the county that jailed him. The Federal Judge upheld three other counts, including Koubriti’s claim that he was “repeatedly subjected to unlawful and unnecessary strip searches designed to humiliate and degrade him because of and in retaliation for his religious beliefs.”-where are the damn religious rightwingers now? Why aren’t they up in arms about someone being persecuted for his religious beliefs…ah..but he’s a Muslim..they dont’ count..do they?

This might not be construed as torture, but it sure as hell isn’t the American way..or is it? From a NYT article on the trial, we get this lovely gem:

“The government has repudiated the terrorism case and is now investigating the former lead prosecutor, though documents obtained by The New York Times indicate that top Justice Department officials long had doubts about the strength of the case but pushed to bring terrorism charges anyway.”

The history of this case, from this article or the local Detroit writeup here:

Koubriti and three other Middle Eastern immigrants had been accused of forming a terror cell in the Detroit area. In 2003, Koubriti and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi were convicted of conspiracy to aid terrorists and document fraud. A third man was convicted of document fraud, and the fourth was acquitted of all charges. Koubriti was held for 3, count em, 3 years..here, in America.

“A federal judge later dismissed the convictions at the request of the Department of Justice, which said federal prosecutors in Detroit withheld evidence beneficial to the defendants.”

Now, that IS bullshit..withholding evidence. This isn’t Gitmo where you can try someone based on heresay and keep evidence from the accused because its “secret”, or hold them forever. Where is our America, where has our due process gone? Why is it ok to hold people for years and then dismiss the case? We are no better than the terrorists when we allow this shit to happen in our own country. I am not saying this man is a good man, I am saying this man had a right to due process, the right to see the evidence and the right to a fair trial. Koubriti got none of the three..none,nada, zilch. It was assumed he was guilty and therefore he was treated like he was already found guilty.

Legal documents on his case can be read here at FindLaw.

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Cross-posted at Bring it On!

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I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on January 9, 2007, in Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. The American way is changing because Americans are weak and cowardly. Instead of fighting for what they know is right, they would rather feel tough hurting others in the name of “freedom.”

  2. I don’t know wtf is wrong w/American’s I just put up a global stupidity meter..I think your comment is very spot on.

  3. Some pundit commented the other day that Republicans don’t care about specific issues unless it affects their life personally. I think it is most Americans instead of just Republicans. I noted this lack of caring on the part of Ma and Pa America to a friend from New Zealand one time. He said that he had a friend from Denver tell him the exact same thing and since I had mirrored the other fellow, he was astounded to accept it with more weight than before. He finally admitted that his friend and I had a very good point. This last election motivated a lot of people who may have voted for bush before to make a course correction. Until we get the public so fired up against bush’s corporatistic facism that the pols in D.C. can’t ignore it, we will have to keep digging just like we have for the last two years… Hard and Heavy… With no letting up…Ma and Pa both have short attention spans which need shocking into accepting the constant outrage we feel as a valid reason for their continued awareness of what Bush has done and continues to do in their name. Keep all burners turned wide open until the filth that is George W. Bush is purged from the collective that is this once great country… Regards– fc

  4. Fc, its sad what a short attention span voters have. And if something doesn’t hit them in their wallet or their personal life, they usually don’t pay attention as you pointed out.George has so fucked our nation that we are walking a tightrope on many issues which are important but stay in the background. Impeach the bastard asap.

  5. “I am not saying this man is a good man, I am saying this man had a right to due process, the right to see the evidence and the right to a fair trial.”I disagree with the first part, you’re telling us he is a good man, a TERRORIST, but I agree with the second part on his right to due process, but it appears gallingly obvious to me that you’re pro-terrorist here, and a blatant anti-American.Maybe it’s just the way you <>put<> things.This post is from one of those damned religious right-wingers, who finds your post totally xenophobic, and grossly bigoted toward people like me.

  6. Steve..what in the blue hell are you saying? That I lied when I said he isn’t a good man, just a man that should have due process and a fair trial? Thanks for telling me what I meant, I had no idea a rightwinger knows my intent better than I do. Second..he is no longer considered a terrorist..the Dept of Justice dismissed the whole sordid, and evidently evidence-lacking case. –So that makes the second part of your comment incredibly dumb. The final part of your comment makes no sense at all..care to elaborate? Did you even read the entire post or any of the links? My guess is no, its just a typical knee jerk reaction to certain words that always get your panties in a wad.

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