After the closing statements, the panel of six senior military officers began deliberations. If convicted, Mr. Hamdan faces a possible life term. Even if acquitted, he will probably remain in custody [prison camp] as an ' 'enemy combatant' ' until the government determines [decides to declare] the war on terrorism is over - NY Times reporting on our "free" country (nother defense lawyer, Joseph M. McMillan, said the s contentions amounted to guilt by association. He noted that after World War II, s driver, Erich Kempka, Hitler's driver, was not prosecuted as a war criminal._
Elusive al-Qaeda mastermind Osama-bin Laden may have terrorised the world, but his 26-year-old son Omar wants to launch a movement of peace. Omar also wants his father to give up violence and find another way to pursue his goals. Omar, who last saw Osama in 2000 when he decided to leave al Qaeda, said that he did not think his father was a terrorist and was sure that he must have felt very sorry for the September 11 terror attacks.. however [Omar] expressed apprehensions that his father "doesn't have the power to stop the movement at this moment." .."I try and say to my father: 'Try to find another way to help or find your goal. This bomb, these weapons, it's not good to use it for anybody, "he said. Omar said he doesn't consider his father to be a terrorist. When his father was fighting the Soviets, Washington considered him a hero, he said. "Before they called it war; now they call it terrorism," he said. He said his father believes it his duty is to protect Muslims from attack. "He believes this is his job -- to help the people," he said. "I don't-- -- think my father is a terrorist because history tells you he's not." However, Omar bin Laden said he differs greatly with his father over the killing of civilians. "I don't think 9/11 was right personally, but it happened," he said. "I don't think ... [the war] in Vietnam was right. I don't think what's going on in Palestine is right. I don't think what's going on in Iraq is right." [notice how this last phrase was self-censored out in australian version of this story; see link below for fuller story] He said he left al Qaeda because he did not want to be associated with killing civilians. He said his father did not try to dissuade him from leaving al Qaeda. "My father is a very kind man," Omar told ABC. "And he very sorry when he does something like September 11." "He believes if he put two buildings down, maybe some people will die," explained Omar. "But millions other will be saved. He believed that." [source interview] [Sounds like George Bush's excuses for killing Iraqis, except Bush killed not 3,000 but over 300,000! -ED] Asked why he did not protest more strongly to his father's role in the killing of civilians, he said it is up to the religious clerics close to his father to tell Osama bin Laden to change tactics in the name of Islam. And even if that most unlikely scenario were to occur, he said, al Qaeda would not stop. "My father doesn't have the power to stop the movement at this moment." .."I still love him, so much, with all my heart," he said, adding "if you ask Bush's daughter if she loves her father, sure she will love him."
& dissecting "But we didn't MEAN to kill Afghani civilians" line. (9/02)
Drain the Swamp
For more see Zmag.org
* Former Pakistani diplomat reveals: Washington was planning in mid-July, long before the terrorist attacks to invade Afghanistan (this fall, before winter). Here's the URL for that: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/south_asia/newsid_1550000/1550366.stm
Do you want to go down in history as one of LBJ'S killers! Think it over, talk it over. Act together. Don't let the Babykiller think for you. It's your head. USE IT, DON'T LOSE IT"
"We need to attack Iraq not to punish it for what it might have, but preemptively, as part of a global war. Iraq is just one piece of a campaign that will last years, taking out states, cleansing the planet" -Washington's military leaders at the private Davos summit of world rulers.
Unfortunately environmental degradation by "world's biggest polluter" [see comments section] won't be significantly decreased by either of the 2 corporate parties. Worst failure? Iraq.Iraq, Iraq.... A war of aggression is the supreme international crime. Bush's reactionary response gave Bin-Laden an astounding return on his investment in the 9-11 hijackers (Mostly Saudis): Fear, A breeding ground for more terrorism, Increased threat of nuclear proliferation, more Gov't control of our freedoms, a doubling of our oil $'s for the Saudis & Trillions$ wasted on Death & Destruction , What do we owe Iraqis for destroying their country?
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Except for two things: terror is always wrong (unlike drug use, which I personally avoid but is not always terrible thing) including being wrong when the U.S. and other states are the ones committing "wholesale" state-terror (as well as wrong when non-state entities carry out the "retail" version) but also sadly, this: their actions are far from always "Freeze or I'll shoot" - it is often shoot to kill (WOT) without benefit of even a trial (drone strikes) and even in War on Drugs, TheYoungTurks and others have covered many cases of "[kick down the door and] shoot first, ask questions later"