Former Gitmo resident Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani has been in New York City all day and so far, “he has not shown any super powers, and the sky has not fallen,” says Steve Benen. But just wait! The Tanzanian is in town for his federal trial. He was apprehended in Pakistan in 2004 for alleged involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi which killed hundreds of people including 12 Americans. In 2006, he was moved to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. Ghailani, whom you may recall from previous coverage as “Osama’s cook,” plans to contest the charges against him. He admits he was hanging out with the bin Laden gang and even to picking up some TNT, but denies prior awareness of the terrorist activities which his errands were intended to faciliate.
The Administration’s critics have long protested that bringing detainees to American soil will present a grave danger to our citizens, but Ghailani seems to be locked down pretty tight, and even critics of the de-Gitmofication process acknowledge that he doesn’t stand a chance in hell at trial.