Friday, November 27, 2009

Defense Claims 'Mental Incompetence' in 9/11 Terror Trials; or, WTF is 'Persecutory Disorder'?

Well, the news has it that Islamist groups are floating the meme that Nidal Malik Hussein's a "victim" of "modern-science fiction style psychological warfare" (with obvious implications for the prosecution); so there should be no surprise what defense attorneys are arguing for the 9/11 terror-trial defendants. From the Wall Street Journal, "Mental State Cited in 9/11 Case":

When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all.

Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh, an accused organizer of the 9/11 plot, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, the conspiracy's alleged paymaster, say their clients have mental disorders that make them unfit for trial, likely caused or exacerbated by years of harsh confinement in Central Intelligence Agency custody.

The issue already has arisen in military-commission proceedings at the military's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to an August ruling by a military judge, prosecutors have made an "apparent concession" that Mr. Binalshibh "suffers from a delusional disorder-persecutory type" disorder. Mr. Binalshibh has been prescribed "a variety of psychotropic medications used to treat schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder, including Haldol, Abilify, risperidone and Ativan," according to commission records.

Haldol, Abilify, risperidone, and Ativan! Geez, who who needs ObamaCare insurance reform? Folks can head down to the jihadis' pharmacies at Club Gitmo!

See also:

* Atlas Shrugs, "Going Mental: The Jihadis' Joke on America has begun, thanks to President MO and Hijab Holder."

* Jihad Watch, "9/11 Plotters Start on Their Road to Freedom: Lawyers to Argue They're Incompetent to Stand Trial."

* Snooper Report, "Terror In NYC and Our Constitution."

* Yid With Lid, "NUTS!!!!: Will Two 9/11 Attackers Be Declared Mentally Unfit For NY Civilian Trial ?"


SR said...

This jerk-off Obama really pisses me off.

Dana said...

It seems kind of strange to me: if the defendants really are mentally incompetent to stand trial, they we still wind up holding them as prisoners until they are mentally competent to stand trial; we don't just let them go. They still wind up in jail!

The only thing that gets them out of jail is being acquitted, something that can't happen unless they actually stand trial. Who knows, it may be that some of them really are nuts, but as long as they are nuts in jail, I really don't care.

There is virtually no chance that we will ever let these guys go free; the President is already planning to hold about 75 of them whom we know to be really bad guys but can't prove so in court, without trials, either civilian or military. So, the jihadists are at the point, really, of proudly proclaiming their intentions and actions, and making themselves heroes to their like-minded compatriots, or slinking away from the light as much as they possibly can; the 72 houris await only the brave, not the cowards.

Of course, even if they are convicted and sentenced to death, the probabilities that they will actually be executed are fairly low.