Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Obama Administration Strikes Disgraceful Plea Bargain With Mumbai Jihadi


The thought that an American government would do this makes me physically ill.

News that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had reached a plea bargain with David Coleman Headley, who played a key role in the planning of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008 in which 166 people were killed, has caused an uproar in India.

The deal enables the US government to hold back from formally producing any evidence against Headley in a court of law that might have included details of his links with US intelligence or oblige any cross-examination of Headley by the prosecution.

Nor can the families of the 166 victims be represented by a lawyer to question Headley during his trial commencing in Chicago. Headley's links with the US intelligence will now remain classified information and the Pakistani nationals involved in the Mumbai attacks will get away scot-free. Furthermore, the FBI will not allow Headley's extradition to India and will restrict access so that Indian agencies cannot interrogate him regarding his links with US and Pakistani intelligence.

You remember Mumbai, of course. It was one of the more successful and horrific attacks carried out by adherents of the Religion of Peace armed and trained in Pakistan against a civilian city, where jihadis slaughtered civilians with no discrimination as to age or sex or anything else.

Headly, a Pakistani-born US national AKA Daood Gilani, was the point man for the operation, the one who scouted out the vulnerable targets for his Pakistani jihadi masters in Lashkar-e-Taiba:

David Coleman Headley personally visited every target site of the 26/11 terror strikes last year, carrying out a recce on behalf of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a police source said today.

Posing as a Jew, he even visited Nariman House, the Jewish Chabad centre, in July 2008.

The Mumbai police today carried out raids in Bandra, its adjoining suburb Khar and BPO hub Goregaon in search of Headley’s local acquaintances and contacts.

“He (Headley) mapped the Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, Taj and Trident hotels and Nariman House. We are interrogating (filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son) Rahul to find out when he went to Leopold CafĂ©. That he did is certain — when he did that is what we need to know,” a top officer said.

Of course, they won't find out now...the Obama Administration has officially placed Headley under its protection.

Thanks to Headley, the Mumbai killers knew exactly where to go and even had their targets plotted out on GPS systems.That included the Chabad house, where Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his pregnant wife Rivkah, 28, were tied up and brutally tortured before they were murdered, along with 38-year-old Leibish Teitelbaum, 50-year-old Norma Shvarzblat Rabinovich, Yocheved Orpaz, 60, who had been traveling in India with a daughter and grandchildren, and Bentzion Chroman, 28(HY"D).


The Obama administration's plea bargain with Headley was deliberately put together to shield him and his Pakistani handlers and raises some interesting questions:

The LeT began planning the attack on Mumbai sometime around September 2006. According to the plea bargain, Headley paid five visits to India on reconnaissance missions between 2006 and the November 2008 strike, each time returning to the US via Pakistan where he met "with various co-conspirators, including but not limited to members of LeT".

The plea bargain simply refers to the Pakistani handlers of Headley as A, B, C and D. But who are they? We will never know.

The LeT's close links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are legion and it is inconceivable that such a massive operation - with huge international ramifications and the potential to trigger war with India - could have been undertaken without the knowledge of the ISI, headed by General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, the present army chief, from October 2004 until October 2007.

The plea bargain says chillingly that after Headley's fifth visit to India, "Lashkar [LeT] Member A advised defendant [Headley] of a number of details concerning the planned attacks, including that a team of attackers was being trained in a variety of combat skills, the team would be traveling to Mumbai by sea and using the landing site recommended by the defendant, the team would be fighting to the death and would not attempt to escape following the attacks."

Yet, the operative part of the plea bargain not only rules out Headley's extradition to India but does not show that Headley gave any kind of formal commitment to the FBI to subject himself to interrogation by the Indians. He has merely agreed to give testimony in any foreign judicial proceeding that is held in US territory.

In essence, the Americans are saying that they will tell the Indians what Headley is saying and there is no need to interrogate him face-to-face.

A major part of the ten commandments of the Obama Administration - Thou must appease and protect Islam at all times,no matter what.

And just as with Israel, if that calls for alienating and disrespecting a loyal, long term ally, so be it.

Absolutely despicable.

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Right Truth said...

Oh Rob, I am so sorry to hear this. It is almost unbelievable... but with Obama nothing should surprise any more. Everyone should rise up and cry to heaven and all media about this. Israel should be spreading the word also. I have no doubts, each day it is confirmed, Obama is anti-Israel and pro-terrorist.

No doubts. None.

I am ashamed he is our president.

I remember receiving emails about the atrocities that were done to the rabbi and his wife. No words can express my sorrow.

Right Truth

Freedom Fighter said...

I think his ultimate aim is to distance us from our traditional allies ( India,Israel, the UK,etc.) with the idea of ingratiating us with the Muslim world and 'punishing' the US for its alleged 'imperialism' and human rights crimes.

He has surrounded himself with people who have the same mindset.

The one survivor of the atrocities visited on the Chabad house was two-year old Moshe Holtzberg, who was found crying and covered in his parent's blood by his Indian babysitter, who heroically rescued him. They both now live in Israel with Moshela's grandparents. Th elink goes to a video of Moshe at his parent's funeral.

As I believe in a compassionate and loving G-d, I believe that justice for Headley will be forthcoming...and for those that have protected him, in G-d's own time.


Right Truth said...

Yes, I knew about little Moshela and his nanny, brave woman who loves him like a son.

I too believe in God's justice, because He is the only just and true God. I will leave it up to Him in his great wisdom to make sure everyone involved gets what they deserve, including Obama.

Right Truth