“Justice delayed is justice denied” is a wise old saying, and it’s definitely true that a legal system works best when it operates quickly and efficiently. Why keep potentially innocent people locked up awaiting trial, or put off the day a criminal receives their punishment? Nevertheless, questions are being asked about why the wife of an ISIS terrorist has been given an expedited trial date by an Alabama judge. It seems this case is being rushed in the interests of the accused, not the interests of law, order and the American people.
Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old woman born in Hackensack, NJ, is a perfect example of how complicated international terrorism has become. In November 2014 she left the US to travel to Syria, where she joined the brutal Islamic State group and married a terrorist. Now that the fascistic “caliphate” is collapsing, she’s decided life in America wasn’t so bad after all, and she wants to come back. President Trump, unsurprisingly, doesn’t want her.
- The main complication in Muthana’s case is that, although she was born in New Jersey, she’s not a US citizen. Normally anyone born in the US gets citizenship by right, but there are a few exemptions. One is for the children of accredited diplomats — and Muthana’s father was a Yemeni diplomat working at the United Nations when she was born.
- Muthana claims that her father had already quit his diplomatic post when she was born, and therefore she’s entitled to citizenship. She applied for, and got, a US passport in 2014 so she could travel to Turkey, from where she snuck into Syria to join ISIS.
- When Muthana signed up with the jihadis and the US government realized her immigration status, her passport was canceled, leaving her with no way to get back into the US. That didn’t seem to bother her as long as ISIS was on the rise, but when the terror group started collapsing, Muthana decided she wanted to be American after all.
- Soon after arriving in Syria, Muthana married an ISIS terrorist from Australia. After he was killed she jumped into bed with a Tunisian jihadi; he’s now dead too, but not before Muthana had a son she now wants to bring back to the US with her.
- President Trump personally instructed Secretary of State Pompeo to make sure Muthana, who Pompeo described as “a non-citizen terrorist,” didn’t make it back to America. Right now she’s in a refugee camp in Syria after surrendering to US troops in January.
- Now her family is taking legal action to have her recognized as a citizen, and a federal judge has set a court date for next Tuesday. Part of the justification for the quick hearing is that she’s living in poor conditions in the refugee camp.
- Many people are angry that a dubious immigration case is being given court time so quickly when more deserving people have to wait. They’re asking why special allowances are being made for a fascist who joined a group dedicated to the destruction of this country — and so far, there don’t seem to be any good answers.