Hamdan Sentenced to Time Served Plus Six Months

Breaking now…still waiting on the exact sentence.

Prosecutors asked for at least 30 years. His five convictions for materially supporting terrorism each carry a penalty of up to life imprisonment.

I will be updating shortly.

FIVE AND A HALF YEARS: Hamdan sentenced to only five years and six months!

More: I can’t emphasize how important this case is. Something which should have been fairly straightforward—convicting and punishing unlawful enemy combatants—has dragged on for seven years. Hamdan’s fate has been addressed by no less than three district court judges, three appeals court judges, and the Supreme Court, in addition to the CSRB and the military commission which just passed judgment on him.

He may now appeal to a military court of appeals set up specifically for the Guantanamo Bay detainees and after that to the federal courts.

And yet more: CNN is reporting that Hamdan is getting credit for time served. He therefore has only six months left to serve on his conviction for material support for terrorism. (DrewM. pointed out this possibility in the other thread.) At that point he will be reintegrated with the general population at Guantanamo Bay. He is still subject to indefinite detention as a combatant in wartime, but, like all combatant-detainees he may be released if it is determined that he no longer poses a risk of returning to combat activities.

What happens now? Hamdan serves the remaining six months on his sentence. Then he gets held as a combatant for as long as the military and the administration believes he remains a security threat.

The military commission goes ahead for child-soldier Omar Khadr, whose trial has been set for October 8.

The Pentagon still plans to continue with military commissions for the al Qaeda big fish: 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 9/11 coordinator Ramzi Binalshibh, financial backer Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Mohammed’s number 1 Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, and USS Cole bomber Walid Bin Attash.

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~ by Gabriel Malor on August 7, 2008.

One Response to “Hamdan Sentenced to Time Served Plus Six Months”

  1. Hypocrisy of the “Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada” Movement

    As soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the “fascist regime” of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A “victim” held by “fascist regimes” this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn’t kill anyone and didn’t fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.

    The “repatriate Khadr” crowd describes him as “a child”, “a kid”, “a boy”, and even “a torture victim”, with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about “child abuse.” And they all scream for justice.

    They want justice? OK, let’s talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this “child”? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this “kid”? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this “a boy”? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this “torture victim” is behind bars? How many of these “repatriate Khadr” hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn’t find a single one.

    One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let’s forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let’s forget that Khadr’s father was an al Qaeda financier. Let’s forget that Khadr’s family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let’s just remember what this “child” was fighting for in Afghanistan.

    This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.html

    Why don’t all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let’s talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.

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