The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that Ali and four other men accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people in the nation’s deadliest terrorist attack will face a civilian federal trial just blocks from the World Trade Center site.
Ali, also known as Ammar al-Baluchi, is a nephew of professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and he is the husband of the ‘female Osama bin laden’ Aafia Siddiqui who is represented by a another member of the NYC National Lawyers Guild, Elizabeth Fink who is on the Executive Committee for the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
Fenstermaker met with Ali this past Tuesday at the Guantánamo Bay prison, during which Ali stated his “desire for a trial despite his intentions to admit his role in the attacks and seek ‘martyrdom’ through execution” and also telling him that it was not just him but all five men that were seeking to stand trial. Center for Constitutional Rights, which is linked to the NLG, represents detainees at Guantanamo Bay, its lawyers fight to have cases tried in U.S. courtrooms - that is to say, to turn them into propaganda circuses.
Sabrina Shroff is the lawyer for Haji Juma Khan, 54, a/k/a Abdullah or Haji Juma Khan Mohammadhasni, he is among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the 2006 federal narco-terrorism statute. On Thursday, Khan was detained in Indonesia and turned over to the United States, which had sent a notice to Interpol that he was being sought, authorities said. Khan had just arrived in Jakarta on a flight from Dubai, they said. Khan’s lawyer is Sabrina Shroff, she is a member of the National Lawyers Guild. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), which is not openly communist, but has been known as a front organization for communists.
21 Oct 2008…An American student who became the first person extradited to the United States from Britain on terrorism charges is being subjected to inhumane prison conditions, his lawyer Sean Maher argued on Tuesday (“torture” again). Terror suspect Syed Fahad Hashmi, from Queens NY, is a member of the terrorist group al-Muhajiroun, he had been arrested in London by anti-terrorist police, June 2006 at London’s Heathrow airport. Hashmi is being held at the Manhattan Detention Center New York City on four counts of providing material support to Al Qaida, his attorney is Sean Maher. Sean Maher is an attorney at a Midtown Manhattan Law office, Mr. Maher is a member of the National Lawyers Guild.
In 2003, a controversy arose around the case of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) member attorney Lynne Stewart, who was charged with transmitting terrorist communications from prison for Omar Abdel-Rahman, (of course he was also “tortured” ) her former client and mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. Stewart was ultimately convicted of the charges and sentenced to 28 months in federal prison “Lawyer Gets Prison Term in Terrorism Case.” The NLG supported Stewart, condemning the charges and the conviction.
Stewart a product of the National Lawyers Guild, a 70-year-old far-left legal outfit that has yet to discover an anti-American cause it won't embrace. Despite her colleagues' insistence that she's simply a principled defender of due process, Stewart herself was unapologetic in supporting Rahman's agenda. Stewart was backed by the hard-core Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Its lawyers fight to have cases tried in U.S. courtrooms - that is to say, to turn them into propaganda circuses. Sadly, the CCR has enjoyed a number of legal victories, the latest being Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, where the Supreme Court ruled that Osama bin Laden's driver deserved certain legal protections.
The CCR and National Lawyers Guild enjoy wide support; the latter gets funds from the Ford Foundation and George Soros' Open Society Institute. Plus, as Richard Miniter noted in The Post last Friday, terrorists at Gitmo are using envelopes from their correspondence with CCR lawyers - stamped "attorney-client privilege" - to secure their communications as they plot against guards.
The NLG aggressively defended terrorist Sami Al-Arian, who for several years was the North American head of the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad. (Former NLG Executive Vice President Kit Gage replaced Al-Arian as President of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom after al-Arian's February 2003 arrest on a number of terrorism charges.)