Gripping his Qur’an, jihad terror mastermind Abu Anas al-Libi appears in Manhattan court

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He was gripping a Qur’an? But isn’t he one of those Muslims who aren’t really Muslims at all, and who have twisted and hijacked the Religion of Peace? Why is it that they almost invariably appear to be the most devout and observant of Muslims? No one in the public square dares to ask such a question.

On the travesty of this man appearing in federal court and how it represents more denial of the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, see here. “Gripping His Koran, Anas al-Liby Has His Day in Court,” by Michael Daly for the Guardian, October 16:

In beige socks and black flip-flops, the man accused of bombing two U.S. embassies faced a judge in Manhattan. Michael Daly reports from the arraignment of Anas al-Liby.

To have called Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai an enemy combatant and consigned him to Guantanamo Bay would have only glorified him””while demeaning us.

Instead, he was brought into a 24th-floor courtroom in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday and arraigned just like any other accused killer.

He is tall, with a prominent nose, and generally bears enough resemblance to Osama bin Laden that it makes immediate sense he reportedly served as a decoy during the al Qaeda leader’s pre-9/11 travels.

Al-Ruqai, whose nom de jihad is Anas al-Liby, could also have just been dispatched with a bullet in the way of Zero Dark Thirty. But the U.S. Delta Force soldiers who swooped down on him outside his house in Tripoli, Libya on October 5 instead whisked him off to a Navy warship. He arrived in New York over the weekend and now here he was, shuffling up to the defense table in beige socks and black flip-flops.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt and light grey sweatpants with an elastic waist. One feature that distinguished him from bin Laden was his beard, which had an auburn tint in the lower extreme where grey had not yet encroached.

As would be any accused killer, he was rear cuffed, so he had not been able to bring the Koran that he is permitted to have in lock-up. One of the two public defenders detailed for the arraignment had offered to carry the green covered book and arrived in the courtroom shortly before him. The holy words with which al Qaeda has sought to justify the most unholy deeds were waiting on the table as he was uncuffed and directed to sit. He was presented with a set of earphones through which an Arabic interpreter would translate.

“All rise!” a court clerk called out.

The former decoy did as bid as Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan entered. You almost had to wish that bin Laden himself had survived just so he could face such a moment. He surely would have been helped to his feet if he had refused to obey the command.

“United Sates versus Anas al-Liby,” the clerk announced.

The judge began by asking the public defenders how their client wished to be addressed, and they replied that he preferred his given name. The judge posed his next question directly to al-Ruqai.

“Do you speak and understand English?” the judge asked.

“No, I do not,” al-Ruqai replied in Arabic after waiting for the translation.

If true, that would mean he spent nearly five years living in England””for a time working in a pizzeria””without learning English. He had fled shortly before indictment S (10) 98 CR 1023 of 1998 was unsealed, accusing him and 20 other suspected al Qaeda members of bombing two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing hundreds.

The judge took al-Ruqai at his word about his supposed lack of English and asked his age. Al-Ruqai again waited for the translator and answered in Arabic.

“I”m 49,” he said.

He looked more like a tired and worn 60, perhaps because he is said to be suffering from hepatitis. He also may be suffering the lingering effects of his years of detention in Iran, where he enjoyed none of the rights to legal representation that the judge now spelled out.

“Do you understand what I”ve said?” the judge asked.

“Naam,” al-Ruqai replied, that being Arabic for yes.

The judge asked if the case carries the death penalty, and the prosecutor said it does not. The proceedings then came to the point where a defendant is asked to enter a plea. Al-Ruqai is specifically charged with surveilling the U.S. embassy in Nairobi in preparation for the attack.

“Not guilty,” one of the public defenders said.

The judge ordered al-Ruqai remanded.

“There are no conditions under which he could be released before trial without endangering the safety of the community,” the judge said.

The proceedings done, al-Ruqai was again rear cuffed. That raised the question of what do to with the Koran. One of the public defenders handed it to a marshal, who hesitated for just an instant before taking it. The marshal held the book in one hand as he helped guide al-Ruqai back toward his cell with the other.

Along with the proceeding itself, that seemingly minor deed constituted a small but important defeat for al Qaeda. It made all the more clear that we are not waging a war on a religion, no matter how desperately the bad guys have sought to goad us into doing so….

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  1. says

    “One of the public defenders handed it to a marshal, who hesitated for just an instant before taking it. The marshal held the book in one hand as he helped guide al-Ruqai back toward his cell with the other.”

    I would wager the marshal hesitated because he was an infidel and was not wearing gloves.

  2. says

    A PERFECT IMAGE of what is going on: a known terrorist and mass killer holds a KORAN while being arraigned by a judge in the freest country in the world.

    The terrorist shows the REASON FOR HIS TERRORISM: the Koran.

    Is any journalist smart enough to interpret what they see?

    Has any journalist got eyes to see?

    Are they all brainwashed with political correctness?

    Is al-Libi’s message not clear enough?

  3. says

    Jihad Watch Softies logically should have little or no problems with this reporter’s slant on things (and it’s a decidedly, not to mention obnoxiously, heavy-handed slant unseemly for a journalist).

  4. says

    “It made all the more clear that we are not waging a war on a religion, no matter how desperately the bad guys have sought to goad us into doing so….”

    Unfortunately the religion in question is waging a war on the rest of us.

  5. says

    He looked more like a tired and worn 60, perhaps because he is said to be suffering from hepatitis.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And he suffers from islamitis …a disease that rots your heart and soul.

    islam is wholly evil.

  6. says

    The mysteries of the Obama strategy against terrorism: Anas al-Libi is forcibly extradited back to the US to be granted the honor and privilege of being accorded a trial; meanwhile about a year ago, in September of 2012, another “Libi” — one Yahya al-Libi (both names mean “the Libyan”) — was droned by Obama. The new Libi isn’t any less a dangerous terrorist than the previous Libi. So why drone one, and grant the other a trial?

  7. says

    “It made all the more clear that we are not waging a war on a religion, no matter how desperately the bad guys have sought to goad us into doing so….”

    When are we going to start fighting against ISLAM then? The whole world is going nuts, I swear.

  8. says

    I hope they find former Embassy staff who lost friends or loved ones to testify. Likewise a few Kenyan or Tanzanian officials who can give gory details on their nationals who died in those blasts. I hope the prosecution trots out all kinds of pictures of dead and mangled minors, not that I like gore, but that any jury or panel of judges would recognize that they are deciding what to do with a poster boy for the death penalty.

    I hope it sinks into Libi’s warped and twisted mind that he’s in the hands of the Kufr. I hope that any radical defense attorney who plays circus or similar games on this guy’s behalf ends up like Lynne Stewart.

  9. says

    Gripping his Qur’an, jihad terror mastermind Abu Anas al-Libi appears in Manhattan court
    …………………………..

    Well, of course he was. This was the handbook for Jihad that inspired his act of terrorism in the first place.

    Of course, most clueless Infidels are going to interpret this as his holding his “holy book” for comfort…

    By the way, how many Christian defendants would be allowed to hold a Bible while being arraigned?

    More:

    In beige socks and black flip-flops, the man accused of bombing two U.S. embassies faced a judge in Manhattan. Michael Daly reports from the arraignment of Anas al-Liby.

    To have called Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai an enemy combatant and consigned him to Guantanamo Bay would have only glorified him”while demeaning us.
    …………………………..

    In what would it have “demeaned” us?

    More:

    Instead, he was brought into a 24th-floor courtroom in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday and arraigned just like any other accused killer.
    …………………………..

    Except, of course, he’s not”most killers, no matter how vile, are not slaughtering us as a matter of policy on “religious” grounds…but Jihadists like al-Libi are.

    More

    As would be any accused killer, he was rear cuffed, so he had not been able to bring the Koran that he is permitted to have in lock-up. One of the two public defenders detailed for the arraignment had offered to carry the green covered book and arrived in the courtroom shortly before him.
    …………………………..

    Was the filthy Kuffar wearing gloves?

    More:

    The holy words with which al Qaeda has sought to justify the most unholy deeds were waiting on the table…
    …………………………..

    This falsely implies, of course, that the appalling Qur’an really is a “holy book”, and that Jihadists like al-Libi are just “misunderstanders” of their faith…

    More:

    “All rise!” a court clerk called out.

    The former decoy did as bid as Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan entered. You almost had to wish that bin Laden himself had survived just so he could face such a moment. He surely would have been helped to his feet if he had refused to obey the command.
    …………………………..

    What crap. We’ve seen Jihadists refuse to rise when the Kuffar judge enters before. I’ve never seen a case where they have been forced to do so.

    More:

    “Do you speak and understand English?” the judge asked.

    “No, I do not,” al-Ruqai replied in Arabic after waiting for the translation.

    If true, that would mean he spent nearly five years living in England”for a time working in a pizzeria”without learning English.
    …………………………..

    Muslim supremacy in any case. Either he never bothered to learn the tongue of the filthy Infidels, or else he does speak English, but just want to compel the United States justice system to provide him with an Arabic translator as a bit of “Lawfare”.

    More:

    “I’m 49,” he said.

    He looked more like a tired and worn 60, perhaps because he is said to be suffering from hepatitis. He also may be suffering the lingering effects of his years of detention in Iran, where he enjoyed none of the rights to legal representation that the judge now spelled out.
    …………………………..

    Sympathy for the devil”would we expect anything less from the Guardian?

    More:

    The judge asked if the case carries the death penalty, and the prosecutor said it does not…
    …………………………..

    Hey, he’s just responsible for the bloody Jihad slaughter of hundreds of innocent people, including American citizens. How could it be a death penalty case? sarc/off

    More:

    “There are no conditions under which he could be released before trial without endangering the safety of the community,” the judge said.
    …………………………..

    A tiny glimmer of sanity, at least…you can’t always count on even this in the West.

    More:

    The proceedings done, al-Ruqai was again rear cuffed. That raised the question of what do to with the Koran. One of the public defenders handed it to a marshal, who hesitated for just an instant before taking it. The marshal held the book in one hand as he helped guide al-Ruqai back toward his cell with the other.
    …………………………..

    Did the marshal blanch at touching that vile tome, or was he concerned because he wasn’t wearing gloves to protect it from his unclean Najis Kuffar self? I wish I could be certain it was the former…

    More:

    Along with the proceeding itself, that seemingly minor deed constituted a small but important defeat for al Qaeda. It made all the more clear that we are not waging a war on a religion, no matter how desperately the bad guys have sought to goad us into doing so….
    …………………………..

    Ah”right. I guess that means that rank-and-file Muslims will be impressed by how much we “respect” the “religion of peace”.

    Somehow, though, it never works like that”instead, they consider us dhimmi fools.

  10. says

    “It made all the more clear that we are not waging a war on a religion, no matter how desperately the bad guys have sought to goad us into doing so….”
    _________________

    Huh? Oh yes we are waging a war on Islam. Islam is the enemy. Its adherents are the enemy, just as the adherents of Nazism were our enemy. Just as the adherents of Communism were our enemy throughout the cold war.

    Ideology is ideology, no matter its stripe.

    We ARE at war with Islam, and the sooner we face that fact, the sooner the war will be won.

  11. says

    Assuming the “defendant” is found guilty and put in jail for life what would that mean in the real world.

    Terrorist from Libya plus liberal politicians plus back room deals equals Tony Blair Lockerbie syndrome all over again.

  12. says

    If he claims to be “re-born” and not a danger to society after his trial, they should burn a koran in front of him and see if he loses it.

    Would be an interesting test?

  13. says

    I don’t believe ‘clarity’ is an issue – it’s a question rather of the willingness to see the truth instead than shoring up useless and vain preconceptions about what is obviously a vile ‘religion’.

  14. says

    I for one saw through that slant, LL, however we are talking about The Guardian – a notoriously Libtard broadsheet – that I, personally, wouldn’t even wipe my butt with.

  15. says

    PS
    Note the body language in the above link

    Tony Blair seems to be groveling and seeking approval like a pathetic Dhimmi-Dummy while Gaddafi seems disgusted and annoyed like he is being pestered by a yapping lapdog in need of petting.

  16. says

    The people have got to stop recognizing Islam is not a religion. It is evil in its’ purest form.
    We do not war against mankind, we war against the evil of Satan and the blind ignorance he has placed on mankind. 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11lPut on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand the evil day, and having done all, to stand. The New King James Version. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. Eph 6:10-13