when the FBI was asked to justify its accusations of terrorist activities against Lofti Raissi, its case fell apart in front of an independent judicial system:
'An Algerian pilot accused by the United States of training some of the September 11 hijackers walked free from court yesterday after a British judge ruled that charges against him were unsubstantiated. He is now considering suing for damages.
'Lotfi Raissi, 27, who was originally told he was likely to be charged with conspiracy to murder and could face the death penalty in the US, smiled as the judge said that there was no evidence whatsoever to support allegations of involvement in terrorism. His family clapped and outside the court he and his wife Sonia wept as they realised that an ordeal that has lasted seven months was finally over.
‘The man who was the first person to be accused of participating in the attacks on the World Trade centre and the Pentagon - and who was said to be the key suspect in the biggest investigation in criminal history - was free to go.’
Given that Ashcroft was certain that this man helped train the 9/11 terrorists, yet cannot justify this before an independent tribunal, what does this say about similar allegations against the inhabitants of Camp X-Ray and the ‘dissappeared’ (those people held incommunicado after 9/11, mostly Arab-American) who have been similarly accused of terrorism or supporting terrorism, but have not had their cases heard by an independent tribunal.
It does seem very strange that if Ashcroft believed in September 2001 that:
“He was a lead instructor of four of the pilots that were responsible for the hijackings,” prosecutor Arvinda Sambir told the court. “The one that we are concerned about is the one that went into the Pentagon.”
that it cannot be made to stand up in court.
I wonder how many of the questionably detained in Camp X-ray and in the US would fare if they had access to an independent tribunal as happened accidentally to Lofti Raissi- accidentally that is because he was arrested in the UK and not in Afghanistan or the US.