A judge in Virginia has
dismissed piracy charges against six Somali men accused in an attack on a U.S.
Navy ship off the coast of Africa.
The piracy charge dismissed Tuesday was the most serious of eight
charges against the defendants. It carried a mandatory life term upon
U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson wrote in his ruling that
the government was too broad in its interpretation of piracy in its allegations
about the attack USS Ashland on April 10.
The six still face charges of
plundering and weapons counts.
Of course this judge's love of criminals is not the impetus for this decision. His real intent is to ensure that the Somalis, once released, remain in the U.S. Obviously the Obama Regime will not appeal this decision or will make only a half hearted appeal, just as they have failed to fully defend DOMA and the law against homosexuals in military service.
Similarly, the Obama Regime is making no effort to deport Somalis after a series of District Court judges have issued orders prohibiting deportation of aliens to Somalia. And the strategy here is to leave the lesser charges intact, which will result in the eventual release of the Somalis a few years hence after their short sentence is served, which is only possible if the mandatory life sentences for piracy are off the table.
Hence, once released, the Somalis will be free to move about the country, work for Al Shabbab and Al Queda, and eventually involve themselves in a major terrorist incident. Of course, the Obama Regime excuse will be that the judge is responsible, not them. But if they don't appeal, the release of the Somali pirates into the U.S. will be inevitable. Given their sympathy for terrorists, the radical 9/11 mosque, and the inclination not to deport illegal aliens, the fix is in.
Some will argue that the Obama Regime is deporting convicted criminals, but those from Somalia cannot be deported. Like the Bush Administration before it, the Obama Regime is making no effort to overturn the District Court decisions prohibiting deportations to Somalia.