Ashcroft: Another Terror Case Bites the Dust
Throughout his tenure as Attorney General, John Ashcroft made press conferences announcing the arrest of a major terror group connected to al Qaeda....only to have the case falter and sputter out by the time it was over. He got some pleas from some bumbling holy warriors, like those in Buffalo and Portland, in exchange for not sending them to Guantanamo or removing them from federal court and charging them as enemy combatants, but that's about it. And, he inflated the Department's statistics.
Now, on the eve of his departure, it happens once again. Step back to March, 2003.
Attorney General John Ashcroft personally announced to Congress that federal prosecutors had filed terrorism-financing charges against a Yemeni sheik and his aide. Law enforcement officials indicated that the sheik, Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, had used a Brooklyn mosque to help funnel millions of dollars to Al Qaeda and had boasted that he had personally delivered $20 million to Osama bin Laden.
With jury selection underway, there is no longer any mention of Osama bin Laden or millions to al Qaeda. There is only that the defendant, a Yemeni Sheik, sent money to Hamas.
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