The man who was convicted of planning to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in the Name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Compassionate One, has now been rearrested in Georgia for seeking to purchase an AK-47 assault rifle.
His attorney suggests that the criminal, , Abdel Ghani Meskini, is a peaceful man who wouldn’t harm a fly. Mr. Meskini’s lawyer, Mark S. DeMarco, said of his client: “He has lived a law-abiding life since his release.”
He was released after serving a few months in prison after being convicted of aiding the Millenium Plot, the Muslim plot to attack America on the millenium, 2,000, and faced a sentence of over 100 years in prison.
The US government offered for him to skip prison if he would cooperate. He did. Kind of.
They gave him a reduced sentence. Then they discovered that he was sending e mails and other notices attempting to purchase an AK-47 assault rifle.
At the time he was managing rental properties in Georgia and claimed he need the assault rifle as part of his employment.
Now he is demanding political asylum from the United States to avoid being deported to a Muslim country where, he claims, he might be harmed.
His lawyer says that if he were to be sent back to Algeria, where he is from, he would face potential arrest and bodily harm.
Before Mr. Meskini’s arrest in the millennium plot, he lived the life of a con man and thief — “a fraudster,” as one prosecutor described him in court. Once an officer in the Algerian Army, he later testified that he used false identification to cash stolen checks. In 1994, he decided to leave Algeria, and he slipped into the United States as a stowaway on a boat to Boston.
He supported himself by using fraudulent passports and Social Security cards and opening bank accounts under false names to obtain credit cards and checks.
The New York judge hearing his case says he, too, is concerned that the terrorist may have a hard time if deported.
At a court appearance in Manhattan in April, Judge Keenan said he was not assuming that Mr. Meskini was guilty of the violations. He acknowledged that if Mr. Meskini were deported to Algeria, “physically he might be in jeopardy.”
“That is an obvious concern to me,” Judge Keenan said. “And I think of that in connection with the whole case, and I don’t know that there’s any magic solution or any magic bullet.”
There is a magic bullet.
It belongs in the head of the defendant.