Anwar al-Awlaki

Willful Blindness and Our Saudi ‘Friends’

For many years, I was reluctant to write a memoir of my experience leading the investigation and prosecution of the jihadists against whom we are still at war over 20 years later. For one thing, while an exhilarating experience for a trial lawyer, it was also a very hard time for my family, for obvious reasons. Also, with all the tough judgment calls we had to make, we inevitably made some mistakes — “we” very much including me. A triumphant outcome has a pleasant way of bleaching away any memory of errors; to write honestly about the case would mean revisiting them. Who needed that?

  • Ron MacDonald

    We no longer need their oil, we should be billing Saudi Arabia and other Arab states for the military protection we provide them. They should also be paying a lifetime annuity directly to the next-of-kin of all service personnel killed or to those service personnel injured coming to their aid.

    • David Smith

      We should also level every mosque financed by the sauds, for starters.

      • John

        In addition to the suggestions above, we should also demand that churches and other places of worhsip be allowed in S.A.

  • Alain

    The willful blindness in this case is due to the corruption and greed of those on the Saudi payroll.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Including universities for hire.