El-Masri Detained on Arson Suspicion
From SPIEGEL ONLINE
* With an intro from LGF:
Khaled el-Masri, the poster boy for the international left’s campaign against the CIA practice of “rendition,” has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of arson.
Notice that Spiegel Online states as a fact that el-Masri was “tortured,” but doesn’t mention until the fifth paragraph that the only evidence of “torture” is el-Masri’s own word.
* You see, this whining, wincing jihadi has been claiming victimhood all along, supported by the anti-American media and a totally unhinged leftie judiciary. But now it seems that his hatred of the dar-al harb got the better of him: He was caught setting fire to a wholesale market that caused about one million dollars in damages.
Lebanese-German Khaled el-Masri, kidnapped by the CIA and tortured in an Afganistan prison in early 2004, has been arrested in Neu-Ulm on suspicion of arson.
Khaled el-Masri is back in custody. This time, it’s not a dark hole in Afghanistan after being picked up by American agents on suspicion of being a terrorist. Rather, it is a psychiatric clinic in the German town of Neu-Ulm where he has been arrested on suspicion of being an arsonist.
The 43-year-old Lebanese-German — who claims to have been kidnapped by American agents at the end of 2003 and flown to a prison in Afghanistan for torture as part of the extraordinary renditions program — is suspected of having ignited a blaze early Thursday morning that ultimately did â‚¬500,000 ($678,000) in damages. According to police, the door of a wholesale market in Neu-Ulm was broken and a fire was set just inside. El-Masri was picked up not far away.
A judge ordered el-Masri be sent to a psychiatric hospital, according to police inspector Holger Rennebeck in a Thursday statement. There was no reason given for the judge’s decision and el-Masri’s lawyer could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
El-Masri was picked up on New Year’s Eve in 2003 as he tried to enter Macedonia. By his account, he was then flown by US agents to Kabul where he was tortured and sexually abused during his five months in captivity. In late May, 2004, el-Masri was again put on a plane, flown to Albania and released. His case quickly became one of the primary rallying cries against the US practice of extraordinary rendition and was also examined by a parliamentary committee in the German Bundestag. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the US admitted to her having made a mistake in the case of el-Masri, but the US has refused to comment directly on his case.
Immediately prior to the arson, Germany’s high court had declared unconstitutional an operation carried out by Bavarian authorities that involved listening in on telephone calls made by el-Masri’s lawyer Manfred Gnjidic. That judgement was handed down on Wednesday.
* Questions: Is he Lebanese or German? In Germany he cannot be both. Why has been sent to a mental institution and not to prison? Who was it who sexually abused him while he was in an Afghan prison?
The Taliban? If so, shouldn’t El Masri take his complaints to them?
In other news from Germany:Â
“The biggest threat for the stability and security of Germany comes again from Islamic terrorism”
Interior minister says Germany seeing “new quality” of terrorist activity
DAVID RISING Associated Press Writer
Tuesday May 15th, 2007
BERLIN (AP) – Germany saw only a slight rise last year in the number of suspected Islamic extremists, but its top security official said Tuesday that a failed bombing attempt and other incidents showed the country was facing a “new quality of terrorist activity.”
“The biggest threat for the stability and security of Germany comes again from Islamic terrorism,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said as he presented the government’s report on extremism for 2006.
Still, he noted an “alarming development” in far-right extremism, with a 9.3-percent increase in violent attacks from the previous year to 1,047, while the far-right National Democratic Party saw its membership increase by 1,000 people to 7,000.
Violent attacks by left-wing extremists were down 3.8 percent to 862, but Schaeuble said that with the Group of Eight summit in Germany only three weeks away, authorities are “watching specific activities of the left-extremist scene and violent globalization opponents … with care.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting the event, to be attended by the leaders of the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Japan.
Some 6,000 people on the extreme left were considered potentially violent, 500 more than a year earlier. Schaeuble stressed that “we will not allow for possible attacks to disrupt the smooth development of the G-8 summit.”
The 333-page report from Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution listed 10,400 far-right extremists as potentially violent, the same number as in 2005.
In the fight against Islamic extremism, Schaeuble pointed to failed attempts last year to blow up two trains, in which bombs in suitcases were successfully planted but failed to explode, and a sophisticated video posted on the Internet earlier this year threatening Merkel and her Cabinet if the country did not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
These “show clearly that Germany now has to deal with a new quality of terrorist activity,” Schaeuble said.