Saturday, January 03, 2015

Abu Anas al Libi

The trial of Abu Anas al-Libi - who just died of liver cancer - could have been a big mess for the American government.  Al-Libi, like Ali Mohamed, with whom he worked, was one of these double (or triple agents), both a 'terrorist' and an agent of American intelligence.  This is the kind of thing the Americans didn't want publicized in a trial.  The prosecution conducted itself exactly as you might expect:
  1. it delayed discovery long enough for the cancer to progress;
  2. it effectively denied treatment of the cancer, thus ensuring that the defendant wouldn't live long enough to be tried.
Tweet (emptywheel):
"Here's Anas al-Libi's lawyer's letter from October raising concerns abt delays in ordered treatment for his cancer. … "
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