Uruguay agrees to U.S. request to take some Guantanamo inmatesMONTEVIDEO
"Human rights reasons." Of COURSE it is. Blah blah blah. Read the rest here.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan. bin Laden's son in law, and al Qaeda spokesman is on trial in US civilian court.
From the Beeb:
Al-Qaeda spokesman: Bin Laden said 'deliver a message'
21 March 2014A man US prosecutors say was al-Qaeda's spokesman after 9/11 has testified Osama Bin Laden wanted him "to deliver a message to the world".Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, took the stand in his own defence at his terrorism trial in New York City on Wednesday.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to kill Americans, and his defence lawyers say he had no advance knowledge of the attacks.
The case is one of the highest-profile terror trials in a US civilian court.
On Wednesday, Mr Abu Ghaith told the court he arrived in Afghanistan in June 2001 because he had a "serious desire to get to know the new Islamic government" there.
Mr Abu Ghaith's remarks came a day after a judge ruled jurors would not hear testimony from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attacks....
Interesting article here as the prosecution lays out its case.Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is the most senior person within bin Laden's inner circle to be put on trial in an American civilian court. Daily Mail has a write up - with pictures - on this latest circus:
Prosecutors claim Abu Ghaith knew of planned attacks against the U.S. and provided support and resources to terrorists.
Abu Ghaith, who has denied the charges, faces life in prison if convicted. The rare gambit by the defense on Wednesday was a last-ditch effort to counter a mountain of evidence against Abu Gaith, including an alleged confession and videos showing him sitting beside bin Laden on September 12, 2001, and another in which he warned Americans that 'the storm of airplanes will not abate'.
The defense has never disputed that Abu Ghaith associated with bin Laden after 9/11, but they contend that he was recruited as a religious teacher and orator, and had no role in plotting more attacks....
Go read here.
As always, Jihad Watch gives their take:
March 19, 2014 Robert Spencer
That sound you hear is of 9/11 truthers’ heads exploding all over the land. Of course, other Islamic jihadists have admitted this before, and that hasn’t stopped the truthers, so this probably won’t, either. It has been made abundantly clear over the last twelve-plus years of jihad since 9/11 that some people are impervious to facts and evidence, no matter what....
Spencer has an extensive transcript of the proceedings here.
Over in Afghanistan, Karzai continues to speed up the release of detainees, against direct opposition of the west. From Reuters:
Afghan prisoners walk outside the Parwan Detention Facility after their release in Bagram Airbase, northern Kabul, March 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Omar SobhaniAfghanistan frees 77 prisoners despite UK, coalition warningKABUL
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