Maybe If Bush’s DOJ Didn’t Spend Time Trying To Prosecute Democrats….

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

…they might be as good as Clinton was at convicting terrorists.

The New York Times reports, "From 1993 to 2001, prosecutors in Manhattan convicted some three dozen terrorists through guilty pleas and in six major trials."

But since "the Sept. 11 attacks, the government’s track record has been decidedly spottier, and its failure to obtain a single conviction on Monday in its terrorism-financing prosecution of what was once the nation’s largest Islamic charity was another in a series of missteps and setbacks."

By the way, if you haven’t heard about the case against supposed terrorist Abdallah Higazy, you’ll want to read this:

The Second Circuit opinion, in Higazy v. Millennium Hotel and Resorts, concerned an Egyptian graduate student who was studying in New York on 9/11 when he was falsely accused of communicating with the hijackers through a radio found in a hotel room safe. Higazy professed his innocence, took a polygraph test, but confessed during an interrogation with the FBI after allegedly being threatened by an agent.

Ah hah!  He confessed under torture.  He must be guilty!

Of course, the case started falling apart when someone else — another hotel guest — went to the hotel and claimed ownership of the radio in question:

He was held for 34 days as a material witness, and was released only after the radio was claimed by an airplane pilot who had no connection to Higazy; the radio had been linked to Higazy by a former police officer working at the hotel who later pled guilty to lying to the FBI about the radio.

There’s more to the story, but I’ll let you follow the link.