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Holder’s Sham Trial

Nov 29, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 11 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The whole point of al Qaeda’s terrorism, after all, is not just to blow up government buildings. It is to kill as many civilians as possible. In this regard, the 1998 embassy bombings were al Qaeda’s most devastating attack prior to September 11, 2001. But now, according to a U.S. federal court, Ahmed Ghailani merely conspired to blow up two embassy buildings, and was “not guilty” of conspiring to murder the innocent men and women who worked inside them.

Thus, the jury failed to hold Ghailani accountable for the evil he and al Qaeda perpetrated. And the Obama administration’s trial, with its farcical outcome, did nothing to bring Ahmed Ghailani to justice.

—Thomas Joscelyn

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