Accused terrorist Abu Hamza al-Masri is finally coming to America for trial (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL) 04/13/12)
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Six years after being convicted in Britain on charges of inciting
hatred, one of the most notorious accused terrorists is finally on
the cusp of being extradited to the nation he hates most.
Bring Abu Hamza al-Masri to the U.S. so he can face swift,
transparent and final justice.
Hamza cuts a distinctive figure. He lost one eye and a hand under
cloudy circumstances in Afghanistan, and he uses a prosthetic
hook.Notoriously, while living in England, he hailed the 9/11 attack.
The U.S. wants Hamza on charges of aiding the taking of 16 hostages
in Yemen in 1998, a crime in which three Brits and an Australian were
killed. And of participating in attacks on American embassies in East
Africa. And of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon
in 2000 and 2001.
He is not yet convicted, but here is truth: This is a very, very bad
Before the British could send him and four other accused terrorists,
including an aide to Osama bin Laden, across the pond, they secured
review by the European Court of Human Rights.
The question was whether incarcerating the men in the maximum-
security prison at Florence, Colo., long home to John Gotti, would
violate their rights
.The court ruled: Go for the max; actually, for the Supermax.
An American Supermax facility, mind you, is not a pleasant place.
Cells are 7 by 12 feet, with just a small window allowing prisoners
to look up at the sky. Contact with other prisoners is forbidden.
Exercise is allowed once a day, in a separate, small, concrete room.
But: “Detention conditions and length of sentences of five alleged
terrorists would not amount to ill treatment if they were extradited
to the U.S.A.,” ruled the human rights gurus.
Given the crimes of which Hamza is accused, the accommodations are
downright plush. (© Copyright 2012 NYDailyNews.com. 04/13/12)
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