By lex, on June 10th, 2011
The European Parliament has a recommendation for us:**
The European Parliament, long a foe of the death penalty, urged the U.S. Thursday to abandon plans to seek the death penalty for a Saudi-born captive accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
In a resolution, the parliament noted that the accused, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, 46, was held and interrogated at a secret CIA prison in Europe out of reach of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“Mr. al-Nashiri’s case is especially sensitive in Europe, since he alleges that for several months in 2002 and 2003 he was tortured and held in secret CIA detention in Poland, and that during his four years in CIA custody before being transferred to Guantánamo, he was tortured by various means including waterboarding,” the parliament said in a statement announcing its approval of the resolution.
Mr. al-Nashiri’s case is especially sensitive in the US Navy, as seventeen sailors were murdered through his efforts and another 39 were maimed. A single death is too humane for him.
So let me briefly reply to the European Parliament: There’s a reason we left, you know.
Thanks for reminding us.
** 10-28-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.