Pentagon refers Pakistani's case for trial at Guantanamo

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MIAMI (Reuters) - The Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals gave approval on Wednesday to murder and conspiracy charges against a prisoner accused of conspiring with al Qaeda and trying to assassinate former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald referred the charges for trial, meaning defendant Majid Khan will be arraigned within 30 days in a court at Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba.

Khan, a 31-year-old Pakistani whose family moved to the Baltimore area when he was a teen, could face life in prison if convicted of conspiring with al Qaeda, murder and attempted murder in violation of the laws of war, providing material support for terrorism and spying on U.S. and Pakistani targets.

The charges allege that Khan strapped on an explosives vest and waited in a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, where he planned to blow up himself and Musharraf in a 2002 assassination plot that failed when the Pakistani president failed to show up.

Khan is also accused of plotting to blow up underground gasoline tanks in the United States, and delivering $50,000 in al Qaeda funds that financed the bombing of a JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2003. The explosion killed 11 people.

MacDonald's review was unusually fast. He signed off on the charges just a day after prosecutors submitted them to him.

Khan has been in U.S. custody for nearly nine years, first in secret CIA prisons and later at Guantanamo, where he has been held since 2006 in a special prison for captives considered "high value."

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

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1XslaveUSA wrote:
Majid Khan a war criminal? No, the real war criminals are George Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Condolezza Rice, John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, Barack Obama and the Stormtroopers they have detached to torture, murder, rape and pillage the peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Philippines since 2001. The American war criminals practice human sacrifice sending thousands of servicemen and women to their deaths on the altar of war profiteering. Over 100, 000 troops have been horrifically injured, some horribly scarred for life, many missing limbs. Thousands of veterans are suffering the madness of P.T.S.D. Many of these crazed trained killers are returning home and committing countless violent crimes, including numerous homicides and sexual assaults. Several law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty by these returning from war recently. These devilish war criminals have caused the world to plunge into an economic abyss with the America now bankrupt and the U.S. taxpayers footing a $1,304,000,000,000 bill for Bush & Obama’s neo-Crusader imperialist misadventures so that the oil companies and the military-industrial complex are enriched monetarily. War criminals guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of innocent Muslims. War criminals who use drones carryout extrajudicial killings. War criminals who lie to and feed the American masses disinformation and propaganda. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq decides to no longer transact their international business in the U.S. Dollar and switch to the Euro for currency. Soon after Iraq is invaded by the U.S. under false pretenses. The Taliban rulers of Afghanistan renege on an agreement to allow an American company (Union Oil of California) to build a natural gas pipeline from Central thru Afghanistan to ports in Pakistan. To quote A.V. Samsel: “Afghanistan is just one of many examples of Industrial Military control. Its beginning for the USA was during the Clinton Administration. For those of you not well acquainted with why the USA is there: The war is with the Taliban who are obstructing efforts to build the TAPI Pipeline. The efforts in Afghanistan began in the 1990′s under the Clinton administration. UNOCAL purchased the development rights for natural gas in the Caspian Sea. One third of the planets natural gas is under the Caspian Sea. UNOCAL had no way to exploit these riches and get them to markets because the Taliban reneged on a deal to allow a gas pipeline through their country John Maresca, VP of UNOCAL appeared before a congressional sub-committee seeking US Military intervention. The gas pipeline was supposed to go to the Gulf of Oman to load ships for gas transport to SE Asia. The only other route south to Oman for the pipeline was through Iran. This was not an option because of US sanctions. The World Bank and other international lenders would not fund the pipeline project unless safety was guaranteed. The US sent in Special OP’s forces to kill members of the Taliban opposing the pipeline. Then came 911! The US invaded Afghanistan to kill Taliban members who would not allow the Natural Gas Pipeline through their land. It was after this that UNOCAL sold its interests in the Caspian Sea to a Consortium. This hid their involvement but they still remain a player behind the scenes. Condoleeza Rice negotiated a deal with Pakistan and India for a new route for the pipeline. This eliminated the need to load Natural Gas tankers in the Gulf of Oman for transport to SE Asia. TAPI stands for Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The pipeline is being built along the side of the ancient trade route to India. The Bush administration through Cheney’s efforts declared ENERGY POLICY a matter of National Security so that not even the Congress can discuss this agenda openly. Afghanistan is the key for the connected to make trillions of dollars! Natural gas is needed in SE Asia for raw material used in plastics manufacturing. Endless supplies from the Caspian Sea, the World Bank and other Big Bankers online with the project and the Industrial Military Complex making it happen! Recently Engineering firms have found sources of Lithium in Afghanistan along with oil and other needed metals. Batteries are big money! It is shameful of those in power to have continued “the lie” for a select group who place no value on human life. These are people drunk with power, blinded by their agenda and thirst for monetary gain. They are an evil bunch who’s greed and lust for riches have brought much pain and suffering to all of humanity. They cloak themselves under the banner of patriotism and declare that they are Christians bringing good will to the rest of the world. They have hidden their true agenda and deceived the masses for dishonest gain. The blood of the innocent continues to be shed but does not go unnoticed. Presidents come and go, but those who control the Industrial Military Complex are the ones with the real power. Strategy and policy are all well thought out and planned often using ‘Think Tanks’.” The aforementioned real war criminals will never go before a court or tribunal, no, only The Judge of judges, The Almighty God Allah, will render a verdict upon them on Judgment Day.

Feb 15, 2012 9:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
1XslaveUSA wrote:
Majid Khan a war criminal? No, the real war criminals are George Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Condolezza Rice, John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, Barack Obama and the Stormtroopers they have detached to torture, murder, rape and pillage the peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the Philippines since 2001. These American war criminals practice human sacrifice sending thousands of servicemen and women to their deaths on the altar of war profiteering. Over 100, 000 troops have been horrifically injured, some horribly scarred for life, many missing limbs. Thousands of veterans are suffering the madness of P.T.S.D. Many of these crazed trained killers are returning home and committing countless violent crimes, including numerous homicides, sexual assaults and robberies. Several law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty by these returning from war recently. These devilish war criminals have caused the world to plunge into an economic abyss with the America now bankrupt and the U.S. taxpayers footing a $1,304,000,000,000 bill for Bush & Obama’s neo-Crusader imperialist misadventures so that the oil companies and the military-industrial complex are enriched monetarily. War criminals guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of innocent Muslims. War criminals who use drones carryout extrajudicial killings. War criminals who lie to and feed the American masses disinformation and propaganda. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq decides to no longer transact their international business in the U.S. Dollar and switch to the Euro for currency. Soon after Iraq is invaded by the U.S. under false pretenses. The Taliban rulers of Afghanistan renege on an agreement to allow an American company (Union Oil of California) to build a natural gas pipeline from Central thru Afghanistan to ports in Pakistan. To quote A.V. Samsel: “Afghanistan is just one of many examples of Industrial Military control. Its beginning for the USA was during the Clinton Administration. For those of you not well acquainted with why the USA is there: The war is with the Taliban who are obstructing efforts to build the TAPI Pipeline. The efforts in Afghanistan began in the 1990′s under the Clinton administration. UNOCAL purchased the development rights for natural gas in the Caspian Sea. One third of the planets natural gas is under the Caspian Sea. UNOCAL had no way to exploit these riches and get them to markets because the Taliban reneged on a deal to allow a gas pipeline through their country John Maresca, VP of UNOCAL appeared before a congressional sub-committee seeking US Military intervention. The gas pipeline was supposed to go to the Gulf of Oman to load ships for gas transport to SE Asia. The only other route south to Oman for the pipeline was through Iran. This was not an option because of US sanctions. The World Bank and other international lenders would not fund the pipeline project unless safety was guaranteed. The US sent in Special OP’s forces to kill members of the Taliban opposing the pipeline. Then came 911! The US invaded Afghanistan to kill Taliban members who would not allow the Natural Gas Pipeline through their land. It was after this that UNOCAL sold its interests in the Caspian Sea to a Consortium. This hid their involvement but they still remain a player behind the scenes. Condoleeza Rice negotiated a deal with Pakistan and India for a new route for the pipeline. This eliminated the need to load Natural Gas tankers in the Gulf of Oman for transport to SE Asia. TAPI stands for Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The pipeline is being built along the side of the ancient trade route to India. The Bush administration through Cheney’s efforts declared ENERGY POLICY a matter of National Security so that not even the Congress can discuss this agenda openly. Afghanistan is the key for the connected to make trillions of dollars! Natural gas is needed in SE Asia for raw material used in plastics manufacturing. Endless supplies from the Caspian Sea, the World Bank and other Big Bankers online with the project and the Industrial Military Complex making it happen! Recently Engineering firms have found sources of Lithium in Afghanistan along with oil and other needed metals. Batteries are big money! It is shameful of those in power to have continued “the lie” for a select group who place no value on human life. These are people drunk with power, blinded by their agenda and thirst for monetary gain. They are an evil bunch who’s greed and lust for riches have brought much pain and suffering to all of humanity. They cloak themselves under the banner of patriotism and declare that they are Christians bringing good will to the rest of the world. They have hidden their true agenda and deceived the masses for dishonest gain. The blood of the innocent continues to be shed but does not go unnoticed. Presidents come and go, but those who control the Industrial Military Complex are the ones with the real power. Strategy and policy are all well thought out and planned often using ‘Think Tanks’.” The aforementioned real war criminals will never go before a court or tribunal, no, only The Judge of judges, The Almighty God Allah, will render a verdict upon them on Judgment Day.

Feb 15, 2012 9:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Free-Speech wrote:
“..the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals..”

Guantanamo IS a war crime!!!?????

Right now America could not possibly be any more mentally unstable…

Reuters they are called ‘MILITARY courts’ or ‘MILITARY tribunals’…

You don’t get to just make up new titles for things like you’re advertising a product for sale!! What is wrong with you??

They are only held in Guantanamo because it would not be legal anywhere else in the free world… What’s next, the international waters dungeon ship war crimes tribunals?

They say jump, you say how high…

Feb 16, 2012 6:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
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