If At First You Don’t Succeed, Trial, Trial Again

Now I have a warped sense of humor, yup, I admit it. So this next article just sent my warp into overdrive! With not one but TWO failures already under its belt, prosecutors are determined to get a conviction on terrorism where the evidence seems to be lacking… Well, I’ll let you read for yourself since this is just better in the article than my rambling…

U.S. Gov’t to Re-Try Suspects in So-Called Sears Tower Plot. Again.

Posted by Liliana Segura, AlterNet at 11:00 AM on April 24, 2008.

The Bush Administration won’t let the facts get in the way in its desperate attempts to convict six men on terrorism charges.

Despite their wild claims of domestic destruction, the men did not get very far. As David Cole pointed out last fall, the defendant’s so-called terrorist plot did not seem to stretch beyond ordering combat boots. Also: “Their only Al Qaeda ‘connection’ was to a federal informant pretending to be Al Qaeda.”

So, after two high-profile prosecutorial failures, now might be a good time for the government to cut its losses and turn its attention to other cases in the ongoing “war on terror.” Right?

Wrong.

As it turns out, when it comes to pre-emptive terror prosecutions based on dubious evidence, the Bush administration believes the third time’s the charm. Yesterday the DoJ announced: “The United States has decided it’s necessary to proceed … one more time.”

Every time I read that last paragraph the giggles start! For supposed intelligent prosecutors these guys leave a bit to be desired don’t they? I mean, what happened to the double jeopardy clause? How about just the 5th Amendment? Or how about entrapment? Just another example of “Government Intelligence.” < shaking head >

U.S. Constitution: Fifth Amendment

Fifth Amendment – Rights of Persons

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No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

But no, the prosecutors are very serious about this, really, they are! Even if it takes them, oh, I don’t know HOW many times to prove it. I suppose if they go through enough judges one of them will agree with them, sooner or later. Is that justice? I guess that depends on which side of the prosecutors bench you are sitting on.

From the LATimes we get this snippet of the story:

The defendants have been detained since their arrests in June 2006. They are charged with four conspiracy counts stemming from an alleged plot to attack Chicago’s Sears Tower and Miami’s FBI headquarters.

Acknowledging that two juries have been unable to resolve the case, Gregorie said the U.S. attorney’s office would agree to the release of four of the accused on bond.

Having two juries deadlock over the same case has never happened in a major terrorism prosecution, leaving officials in a quandary.

I can imagine that is some quandary. You can just hear them lament, “Where oh where did we go wrong???” I’ve no idea, but two hung juries??? Someone want to explain this one to me? Anyway, the first article sure did touch my funny bone.

Perhaps if they torture these guys they can get the confession out of them that they want? I’m only trying to help the prosecutors out here. I mean, the war on terror and all is important and we wouldn’t want the bad guys to get away. And just because these guys seem more inept than capable of terrorism, more succeptable to entrapment than actually guilty of anything, but hey, what do I know? Wonder if the third time WILL be the charm?

Do you suppose taxpayers can get a refund for the first two trials? No? Well heck, now where is the fair in that? Seems like they are sticking it to us more than the “terrorists” don’t you think?

Enjoy…

YouTube – Jeff Dunham – Achmed the Dead Terrorist

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~ by justmytruth on April 25, 2008.

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