Thursday, August 16, 2007

Padilla defense: "His intent was to study, not to murder."

Did in by fingerprints in Afghanistan, another one of Michael Moore's Minutemen gets his due process and then some. Another victory for George Bush, so says Mrs. Padilla. The dirty bomb threat, not one of the charges here, was for real. This was no ham sandwich indictment and conviction.
James Cohen, criminal law professor at Fordham University, said the form likely cinched the case for many jurors.

"The fingerprints on the application, combined with the claim that Padilla's purpose was humanitarian when various Muslim charities are accused of being mere fronts for terrorism, adds up to a difficult defense," Cohen said.

Central to the investigation were some 300,000 FBI wiretap intercepts collected from 1993 to 2001, mainly involving Padilla's co-defendants Hassoun and Jayyousi and others. Most of the conversations were in Arabic and purportedly used code such as "tourism" and "football" for violent jihad or "zucchini" and "eggplant" instead of military weapons or ammunition.

The bulk of these conversations and other evidence concerned efforts in the 1990s by Hassoun and Jayyousi, both 45, to assist Muslims in conflict zones such as Chechnya, Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan and Lebanon.

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