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Published November 18, 2010
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs briefs reporters at the White House Oct. 14. (AP Photo)
The White House is pushing back against criticism of its commitment to prosecuting some terror suspects in civilian courts after a federal jury convicted former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani on only one of 285 charges.
Ghailani was convicted of conspiring in Al Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa and faces a sentence of 20 years to life behind bars. The Justice Department has said it will seek the maximum punishment.
White House chief spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the administration will use “all the tools at our disposal” to try Guantanamo Bay detainees. But Republicans have seized on the Ghailani verdict as an example why all terror suspects should be prosecuted in military commissions.
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Posted Nov 18th 2010 at 4:53 am
by Jeff Dunetz
The US is still in the midst of a two-year long economic downturn, unemployment and underemployment are at levels not seen for seven decades and at the same time U.S. median household income dropped 3% to $50,221 between 2008 and 2009, the second annual decline, according to the Census Dept.
There is a group that saw its wealth increase during that same period, Members of Congress.The Center for Responsive Politics analyzed the financial disclosure forms of the members of Congress and found that the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009. The study also reported that half of all members had a personal wealth of over a million and around 20% over $10 Million.To put that in perspective only one percent of all Americans are millionaires.
In 2008 median wealth for a member of Congress was $785,515 it grew by 16% in 2009 to $911,510 (vs -3% of US HH income).
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