The FBI’s littlest terrorist, 19-year old Mohamed Mohamud, is apparently being represented by some pretty good lawyers to defend him in his open-and-shut entrapment case; they’ve loudly and appropriately told, in no uncertain terms, Attorney General Eric Holder to shut his lying pie-hole. From this morning’s Oregonian:
Mohamed Mohamud’s defense team has asked a federal judge to put a muzzle on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The nation’s top prosecutor has commented publicly at least twice in recent weeks about the criminal case against Mohamud. The 19-year-old Somali-American is accused of plotting to bomb thousands of Christmas revelers at Portland’s Nov. 26 tree-lighting ceremony, a plot thwarted by an undercover FBI sting.
“Thwarted,” in this case, as Glenn Greenwald and others have ably pointed out, means “created,” but the Oregonian glosses over this rather obvious fact.
Defense lawyers Stephen R. Sady and Steven T. Wax filed a motion on Monday asking U.S. District Judge Garr M. King to prohibit government prosecutors from making further comments about the case. They allege that Holder’s public statements violated federal regulations and their client’s constitutional right to due process.
Prosecutors have not yet filed a response to the motion.
I wait with bated breath.
Mohamud’s defense team wrote in their motion that the Mohamud case already involves high risks regarding pretrial prejudice. They alleged that Holder’s remarks went far beyond general comments about the charges against their client or a discussion of policy issues.
Jesus H. Christ, the whole frigging CASE depends for its “success” on little more than pretrial prejudice, as it was obviously designed to do, but as usual, The Oregonian doesn’t get this. Instead, it editorialized that Mohamud’s nonexistent threat “proves” that Portland ought to get its jackboots on and join the Joint Terrorism Task Force in marching Little Beirut to the tune of the Police State drummer. (Alone among America’s larger cities, Portland has resisted this step in the post 9/11 era, a niggling detail that sticks in the craw of the authoritarian elite…)
“By opining on the merits of the case,” they wrote, “the government pollutes the jury pool with inappropriate opinions and prejudgments.”
The defense team noted that on Nov. 29, Holder told news media that the FBI had acted properly in making their case against Mohamud and rejected the notion that the bureau’s employees had made Mohamud the victim of illegal entrapment. On Dec. 10, the attorney general elaborated on those comments at a civil liberties gathering in San Francisco.
What the hell was Holder even doing at such a gathering, let alone addressing it? Did Liz Cheney have a beauty appointment that day?
“Those who characterize the FBI’s activities in this case as ‘entrapment’ simply do not have their facts straight — or do not have a full understanding of the law,” Holder said to the group Muslim Advocates at its annual dinner.
On some level, you have to admire the chutzpah of Holder to appear before a Muslim group and presumably eat their food, too, and then spout such arrogant, errant, nonsense; it’s revealing that, at least socially, he quite evidently doesn’t share the fear of Muslims his underlings are constantly trying to incite in others. You see, the FBI glommed onto then 17-year old Mohamud, who had been fingered by his own father as a potential risk, put him on a no-fly list that precluded him working on a fishing boat in Alaska where Sarah Palin could have presumably kept an eye on him, got him an apartment, a van, a bomb, etc., and what do you know? He morphed into the boy-band version of Osama Bin Laden, just in time for the War On Christmas. Will the taxpayer-funded terrorist miracles never cease?
Evidently not. Undaunted by their shameful, and costly, persecution of Brandon Mayfield, which only resulted in their wearing fascist egg on their idiotic faces (and a hefty settlement…), the increasingly desperate local branch of the FBI continues its demented, vicious, and wasteful efforts to create new terrorists out of whole cloth for the sole purpose of perpetuating their made-up “war,” of which the Mohamud “case” is only the latest example. A similar costly and copycat case, involving another impressionable teenage nobody in Virginia, popped up about the same time, and appears just as meritless as this one, reflecting little more laudable behavior from the people who Protect Our Freedoms than you’d expect from any other shameless mercenaries in a grabby outfit trying to rack up year-end bonuses. ”They” used to hate us for our freedom; if so, they must love us by now….
Clearly, the FBI shares America’s concern about unemployment.
Its own, anyway.