US airman: Gunman had ‘hate in his eyes’ when he shot 2 servicemen at Frankfurt airport (AP, Oct. 24)

FRANKFURT, Germany — A U.S. airman who survived an attack by a radical Islamist that left two fellow servicemen dead told a German court Monday that he looked the gunman in the face and saw “hate in his eyes.”

Staff Sgt. Trevor Brewer, 23, was on a U.S. Air Force bus at Frankfurt airport when Arid Uka, a 21-year-old Kosovo Albanian, began shooting. Brewer was unhurt as Uka’s 9mm pistol jammed due to a defective cartridge.

He told the court that he had ducked behind his seat after he heard the shots, then came face to face with Uka.

“When I looked up, the pistol was in my face. I heard the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ and the pistol went ‘click,’” Brewer said. “Allahu Akbar” means “God is great” in Arabic. [Actually, it means “Devil is great.”]

Uka is charged with murder for the March 2 slayings of Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, from South Carolina, and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, 21, from Virginia. He also faces three counts of attempted murder.

Brewer, who is from Gray, Tennessee, testified that he saw “hate in his eyes” as he stood face to face with Uka.

“I stood up to take him out … or to seize the weapon,” Brewer said. “He said ‘Allahu Akbar’ again and the gun clicked again.”

Uka fled and Brewer gave chase but slipped and fell behind. He ran into the airport and watched police arrest Uka.

“With my job, we expect danger,” he said. “We expect to fight a war and possibly lose our lives. But we don’t expect that in Europe or America.”

(Why not? U.S. policy openly calls for, and creates, a heightened Islamic presence in Europe, specifically via Albanians and Bosnian Muslims. But of course, the whole design is for our uniformed men and women to not expect attacks from either. Therefore, they’re caught by surprise. Every time.)

Uka briefly made eye contact across the courtroom with Cuddeback’s father but otherwise looked down at the table in front of him during the testimony and showed no emotion.

Uka, who grew up in Germany, faces attempted murder charges for wounding airmen Kristoffer Schneider and Edgar Veguilla, and for taking aim at Brewer. Schneider was shot in the head and lost the sight in one eye. Veguilla was shot in the jaw, abdomen and elbow.

The airmen were on their way to Afghanistan from a base in Lakenheath, Britain. Most were out of uniform, but recognizable as military personnel from their camouflage bags and short haircuts. Their weapons were unloaded and locked in cases.

Alden left behind a wife and two small children.

Airman Cuddeback’s father, Robert Cuddeback of Millerton, New York, sat as co-plaintiff at the prosecution’s table, as allowed under German law. An Army veteran, the elder Cuddeback wore the Gold Star lapel pin given to family members of fallen military personnel.

Airman Cuddeback was awarded the Purple Heart, the U.S. military’s decoration for soldiers wounded or killed in action.

(It’s the least the U.S. Government can do after specifically not warning military personnel about the real Kosovo, leaving them to be blindsided.)

Robert Cuddeback said he came to Germany to support Brewer and other servicemen testifying in the case. He said it was “very difficult” to be in the same room with Uka.

“It’s surreal for me, being here, and actually looking Uka in the eyes,” he said. “I can tell you I think that he is unemotional, he has not looked up during the witness testimonies, and I think he does not have any regrets about what he’s done.”

He said he hopes the court sentences Uka to life in prison.

Uka faces a life sentence upon conviction but any cooperation with authorities could lower the amount of time he would have to serve before parole can be considered to as little as 15 years. The judge in the case has said Uka’s confession is not complete because he has not said where he obtained the weapon.

Moving on to the Albanian organ trade. Notice the revealing wording of this Oct. 21st headline:

Report linking Kosovo leader, organ harvesting being probed (AFP, Oct. 21)

“European prosecutors are probing a report that has linked Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci…with organ trafficking.”

THE REPORT is being probed. Not the crimes it outlines. So let’s be clear. When Serbian criminality — no matter how minor — is alleged, there are full — often international — manhunts, investigations, arrests and prosecutions. When Albanian criminality is alleged — no matter how major — those making the allegations are investigated, or “probed.” For just one illustration, compare the arrests by Serbia of persons implicated in the burning of the U.S. embassy in Feb. 2008 upon the U.S.-backed land seizure — to the arrests by the UN and Kosovo authorities in the province-wide mobs of March 2004, in which more than 50,000 Albanian participants killed over 30 people including several international peacekeepers (others were seriously wounded); injured hundreds including clergy; razed 35 churches; burned 800 homes; and cleansed 4,000 more Serbs. In the embassy case, 44 indictments against 80 people had been issued by Serbia by the following week. In the deadly riot case, one person was arrested a month after the pogroms and three years later one more person was arrested. A few other minor players were grudgingly rounded up and charged for misdemeanors, with none of the (politically protected) organizers indicted or punished. We won’t even get into all the still-unarrested Albanian granny-, farmer-, and baby-killers, bus-bombers, and assorted disembowelers.

Anyway, the article about the report being “probed” follows. Notice that an American prosecutor was appointed, serving a government with the most interest in seeing the investigation not seen through. Believe me, his mission is clear: he is to reach a predetermined conclusion about the report: namely, that it’s inconclusive, and can’t be pursued. As Liz, who circulated the item below, put it: “How much ‘probing’ will there be, knowing it’s led by an agent of NATO’s lead bombers of Serbia, on behalf of Albanian Muslims?”

PRISTINA — The EU prosecutor probing a Council of Europe report that links prime minister Hashim Thaci to organ trafficking has started gathering data to initiate his own investigation, a statement said Friday.

“Williamson emphasized that this will be a complex investigation and will take time to complete,” said the statement, issued after his three-day visit to Kosovo. [Ah, another possible route — in case a real investigation becomes unavoidable: slow the process down long enough to secure the last, recalcitrant, free part of Kosovo under Albanian rule, without any potential hampering of the process via this organ business.]

EULEX in June set up a task force to start a preliminary investigation into the report by the Council of Europe.

The task force is composed of prosecutors and investigators and led by U.S. prosecutor Williamson, who is based in Brussels for the probe.

The Council of Europe report said that Thaci headed a Kosovo guerrilla faction which controlled secret detention centres in Albania where the organ trafficking allegedly took place in the aftermath of the 1998-99 war between the Kosovo Liberation Army guerrilla and Serbian forces. […]

Preceding an earlier item (below) on the appointment of an American to make the organs story go away, source Dragan wrote:

Once again, the US administration decides who will be the head of the further investigations….It would not be disturbing, but knowing the attitude of US towards Albanians in Kosovo, the so-called investigation is bound to be a failure in advance. In fact naming an American at the head of the “EU” team is just to say, “you see we’ve done all we could, but we did not find any evidence about mentioned crimes”.

US prosecutor to probe Kosovo organ trafficking (AP, Aug. 29)

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A U.S. prosecutor will investigate claims that Prime Minister Hashim Thaci allegedly led a criminal network that sold organs of civilian captives during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, the EU’s rule of law mission to Kosovo said Monday.

John Clint Williamson was named “lead prosecutor” in a task force set up to investigate the allegations raised in a report last year by Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty….Williamson was the head of Kosovo’s Justice Department in 2001-2002…tasked with overseeing Kosovo’s prisons and the justice system. He then served as United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues.

Classified U.N documents, which were made public by The Associated Press earlier this year, suggest the United Nations mission in Kosovo was aware of the organ trafficking allegations as early as 2003 when alleged witness statements where made available to U.N. investigators.

U.N. authorities then briefly investigated the claims in 2004 but never launched a full-fledged probe.

So far, both the U.N. and EU’s rule of law mission…have maintained that their investigations into the alleged organ harvesting have failed to yield any evidence, but mounting pressure from Serbia and its ally Russia for a full investigation has brought the issue to international attention.

Because no one else gives a damn. And based on the AP’s eyeroll attitude in that last paragraph, that’s how it should be (i.e. the only reason we have to be bothered about disemboweled Serbs is the Serbs and Russians are making us). Yes, this was filed by Albanian reporter Nebi Qena. And naturally, she neglects to mention why no evidence was yielded — it was either destroyed, or access wasn’t allowed by non-cooperative officials in Kosovo and Albania. Then there’s that small, ever-present consideration for internationals working in Kosovo: constant threats which cause them to ask themselves, ‘Do I want to live to enjoy my fat retirement or not?”

One related item from July on the subject of Western enthusiasm for an organ-trade probe:

“Big powers against UN-mandate organ trafficking probe” (Tanjug, July 11)

BELGRADE: The U.S., Britain and France are hindering Serbia’s request for the investigation into human organ trafficking in Kosovo to be conducted under the UN mandate.

This is according to Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.

“Our request for the investigators to work with a mandate on the case of organ trafficking in Kosovo and Albania, and submit their reports to the UN Security Council, has unfortunately been hindered by those who have the institutional capacity to do that,” Jeremić told Belgrade-based daily Blic in an interview.

He identified those countries as the United States, Britain and France.

When asked about whether this “ruins the last chance to carry out an independent investigation under the mandate of the UN Security Council”, Jeremic said that “talks continued”.

“I would like to believe that, in the weeks to come, we will manage to overcome the obstacle and achieve progress. If that does not happen, it will be extremely difficult to resist the impression that there is something in the case of human organ trafficking in Kosovo that, for some reason, should by no means see the light of day.”

*****UPDATE*****

The name of the American “investigator” sounded familiar to Nebojsa Malic, so he hit Wikipedia and found:

From 1994 to 2001, he worked as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. While at the ICTY, he supervised investigations and field operations in the Balkans, compiled indictments, and prosecuted cases at trial. Among the cases handled by Ambassador Williamson were those against Slobodan Milosevic and the notorious paramilitary leader Zeljko Raznatovic, aka “Arkan,” as well as cases arising from the Yugoslav Army attacks on Vukovar and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

From late-2001 through 2002, he served in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations as the Director of the Department of Justice in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, overseeing the justice and prison systems.

“Oh yes, a ‘fair and impartial investigator’ all right. Not only is he a former Hague Inquisitor, but he’s set to investigate atrocities that took place ON HIS WATCH…They could have just saved themselves the trouble and sent Bernard Kouchner. Or even better, Agim Ceku.” — Nebojsa