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Former Sailor Gets 10 Years For Supporting Al Quaeda…No Torture Necessary.

Posted by Bill Nance on April 3, 2009

Hassan Abu-Jihaad, a former sailor stationed on the USS Benfold was sentenced to ten years in Federal prison for espionage.

WASHINGTON (CNN)A former U.S. Navy sailor who provided al Qaeda supporters secret information about planned ship movements received a maximum 10-year prison sentence, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The former sailor, Hassan Abu-Jihaad, was convicted in 2008 of disclosing secrets on ship movements to potentially enable an attack similar to one carried out against the destroyer USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. sailors.

A federal jury heard the case in Connecticut, which is home to a Web hosting company that included Web sites of a London, England-based organization that allegedly supported acts of terrorism.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Abu-Jihaad praised Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, and praised the attack on the USS Cole as a “martyrdom operation.”

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kravitz in New Haven granted prosecutors’ request for the longest possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

Well isn’t that just amazing.  When an American citizen commits a crime, you can try, convict and imprison them.  Sadly that wasn’t the case for former gang-banger and general loser Jose Padilla, the alleged “dirty bomber” (against whom no related charges were ever brought nor the slightest bit of actual evidence connecting him to any such plot ever discovered) wasn’t so lucky.

Nope, the Bush Administration declared Padilla and “enemy combatant” and had him tortured for several years while in military custody.  Tortured him until he was essentially made insane by the process, according to his lawyers and the civilian psychiatrists who interviewed him.

So the lesson for today folks is that the justice system works just fine. You don’t need to unlawfully detain American Citizens without legal counsel or charges for years at a time and you don’t have to torture people to make a case.

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