Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Somali arrested by U.S. sought to expand al Shabaab. NY Arraignment of Somali Man Renews Terrorism Trial Debate

NY Arraignment of Somali Man Renews Terrorism Trial Debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An accused leader of the Somali militant group al Shabaab captured by U.S. forces and charged in a federal court sought to expand the group's operations beyond his home country, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, believed to be in his mid-20s, was captured in waters between Yemen and Somalia on April 19. He was interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy ship by a special intelligence team for information about al Shabaab and a second group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.Warsame was later turned over to the FBI, which questioned him. He was indicted in New York on weapons charges as well as conspiracy and providing material support to the two groups, which have been designated by the United States as terrorist organizations.Warsame was allegedly a high-ranking figure. One U.S. official said he was seen as a senior commander for al Shabaab and served as a liaison between his group and AQAP, which Obama administration officials have described as al Qaeda's most worrisome affiliate.He was "trying to push Shabaab's reach," said the U.S. official, who requested anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.Al Shabaab has conducted only limited strikes outside of Somalia, notably the twin bombings in Uganda that killed 79 people watching the World Cup final last year.In contrast, AQAP has made greater efforts to launch attacks on the United States, including sending a suicide bomber onto a U.S. commercial airliner in 2009 with explosives hidden in his underwear.Additionally, U.S. authorities recently issued a warning that militants have shown renewed interest in trying to surgically implant a bomb inside someone and detonate it aboard a commercial flight. U.S. officials told Reuters that credible intelligence pointed to AQAP.Another U.S. national security official said that Warsame had traveled back and forth between Somalia and Yemen more than once. During his trips to Yemen, the official said, Warsame is believed to have discussed a possible arms deal with AQAP leaders, as well as training and tactics.
The U.S. official said that Warsame was captured by the U.S. Navy while in transit back to Somalia from one of his visits to Yemen.Warsame's capture, interrogations and eventually granting of U.S. legal rights have given new life to the argument between President Barack Obama and critics who condemn his plan to prosecute Warsame in a federal criminal court.Warsame's treatment contrasts with how captured militants were handled in the Bush administration's early days, when many suspects were sent to the Guantanamo prison for detention and prosecution outside the U.S. civilian court system."This case again underscores the complications of handling terrorist suspects who have valuable intelligence but who cannot be shipped to Bagram or Guantanamo," Juan Zarate, a counterterrorism official under former President George W. Bush, said referring to U.S. military prisons there.U.S. authorities are still examining whether Warsame had direct contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, an American imam who has become a senior leader of AQAP and is believed to be hiding in Yemen. It is possible, if not likely, that he did, the U.S. official said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Warsame was detained lawfully "under the law of war" and that the International Committee of the Red Cross visited him on the U.S. warship where the interrogations took place.
Still the decision by the Obama administration to send Warsame to a civilian court drew quick fire from Republicans who said he was an enemy combatant and should be tried in a military court at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."The administration has purposefully imported a terrorist into the U.S. and is providing him all the rights of U.S. citizens in court," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said in a speech on the Senate floor."This ideological rigidity being displayed by the administration is harming the national security of the United States of America," he said.Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that the panel had been informed about the information gleaned from Warsame since his capture and that the administration should have the choice of how to prosecute him.
"The Bush administration utilized the federal courts to prosecute terrorists and so should the Obama administration," the California Democrat. "Military commissions are an option depending on the nature of the case."A civil liberties lawyer said that the interrogations on a military ship could undermine the criminal prosecution.
"The administration has put the criminal conviction at risk by holding him in unlawful military detention for over two months," said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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