Ali Mohammed Ali Seeking Asylum: Acquitted of Piracy in US Court – Ship Flying British Flag – Why Is He In The U.S.?

It has happened — a failed prosecution in a U.S. federal court of a terrorist, in this case a Somali pirate, Ali Mohammed Ali, (correction: correct name Ali Mohamed Ali) who is now seeking asylum in the U.S. and may get it. Federal prosecutors dropped their case against Ali when the jury deadlocked on two charges of hostage-taking. He was not found guilty of piracy. The DOJ wanted a retrial. In this case, a U.S. attorney was found to be a bigger god than the DOJ, and denied what Ali’s attorneys said would be “double jeopardy.”

UPDATE: I have a breaking story on Ali Mohamed Ali that I will have up sometime today, Sunday, August 23, 2014.

This image provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows government exhibit #20, a photo of the crew of the M/V CEC Future, which had been held by pirates for more than two months, standing in a line in January 2009, just before a $1.7 million ransom was paid. At right is Ali Mohamed Ali, who served as a translator and is being tried in Washington on piracy charges. The two men on the left and one man in the center are pirates. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)

This image provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office shows government exhibit #20, a photo of the crew of the M/V CEC Future, which had been held by pirates for more than two months, standing in a line in January 2009, just before a $1.7 million ransom was paid. At right is Ali Mohamed Ali, who served as a translator and is being tried in Washington on piracy charges. The two men on the left and one man in the center are pirates. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney’s Office)

The MV CEC Future is Danish-owned flying the flag of the Bahamas which flies under the Monarchy of the Queen of England. Why did we bring this man to the U.S.? This article from a source that I am not familiar with says the U.S. made the arrest (so it was the U.S. to the rescue of this ship) and that arrest entitled him to a trial in a U.S. court.

The case centered on whether Ali was acting merely as a translator relaying pirates’ demands to the ship’s owners or was an advocate for the pirates….Ali was education minister in Somaliland, a breakaway region of Somalia, and had spent most of his adult life in the United States.

The siege lasted more than two months and ended when the pirates settled for $1.7 million instead of their initial demand of $7 million. Source: Nation

Ali Mohamed Ali (Ali Mohammed Ali)

Ali Mohamed Ali (Ali Mohammed Ali)

Aiding and abetting terrorism is no longer a crime in the U.S. Why the possibility of asylum for this man?

Politico is reporting that with the wind-down of the Afghanistan war, the authority to detain persons “under the law of war is linked to the existence of ongoing armed conflict.” Add to that the benevolence of the Obama administration toward those who seek to harm this country.

The owners of the hostage ship, the MV CEC Future is owned by Clipper Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Clipper Group has a “group CEO.” One of the three, Gary Vogel is a native of New York and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York.

In 2009, when we were facing the possibility of terrorists being acquitted in federal courts, Eric Holder said if there was such a possibility, he would not have put the terrorist in a federal court. If you think back, it enraged us then. More double-speak from the corrupt DOJ deeming themselves gods, knowing what jurors will or will not do.

After the trial, Clinton appointed Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle let Ali move from prison to a “friend’s house.” The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed his release and he is back in the custody of the Department of Corrections, according to the AP but I have seen other reports saying he is in the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Ali, who was accused of piracy for acting as a translator and negotiator for a crew of pirates, was partially acquitted by a jury in November after a trial in Washington. Prosecutors initially vowed a retrial but decided last month to drop the rest of the case against him.

That’s just the kind of situation that opponents of U.S. criminal trials for Al Qaeda suspects caught abroad have long feared: The government falls short at trial — and the courts eventually order an accused terror figure freed to live legally among Americans.

“It’s a trial, not a play. You don’t know how it’s going to end,” said Cully Stimson, a former military prosecutor and defense official now at The Heritage Foundation. “Justice has all sorts of twists and turns. … It really has to be thought through at the highest level of government before we take action to bring someone here.”

One current federal terrorism prosecutor said the Ali case and the potential for his eventual release is another reason why foreign Al Qaeda suspects picked up overseas should not be brought to the United States but should instead be detained at Guantánamo or some other facility. Source: Front Page Mag

Ali is 51-years-old. He speaks fluent English and has lived in the U.S. in the past. He boarded the ship after it was taken hostage in the roll of a translator to negotiate the ransom. I haven’t found any reporting that he was forced to act on behalf of the terrorists.

Appropriate that the BBC aired a documentary. Let’s send him to the Brits, under which Monarchy the ship’s flag was flying. If the U.S. is going to be called-on to sheriff piracies for the world’s ships, consider this option for dealing with it.

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  • Geo

    Exactly as some predicted would happen if brought to this Country and tried in our Courts. “Someone” is going to walk out and immediately look for asylum.

    • http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/ Maggie@Maggie’s Notebook

      Geo, yes and he’s going to get it, is my bet. Look at the suit he’s wearing in the pic. That was an interview with Fox News’ Amy Kellogg, but so far, there is nothing saying that he was forced to negotiate. We wouldn’t know the truth anyway. I’m sure that was part of the defense argument.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Take note also that thousands of Syrians are now being brought into the U.S. on the crazy asylum excuse. WHY? Why do we take any asylum seekers? It’s not as though we have a shortage of non-English speaking rent seekers who hate us and will commit crimes against our citizens. Does the Boston bomber resonate with these fools we elect?

    • Nan

      Sadly, he does, but remember they love the murderous Che.

  • Don Laird

    Hello there…..its me again…….Don Laird

    The solution to this little “problem” of piracy is quite simple; execution on the high seas.

    Simple, it was the solution 300 years ago and it is the solution today.

    There should be a direct, clear and unmistakable link between certain crimes and their punishment.

    Engage in piracy: immediate execution on board the ship or once you are apprehended.

    Commit acts of treason and sedition or be found to support the treasonous and seditious; immediate execution upon conviction.

    With that kind of a response do you think would meet this course of action from the Muslims within our borders who plot our demise and the destruction of our country?

    How eager do you think human garbage would be to jump in their speed-boats and hijack an oil tanker if their end would be a cut throat and pushed off the boat into shark infested waters?

    We are played by fools around the world, to our considerable harm, by Muslims and criminals for one reason and one reason only; we are fools. We are spineless fools who deserve everything we get and will continue to get until we smarten up.

    Now we are being played again, by this little pirate and he will continue to make fools of us and the British and why……..because we won’t kill him.

    Robert Mitchum had a refreshing take on the communists in Vietnam, and we should take a page from his book.

    Regards, Don Laird
    Dogtown Bastard
    Alberta, Canada

  • Guest

    Holder wants to try the 9/11 terrorists in federal courts. Imagine the terrorists getting off and getting welfare and food stamps. America is great huh ?

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  • http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/ Maggie@Maggie’s Notebook

    Everyone commenting here, I have a follow-up that puts this story of the Somali “pirate” in a much different light. I have court documents, etc. If you have time, please take a look at this. There is more to come but this post gives background that I believe is true. If it is not true, I will be the first to write about it. I believe Eric Holder is the only terrorist in this story.

    Ali Mohamed Ali – Getting the Story Straight

  • http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/ Maggie@Maggie’s Notebook

    Everyone commenting here, I have a follow-up that puts this story of the Somali “pirate” in a much different light. I have court documents, etc. If you have time, please take a look at this. There is more to come but this post gives background that I believe is true. If it is not true, I will be the first to write about it. I believe Eric Holder is the only terrorist in this story.

    http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2014/02/can-we-get-the-piracy-story-straight-ali-mohamed-ali-and-judicial-consequences/