Why bring him to New York? He's not a US citizen. Would FDR have tried Goebbels in NY?
Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law captured, turned over to U.S. Washington Post, March 7, 2013
A former spokesman for al-Qaeda and son-in-law of its founder, Osama bin Laden, has been captured overseas and is being brought to the United States, where he is expected to face trial in New York, U.S. officials announced Thursday.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was initially detained in Turkey but was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan while he was in the process of being deported to Kuwait, according to U.S. officials.
“It has been 13 years since Abu Ghaith allegedly worked alongside Osama Bin Laden in his campaign of terror, and 13 years since he allegedly took to the public airwaves, exhorting others to embrace al Qaeda’s cause and warning of more terrorist attacks like the mass murder of 9/11,” Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.
Abu Ghaith, believed to be in his late 50s, was part of al-Qaeda’s inner circle before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and cemented his ties to the terrorist network’s leader by marrying bin Laden’s eldest daughter, Fatima. In videos and statements posted on Web sites, he celebrated the success of the strikes on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and warned that al-Qaeda was entitled to kill millions of additional Americans and employ chemical and biological weapons.
“The storms shall not stop, especially the airplanes storm,” Abu Ghaith said after the attacks, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. He advised Muslims, children, and opponents of the United States “not to board any aircraft and not to live in high rises.”
Abu Ghaith will become the closest relative of bin Laden — who was killed two years ago by U.S. commandos in Pakistan — to face trial in an American court. The case also marks a rare instance under the Obama administration in which a terrorism suspect has been captured and taken into U.S. custody.
Officials at the FBI, the CIA and the White House declined comment Thursday, but a statement released by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) praised the Obama administration for the apprehension of Abu Ghaith.
“I commend our CIA and FBI, our allies in Jordan, and President Obama for their capture of al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith,” King said in the statement. “I trust he received a vigorous interrogation, and will face swift and certain justice. The propaganda statements in which Abu Ghaith and his late father-in-law, Usama bin Laden, praised the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are alone enough to merit the most serious punishment.”
Abu Ghaith, a native of Kuwait, was part of a group of al-Qaeda operatives who were held under a form of house arrest in Iran for several years. Reports in the Turkish press on Thursday said Abu Ghaith had entered Turkey on a forged Saudi passport and was detained by authorities there after the Turkish government received a tip from the CIA.
Turkey then moved to deport Abu Ghaith, who was taken into U.S. custody in Jordan, according to the reports.