I've been watching this case for a little while now. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (pictured at right) inexplicably wandered into NATO member Turkey a while back. He was hanging out in Ankara for several weeks before the Turks arrested him. Oddly, he was released by them and he ambled off into Jordon supposedly on his way back to his country of origin Kuwait (though no longer a citizen; he was stripped of his citizenship). The Jordanians arrested him and he passed into U.S. custody and is now languishing in a New York Jail.
“We have the right to kill four million Americans — two million of them children — and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons.” - Sulaiman Abu Ghaith
A couple of interesting questions come to mind
1) Unless he's packing a WMD in his digestive tract, this is clearly a surrender of some sort. But why, and what does it mean for the AQ movement? A mental breakdown of sorts or a change of heart? Perhaps there's some plea bargain, but that's not very Jihadi, is it? Doesn't it seem very, very odd indeed?
2) Why did Turkey not extradite him? An administrative issue or is Erdoğan protecting his Islamist Arab-street cred by not being seen to be playing ball?
Whatever the answers, this is very encouraging. As Congressman King has put it, "Definitely, one by one, we are getting the top echelons of al-Qa'ida, I give the (Obama) administration credit for this: it's steady and it's unrelenting and it's very successful."
Interested to see how this pans out.