For a little while there I was getting optimistic, but then there was the Supreme Court’s insane Gitmo ruling, and now this:

Radical cleric Abu Qatada, described as “Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe,” is to be released in the next 24 hours.

Qatada, who is accused of giving advice and support to terrorists including the leader of the September 11 hijackers, has been described in official documents as a “truly dangerous individual” who was “heavily involved, indeed at the centre of terrorist activities associated with al-Qa’eda.”

As a condition of his release, he’ll be electronically tagged and monitored. At least Bin Laden won’t be happy to see this pantload show up at his cave again, because he may be followed by a few dozen members of special forces.

Too bad this guy couldn’t have gotten himself sent to Gitmo, because now he’d have access to U.S. civilian courts and he could sue somebody for that haircut:

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