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November 21, 2006

Janet Reno Files Challenge to Terror Law

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri

Reno Files Challenge to Terror Law

Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers Monday arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.

It was the first time that Reno, attorney general in the Clinton administration, has spoken out against the administration's policies on terrorism detainees, underscoring how contentious the court fight over the nation's new military commissions law has become. Former attorneys general rarely file court papers challenging administration policy.

Suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is the only detainee being held in the United States.

The former prosecutors challenged the Justice Department's right to bring al-Marri before a military commission.

A citizen of Qatar, he was arrested in 2001 while studying in the United States. He had faced criminal charges until authorities designated him an enemy combatant and ordered him held at a naval base in South Carolina.

The Justice Department said in court papers last week that a new anti- terrorism law strips detainees such as al-Marri of the right to challenge their imprisonment in court.

Some of the eight attorneys named in the document are now in private practice and represent detainees at the military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Most served under President Clinton, though the list includes former U.S. Attorneys W. Thomas Dillard and Anton R. Valukas, who served under President Reagan.

"The existing criminal justice system is more than up to the task of prosecuting and bringing to justice those who plan or attempt terrorist acts within the United States without sacrificing any of the rights and protections that have been the hallmarks of the American legal system for more than 200 years," the attorneys wrote.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Well it seems Reno is Ramsey Clarks new side kick. Janet Reno's so concerned about terrorists. She can kiss my ass. The Clintons are pulling them all out to destroy this country, aren't they!?!! I mean what business does she have in today's world anyway.

I am not sure but I think International Law says that non-uniformed combatants may legally be shot on sight. Not captured unless capture is desired. Not given trials. Not given attorneys. In their quest to attack all things GOP/Conservative (and deliberately hinder our war effort), the Left would order attorneys for every prisoner our awesome troops capture.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 21, 2006 12:47 AM


Liberals do not want this War on Terror to be won, unless maybe there is a Democrat in the White House. Then the Dems can concede, quit the fight and declare victory. Then feign surprise as American cities, malls and institutions blow up.

This is aqlso an example of how much more disgusting lawyers become when you mix the legal profession and politics.

Posted by: TomR at November 21, 2006 06:02 AM

This is the woman who sent the tanks to WACO, guess where they came from Fort Hood, Texas, guess who was in charge of Fort Hood, the leftists elite General Wesley Clark.

She would rather destroy Christians by fire than keep the country safe from Islamo-fascist, aka Radical Islam.

As far as I am concerned she has the blood of innocents on her hands. She's also responsible for sending Elian Gonzales back Cuba. Cuba, the lefts representation of the perfect society,...

She is a real piece of work, she also fits the mold of being a perfect democrat, she is ugly as sin. The thing with her is she tries to spread the Ugly around that way it infects everyone involved.

Posted by: Mark at November 21, 2006 08:54 AM

Well, Janet Reno is a headline whore. I guess she hasn't been feeling enough media love lately, so she's got to do something to keep seeing her name on the six-o'clock news. Seriously... Reno first made her name in South Florida prosecuting cases of "ritual satanic abuse" in pre-schools and day-care centers. She arranged for the testimony of young children to be manipulated, and for their testimony to be presented in court in such a way (e.g., on videotape) that the defense was denied its right to cross-examine witnesses. She scored some headline-grabbing convictions of people who were subsequently proven innocent. She didn't care about that; she just wanted publicity, and she got it. Waco was just an extension of that same operating principle. And now this.

Posted by: Cousin Dave at November 21, 2006 09:59 AM

Now she cares about the rights of non-nationals. Where was that during the Elian Gonzales incident. Didn't seem to bother her or Clinton to bag the boy and send him back to the Cuban paradise. At least that kid wasn't screaming about chopping off our heads or blowing us up. Can't say the same for the kids in sand land.

Posted by: raz0r at November 21, 2006 11:00 AM

Tom I agree the dems do not want to win this war. Unless like you said they had a Dem as President then it would be like when Clinton was President and they were all saying Saddam had WMD. But of course with Bush as President the WMD no longer existed for the dems.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 21, 2006 12:17 PM

Mark Amen!

Amazing how now with the Dems in the Majority we hear names like McGovern and now Reno. They really love to repeat and never go forward.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 21, 2006 12:19 PM

Dave exactly thanks!

I was so hoping we would never hear about her again and then this. augh!

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 21, 2006 12:22 PM

razOr, oh how I would love to tell her off in person. I think she is evil.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 21, 2006 12:24 PM