Friday, July 20, 2007
Revealing Secrets To Try Terrorists In Open Court.
"[Shannen] Rossmiller's terrorist-hunting might never have been exposed had it not been for the [Spc. Ryan] Anderson case. Called as a witness, she fought hard to keep her identity a secret. Anderson's right to confront his accuser won out." (Here.)Anderson's citizenship, presence in the United States, and military status compelled his open trial in a military court and resulted in the exposure of a valuable American intelligence asset. The example of Rossmiller's exposure is one more reason why giving terrorists the same rights held by uniformed soldiers and regular criminals would be a mistake.
Technorati: terrorism, war, jihad.
Labels: War on Jihad
I'm puzzled as to why Rossmiller was summoned as a witness. If federal agents caught Anderson attempting to commit espionage, then that should have been all the evidence needed. Perhaps she was summoned to dispel the appearance of entrapment. Remember the John DeLorean case, in which everybody involved but DeLorean was a federal agent or informant? DeLorean beat the rap, but then, he wasn't classified as a terrorist.
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