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Diplomat was visiting Al Qaeda inmate

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posted on Apr, 18 2010 @ 02:15 AM

A Qatari diplomat was going to visit a convicted member of Al Qaeda when his suspicious behavior led the U.S. to scramble F-16s, sources said Thursday.

Mohamed Al-Madadi, the third-ranking diplomat in the Qatari Embassy, was on his way to visit Ali Al-Marri in the Florence, Colo., Supermax prison. Al-Marri, a Qatari citizen, is serving an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

Al-Madadi was scheduled to meet with Al-Marri at 11 a.m. Thursday, said Alison Bradley, a spokeswoman for the Qatari Embassy.

Al-Madadi was apprehended by two U.S. air marshals after he spent a suspiciously long time in the airplane bathroom and possibly joked about igniting a bomb in his shoes, congressional sources said. The government scrambled F-16 fighter jets and escorted the plane to the Denver airport.

Al-Madadi will not face charges and will leave the country later this week, congressional sources said. As a top diplomat, Al-Madadi has diplomatic immunity.

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This is a WTF story lol

The Geneva Conventions guarantee countries the right to consular visits to their incarcerated citizens — and Al-Marri’s case has been a rocky one, as he is the only terrorism suspect who has been held on U.S. soil as an enemy combatant. He sued, but the Supreme Court dismissed his case after the Obama administration announced it was moving his case to the civilian justice system.

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I didn't know he was the only terrorism suspect in US soils lol

Does this mean that America is an illusion? That America is actually bigger than it seems, its borders reach all the way to middle east and asia? After all why do they hold their prisoners abroad?

You answer that question..

Rogue empire comes to mind..

[edit on 18-4-2010 by oozyism]

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