Skip to comments.'THE REAL DEAL'
Posted on 05/28/2004 12:23:41 AM PDT by kattracks
May 28, 2004 -- Yesterday's arrest of Britain's most no torious Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza al-Masri, on U.S. terrorism charges coming on the heels of the Justice Department's latest terrorist advisory is a sobering reminder that the War on Terror is not limited to the Middle East.
Al-Masri (whose real name is Mustafa Kamel Mustafa) was charged in an 11-count indictment in Manhattan federal court with providing aid to al Qaeda including trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon before 9/11.
The indictment was handed up last month; it was only unsealed after British police arrested him at his London home.
Unfortunately, al-Masri is unlikely to go to trial soon: He has vowed to fight extradition to the United States. And any deal to extradite him would likely force Washington to drop all capital charges, meaning that he'd no longer face a possible death sentence.
Not that he doesn't deserve the harshest possible punishment if found guilty: Al-Masri allegedly has a long, well-documented record of terrorist connections.
As New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday: "This is the real deal. Think of him as a freelance consultant to terrorist groups worldwide."
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