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Friday, March 8,2013

Republicans: bin Laden relative, terror suspect should not have U.S. trial

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The U.S. government has decided to proceed with a trial against a suspected terrorist in U.S. federal court rather than in a military tribunal, despite opposition from Republicans.

President Barack Obama, who had previously pledged to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has decided to try Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, in a civilian court for terrorism charges.

Republicans including Rep. Peter King, N.Y., and John Boehner, Ohio, released statements opposing the decision. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Abu Ghaith is an "enemy combatant" and should be given a military trial.

See the story at ABC News.

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Here we go again.  Well over a year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time in the naming of fighting terrorism.  Even our own citizens can be detained and tortured without trial.  What difference did it make killing Bin Laden and Hussein if nothing has changed?  You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html