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August 08, 2008

Monty Python Justice

By: Bernard Chazelle

In an American kangaroo court, bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. Prosecutors had asked for 30 years. Upon completion of his sentence, in a few months, Hamdan will be released to... Guantanamo, where he will be imprisoned as "enemy combatant."

5 years for chauffeuring OBL. Interesting. Leni Riefenstahl spent only 4 years in detention after World War II. But her crime was only to make propaganda movies for Hitler. Piddling stuff. Nothing like driving around BIN LADEN in his beat-up Chevy.

I believe bin Laden's dentist is next. Then his 1st-grade teacher. Then... his CIA handler. (What's that? Sorry, did I say something wrong?)

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at August 8, 2008 12:21 AM

The next administration will have a chance at rehabilitation. Of itself.

They may release these guys out of the perpetual prison; obviously the prisoners can't wait for the "war without end"(Tm) to end.

Posted by: Labiche at August 8, 2008 08:06 AM

How many years did Hitler's pastry chef get?
His eclairs were to die for.

Posted by: donescobar at August 8, 2008 09:08 AM

I think FBI should be in line before his CIA handler for being unpatriotic and aiding and abetting the enemy for "not being with us but against US" by claiming "No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11" according to the link below!!!!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at August 8, 2008 09:28 AM

Wanted Dead Or Alive

Osama bin Laden's launderer.

If bin Laden's robes weren't so clean and tidy, 9/11
never would have happened.

Posted by: Paul Avery at August 8, 2008 10:54 AM

A friend of mine just suggested that the pilots of Air Force One should consider lawyering up.

Posted by: Paul Avery at August 8, 2008 11:10 AM

Paul, the cool thing about Guantanamo is that you don't need no freakin' lawyers for the first 5 years, so Air Force One pilots can save up their money for later.

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at August 8, 2008 01:30 PM

There is something of a tradition in Western culture, it seems, that artists are to some extent above the law no matter what ideology they support. Look for example at other famous examples like Mussolini supporter Ezra Pound, who was let off light too.

Maybe if Salim Hamdan had been Bin Laden's painter or poet, things might be different.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at August 8, 2008 10:41 PM

An interesting article in today.

Even Hitler's Driver Wasn't Charged With a Crime

Posted by: Rupa Shah at August 9, 2008 11:32 AM