Trial of Osama's Son-in-Law Will Be on US Soil, a Rarity
al-Qaeda operatives usually held overseas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2013 6:48 PM CST
This image made available by Al-Jazeera shows Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.   (AP Photo/Al-Jazeera)

(Newser) – Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was charged today with conspiring to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaeda's top propagandist. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was captured in the Middle East last week, will appear tomorrow in US federal court in New York. His trial will mark one of the first prosecutions of senior al-Qaeda leaders on US soil. The case marks a legal victory for the Obama administration, which has long sought to charge senior al-Qaeda suspects in American federal courts instead of holding them at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay. But it immediately sparked an outcry from Republicans in Congress who do not want high-threat terror suspects brought into the United States.

"If this man, the spokesman of 9/11, isn't an enemy combatant, who is?" Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters. Abu Ghaith "should be going to Gitmo. He should be kept there and questioned." The Justice Department said Abu Ghaith was indeed the spokesman for al-Qaeda, working alongside bin Laden and current leader Ayman al-Zawahri, since at least May 2001. The day after the 9/11 attacks, prosecutors say he appeared with bin Laden and al-Zawahri and called on the "nation of Islam" to battle against Jews, Christians, and Americans.

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Mar 12, 2013 5:54 AM CDT
After the trial ends in the Fed. court for the son in law of been laden SOB, may I have the pleasure to push him off the top of the new world trade center tower while the music playing Oh say can't you see...
Mar 9, 2013 9:27 AM CST
If Obama was white the Republicans would say it is OK to try Osama bin Laden's son-in-law in New York City. I was at a fundraiser for the Senator from South Carolina a few years ago. He and a few of his donors were talking in a side room about President Obama. I could not hear the whole conversation but I did catch the Senator using the N word when referring to President Obama.
Mar 8, 2013 8:56 AM CST
LOL! I have to laugh at this picture...In 1984 when I was deployed to the middle east (Iran/Iraq war), women could be doctors, dentists, optometrists, lawyers, etc... In 2004 when I went back, they were pretty much banned from society and could only be outside their homes with male family members; no education or careers. Look at that guys picture...he could definitely use a dentist and an optometrist. Damn he is fugly! LOL!