Saturday, August 26, 2006

US shows commitment to fight terror; India does not

Ali Asad Chandia was a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist. He was arrested in September 2005 in the US. On August 26 2006, just about a year later, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

India still has not sentenced the terrorists who carried out the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, 13 years ago.

What does this tell potential terrorists ?

Aren't we saying: "Come and attack us ! After you do so, probably you will not be caught at all. If you are caught after all, your trial will go on for several years, if not decades. While this trial goes on you will be kept in comfort and fed good food on Indian tax-payers' money. You'll have access to books, TV, radio, newspapers, and a private room: just like a three-star hotel. That's not bad, is it ? Much better than the accomodations at your terrorist training camp in Pakistan."

"There is a good chance that other terrorists will hijack some of our airplanes and secure your release long before we have a chance to finish your trial and hang you."

"If not, our investigations will be so half-hearted and our laws are so weak that most likely you will be acquitted."

"If you are not acquitted, you can appeal to a series of higher courts against your sentencing. That will delay your punishment by another couple of decades, if not longer."

"Eventually you will probably die of old age before you finally get sentenced by the Supreme Court."

"If not, there will be dozens of NGO's that will take up your case and launch a massive publicity campaign to ask for your pardon, on grounds of so many years having passed since your original crime and you now having become an old man, substantially reformed. They will claim that you have now renounced violence."

"Most likely you will then be released."

Am I wrong ? Isn't this what we are telling potential terrorists ?

If USA can convict a terrorist-sympathizer with such convincing evidence even before he actually committed any acts of terror, why does India take 13 years to convict terrorists after they committed attacks that killed 193 innocent Indians and maimed so many other victims ?

If this does not show lack of political will to fight terror, what does ?

In spite of not being able to convict these enemies of the nation, the UPA Government has weakened anti-terror laws by getting rid of POTA and TADA.

When you are not being able to convict criminals taking advantage of your lenient judicial system, you should have more stringent laws, not weaken them even further.

I claim that the above points constitute quite definite proof that the UPA Government does not have any serious intention of really fighting terrorism. They are just making a show; they are just pretending. They have weakened anti-terror laws because they are more interested in preserving their account with the Radical Islamic Vote Bank.

They do not care if we -- the common citizens -- live or die. But we must, because nobody else will.

Forward this article to everyone you know. Help me reach EVERYONE in India with my points.

The mainstream media just reports news items, never points out contrasts or inconsistencies. Nobody has pointed out how USA has already sentenced several terrorists to death and long prison sentences, while India has yet to sentence even one Islamic terrorist.

The killers of Indira Nehru (1984) were just recently given their due punishment after 22 years of having committed the crime. At this rate, the Mumbai 1993 blast criminals will not be punished before the year 2015.

This is no way to fight terror. Justice delayed is Justice denied.

And the UPA Government has made the situation even worse by getting rid of the anti-terror laws TADA and POTA. Now
the 2006 Mumbai blasts criminals will probably never be punished.

Let's highlight the hypocrisy of the UPA Government.

After that, tet people decide for themselves what to do with the Government that does not care about our lives.

Hindustan Times reports:

Pak teacher in US gets 15 years in jail for aiding LeT
Indo-Asian News Service
Washington, August 26, 2006

A third-grade Pakistani teacher at a Muslim school was sentenced to a 15-year jail term in the United States on Friday on charges of aiding the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 30 years for Ali Asad Chandia, 29, one of the 11 Muslim men charged in US District Court in Alexandria in June 2003 with training with and fighting for the LeT.

Chandia, they said, trained at a Lashkar camp in Pakistan and helped the group acquire equipment with potential military applications when he returned to the United States.

The equipment included unmanned aerial vehicles, night-vision equipment and wireless video cameras.

Federal investigators also found a CD-ROM in Chandia's car containing videos that glorified Osama bin Laden and the 19 hijackers who carried out the September 11 attacks, prosecutors said.

District Judge Claude M Hilton in Alexandria did not explain his reasoning as he imposed the sentence and ordered Chandia, who had been free on bond, into custody.

Earlier, Chandia, who teaches at a Muslim school in Maryland, had told the judge that he did not "deserve to spend a single day in prison."

With his voice shaking and rising in anger, Chandia said, "With Allah as my witness, I tell everyone that I am innocent. God knows that I did not support and would not support any terrorists."

Chandia's sentencing wrapped up an investigation that has produced more guilty verdicts than any domestic terrorism case in US since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Six of the 11 men pleaded guilty, three were convicted at trial and two were acquitted.

The group's spiritual leader, Ali al-Timimi, was convicted in 2005 on charges that included soliciting others to levy war against the United States and contributing services to Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The Justice Department has hailed the case as key to the domestic campaign against terrorism, saying that its post-September 11 mandate is to prevent attacks.


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