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Obama Drops USS Cole Attack Charges

We almost couldn’t bring ourselves to post these tidings from an ecstatic Associated Press:

Charges dropped vs. suspect in 2000 USS Cole blast

By LARA JAKES

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there. The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

"It was her decision, but it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted, pending the outcome of several reviews of our operations down at Guantanamo," Morrell said late Thursday night…

Obama was expected to meet with families of Cole and 9/11 victims at the White House on Friday afternoon to announce the move.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.

The Pentagon last summer charged al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, with "organizing and directing" the bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case.

In his Jan. 22 order, Obama promised to shut down the Guantanamo prison within a year. The order also froze all Guantanamo detainee legal cases pending a three-month review as the Obama administration decides where — or whether — to prosecute the suspects who have been held there for years, most without charges.

Two military judges granted Obama’s request for a delay in other cases.

But a third military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, defied Obama’s order by scheduling a Feb. 9 arraignment for al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. That left the decision on whether to continue to Crawford, whose delay on announcing what she would do prompted widespread concern at the Pentagon that she would refuse to follow orders and allow the court process to continue

Crawford was appointed to her post in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush. She was in the news last month when she said interrogation methods used on one suspect at Guantanamo amounted to torture

Last year, al-Nashiri said during a Guantanamo hearing that he confessed to helping plot the Cole bombing only because he was tortured by U.S. interrogators. The CIA has admitted he was among terrorist suspects subjected to waterboarding, which simulates drowning, in 2002 and 2003 while being interrogated in secret CIA prisons.

Notice how the AP pretends that this was solely Judge Crawford’s decision. Of course we know that the order came down from on high, once the presiding judge refused to suspend the trial.

Note too how the AP practically buried the detail that 17 sailors were murdered by this terrorist.

We don’t want to bring up any unpleasant memories.

And, after all, Mr. Obama himself has condescended to meet with the families of the victims.

That should be enough compensation for anybody.

(Thanks to all who sent this in.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

49 Responses to “Obama Drops USS Cole Attack Charges”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    No wonder Obama set us up for the love thy murdering thug speech…..

    Judge drops charges in USS Cole bombing case

    By Jane Sutton and Andrew Gray

    Fri Feb 6, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will likely order a military commission to withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the USS Cole bombing who is being held at Guantanamo naval base, ABC News reported on Thursday.

    The decision, likely to be announced on Friday, would end prosecution of Nashiri in the military court system that Obama has criticized and may ultimately dismantle, the ABC report said, citing unnamed sources.

    The chief judge for the Guantanamo war crimes court last week refused Obama’s request to delay proceedings against Nashiri, a Saudi citizen charged with plotting the attack on the U.S. warship that killed 17 U.S. sailors in 2000.

    Hours after taking office, Obama ordered Guantanamo prosecutors to seek 120-day delays in all pending cases to give his administration time to decide whether to scrap the widely criticized tribunals created by the Bush administration to try suspected terrorists outside the U.S. court system.

    But the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, said the law underpinning the tribunals gives the presiding judges sole authority to delay cases. He ruled that postponing the tribunal proceedings against Nashiri would harm the public interest.

    Nashiri is charged with conspiring with al Qaeda in the attack on the U.S. ship in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000. He would face execution if convicted.

    Nashiri’s arraignment is set for February 9.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5147YJ20090206?

  2. BillK says:

    Since the judge wouldn’t stop the trial, the prosecutor just dropped the charges.

    That makes sense.

    From an ecstatic AP:

    Charges dropped in Gitmo terror trial

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says the senior military judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay has dropped charges against a suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing…

    Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, the commanding officer of the Cole when it was bombed in Yemen in October 2000, said he will be among family members of Cole and 9/11 victims who are meeting with Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon.

    Groups representing victims’ families were angered by Obama’s order, charging they had waited too long already to see the alleged attackers brought to court.

    “I was certainly disappointed with the decision to delay the military commissions process,” Lippold, now a defense adviser to Military Families United, said in an interview Thursday night. “We have already waited eight years. Justice delayed is justice denied. We must allow the military commission process to go forward.” …

    http://www.9news.com/news/world/article.aspx?storyid=109296&catid=347

    You’d better get used to it, Mr. Lippold; His Majesty likely will not only not bring new charges but will probably want reparations to be paid to al-Nashiri for emotional duress.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    And, after all, Mr. Obama himself has condescended to meet with the families of the victims.

    Duhbama may have an eye opening experience today like the one Clinton got when he met with the families after the Black Hawk Down tragedy.
    The father of one of the fallen men called Clinton everything but a white man and Bubba had to stand there and take it.

    • Kilmeny says:

      17 people dead and he’s just having it brushed aside like it was a youthful public drunkenness charge. The temptation to let Obama have it would be irresistable, to me at least. Sickening.

    • heather08 says:

      I was just thinking the same thing. I hope these families aren’t fooled by all the shock and awe that is likely to be thrown at them in their meeting with the Messiah.

  4. Consilience says:

    Obama is telegraphing our enemies that its ok to kill Americans, destroy American property—because he is sympathetic to their cause (remember his political mentor is none other than Ayers). This man is attacking our sovereignty on all fronts, economically with the nitwits on the hill, and militarily with this decision, and socially by throwing open the door to abortion financing. This man is a menace.

  5. Consilience says:

    1sttofight —I’ll give you that! What do you reckon is to become of our Republic? Doesn’t look good.

    • 1sttofight says:

      I got a feeling that before too long either the South is going to secede from the Union again or we are going to have a second American Revolution.

      There is just too much difference between the red and blue states for it to go on much longer, IMO.

      BTW, Lucianne.com has opened registration for a while.

  6. BigOil says:

    Our new capitulator in chief is sure going out of his way to earn the respect of the military. After he follows up this travesty with a 10% cut in the DOD budget and openly allowing gays in the military, he’ll be even less popular than BJ the draft dodger.

  7. Consilience says:

    1sttofight, once again, I believe you may be correct.

  8. jrmcdonald says:

    Perhaps Obama can take him to Arlington to despoil the graves…

  9. Barbie says:

    Obama isn’t going to protect the country at all, is he? This is the worst president ever – and it’s only his – what – 17th day in office?

  10. Consilience says:

    Barbie, It is going to be a long, long four years—if, indeed the Republic persists…

    • Barbie says:

      He should be fired now!! He shouldn’t even be allowed a ’30 day evaluation’… He’s inept and unqualified and immature and lacks any semblance of common sense. I could go on…

    • Barbie says:

      In retrospect, these are some of his BETTER qualities.

    • Right of the People says:

      “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, having its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
      Declaration of Independence

      I think that says it all. It is our constitutional right to clean up this mess.

    • BumBastikk says:

      In response to Right of the People:

      The only problem with your statement is that it should have been cleaned up a long time ago, at least after the second invasion of Iraq.

  11. pdsand says:

    Just to point out a little liberal hypocrisy, Obama was supposed to shift troops to Afghanistan because the Iraq war obscured our efforts to catch Bin Laden and bring him to justice. Charge 1.
    Obama is shutting down the Guantanamo tribunals because of…whatever. Charge 2.
    But the point of the trials is that they are our process for bringing the terrorists captured in Afghanistan to justice. Presumably if Bin Laden had been captured, wouldn’t he be in the middle of these military tribunals that Obama is now shutting down? So is he finding Bush at fault for not bringing terrorists to justice, or is he mad because his program is now bringing them to justice?

    And it is a lot of gall on his part, to think that Obama can literally make these people who lost loved ones feel better just by talking to them. He may find that they don’t get quite the same leg tingle that Chris Matthews did.

  12. proreason says:

    If you tried to imagine the stupidest things you could do as President, dismantling the post 9/11 terrorist protections would have to top the list. Almost anything else, The Moron and his hollow-cheeked press sychophants will be able to wiggle out of.

    But when we get hit again by the islamomaniacs, millions of people will rise up in a gale-force anger the pretend Christian has never experienced in his pampered life.

    It is impossible to fathom the stupidity.

    • 1sttofight says:

      1. Ignorance
      2. Stupidity
      3. Arrogance= Combination of 1 and 2.

      Duhbama is about to get beatch slapped by reality.

      Also I wonder just how much he is trying to please the Silverback with the things he is doing.

  13. Consilience says:

    His behavior is all part of the plan—just remember who he spent time with these last 20 years…change we can believe in…he’s making us vulnerable and he will pay a price when these polls start to reflect that the bloom is off the rose, the messiah is just a Chicago-thug-political-reactionary-hack…

  14. A Mad Pole says:

    Come on, everybody knows that this attack was just “a mistake” on the terrorists’ part. Deep down they are good guys who deserve another chance. Who are we to judge and condemn them?

    “That one” can see deeper into their souls that we mere mortals will ever be able to, we should not queston his uncanny insight.

  15. polemos says:

    Great comments – Imho his worldview stinks to high-heaven and literally bleeds through everything he does and says.

  16. Consilience says:

    Mr. polemos, you are correct—but half of the problem is he’s looking at the world as though he were a messiah—and doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what he’s doing to our security and how he’s making W’s screwed up TARP even worse…

  17. silver charm says:

    He, Duh’bama, said in his book (dreams of My Father) that “should the winds” of politics “turn ugly” he would HAVE to side with the muslims (because of his muslim ancestry.

    From his first act as POTUS to this very second that is exactly what he has done.

    I did not know any of the victims of the Cole attack, but my daughter was serving on another Navy ship (CVN 72) at the time. I was shaken to the core all over again yesterday when I found out what he had done, dropping the charges against the mastermind.

    The hubris of dropping the charges against this misanthrop and then meeting with the victims of this evil to make a photo op/campaign stop is breathtaking and nausiating (sp?).He is so arrogant that he is sure the families will just love him. He’s trying to get the kudos Bush got for his meetings witht the families of fallen warriors but like everything else his actions are dictated by his emourmous ego and narrcissism. I hope they give him he!!.

    Closing gitmo so we will look better to the rest of the world? Who gives a flying you-know-what?! And I thought know one could be worse than Carter……….feh.

    • proreason says:

      His handlers will have interviewed the families ahead of time and will have made sure there will be no incidents.

      The ONLY thing they are smart about is making sure The Moron’s image isn’t tarnished.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And yet, somehow they have never heard the phrase, “Ya can’t polish a turd”.

  18. caligirl9 says:

    I am sure Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is very sowwy for his crime, in that he didn’t kill enough Americans.
    Letting him off scott-free will allow him to reflect on what he did so he can do a much better job next time.
    Blech.

  19. Alice L. says:

    In slightly over two weeks Zero has acted more like a dhimmi than I could even imagine! This is truly inexcusable. I remember the Black Hawk Down incident and how some of the families refused to shake Clinton’s hand afterwards.

  20. BumBastikk says:

    What exactly does this little part mean?

    Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

    Doesn’t this suggest that he will be tried in a different court and not a military one?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      At least this turds problems don’t include “TAX EVASION”!!
      He isn’t a Democlap ……. yet!!

  21. pdsand says:

    Yes, the whole wretched idea for this delay is that the trials are postponed for 120 days so that the supposed smartest man in the room can look at all the relevant evidence and consider the law regarding the military commissions and decide the smartest way moving forward. Then he can come out with whatever he wants to, be it reconvening the commissions, moving them to civilian courts in Murtha’s district, or just sending them all home pending completion of anger management classes.
    I propose that he’s being weak and spineless by asking for the 120 days on this issue. Most presidents come up with grand sweeping plans for what they want done in their first 100 days. They have a legislative agenda set to basically change the way the world spins on its axis that they want the congress to review, reflect on in committee, debate and pass and have on the president’s desk within 100 days. Unless he’s asking us to believe that he didn’t know about Gitmo before he was sworn in, why would he even need 100 days to consider these prisoners’ fates, much less 120? He has asked for the remaining $350 billion in TARP funds, and a $900 billion in additional spending to be on his desk and at his discretion within the first few days of being sworn in, yet a few hundred little terrorists on an island in the Carribean are such a confounding matter that he needs a full 4 months to gather his thoughts?
    Of course he campaigned on shutting down Gitmo and ending the commissions immediately, but the delay leaves open the possibility of continuing the military trials under the selfsame law that Bush signed. Such an action would be an unforgiveable flip-flop.
    If he didn’t have a clue in the world on what to do with the Guantanamo detainees why did he campaign so strongly on shutting the prison down? Could it be blind liberal naivete, or just telling people whatever they want to hear so he could get elected? If he were honestly going to enact his campaign promise of shutting the prison down and sending these detainees into the U.S. criminal justice system, then he is free to do that as of about two weeks ago. Mr. Murtha has already volunteered his district.
    The only possible reason for requesting this delay is that he hopes to be able to convince his liberal lackeys of the wisdom of keeping Gitmo open and the commissions under way during the intervening delay. But in that case, Mr. Obama is just simply wasting good valuable time by asking for the delay. As the judge Col. Pohl said, the trial is prescribed under the law, and ready to go. So either way you look at it, this is a gutless maneuver. He painted himself into a corner and now he’s sweating out what his next move is going to be.

  22. Consilience says:

    With all due respect—I doubt the nitwit is “sweating”—I’m guessing he had a pretty good idea of the end-game…he is sympathetic to the terrorists.

  23. pdsand says:

    Poor choice of words, as I learned from SNL, Obama does like to keep it cool. It just begs the question to me, why not just go right ahead and set them all free immediately? They’d throw a ticker tape parade on fifth avenue for the man, and they’d probably have the terrorists twirling batons and holding down Obama head balloons!

  24. Consilience says:

    he’s a calculating bastard…or his handlers are…the DOW was up today, but not because of the stimulus vote. The WH released a rumor that certain mark-to-market rules would be suspended on Monday…that would free up a lot of capital held in reserve to avoid risk…first saw this at NRO, the link below is independent verification…they’ve planned this, the messiah and his minions—he is diabolical.

    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2009/02/05/fixing-the-banks.html

  25. Consilience says:

    If you haven’t stocked up on ammo, now might be a good time

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text

    The following is a summary of the bill as provided by the Congressional Research Service. If you read the whole bill, you’ll find it will effectively preclude the ownership of any firearms by law-abiding people unless directly licensed by the Attorney General :

    1/6/2009–Introduced. Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 – Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.

    Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.

    Prohibits: (1) transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions; (2) licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
    (3) failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours; (4) failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; (5)
    keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

    Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act. Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse; (2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and (3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer. Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems.

  26. Consilience says:

    If you haven’t stocked up on ammo, now might be a good time

    The text comes from Michelle, the link from OpenCongress.com

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text
    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/06/the-compromise-is-a-crock-of-you-know-what/

    The following is a summary of the bill as provided by the Congressional Research Service. If you read the whole bill, you’ll find it will effectively preclude the ownership of any firearms by law-abiding people unless directly licensed by the Attorney General :

    1/6/2009–Introduced. Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 – Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.

    Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.

    Prohibits: (1) transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions; (2) licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
    (3) failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours; (4) failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; (5)
    keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

    Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act. Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse; (2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and (3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer. Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems.

  27. canary says:

    Obama clone is moving too fast. No way he’s had the time in the last two years, yet alone, last two weeks, to be doing such destruction at high speed. All the swear in parties, interviews,
    and at the morning prayer breakfast, he said it was time to put an end to the “religious rhetoric of the last “8 years”!!!!!
    Does Obama insult this country that Bush has been a or our preacher for 8 years?
    OBAMA IS TAKING OUR FREEDOM OF RELIGION AWAY???
    Who is he to tell us how religion is going to be changed in this country.
    Hey Obama. We didn’t spend over 20 years!!!! listening to a nutcase maniac racist preacher Wright who has torret’s disease or is on crack, and say we couldn’t disown our preacher anymore then we could disown our grandma.
    Oh!! I finally get it. OBAMA doesn’t think he’s the messiah. OBAMA THINKS HE’S ALLAH!.
    Obama is insane. The signs that this would happen, were as he described himself in his book. He felt poor because the seaside wasn’t as good as a swimming pool. And his habitual lying about his relatives being King and Prince and all that were just signs that at an older age, his mind would split. His mind was not strong enough for the cocaine, add the recent stress he’s been under, and his mind has collapsed. Can we trust the Surgeon General?
    Hang on, it’s only going to get worse. Obama needs an intervention. Or maybe they have been drinking alot. Does Air Force One serve drinks. We need Betty Ford to tell us how it’s done, and try and help these people, who seem to be out of their minds!!!!!!!
    At that party he even said, whether you drive a hybrid or a SUV were going to crash. Like there are only two cars to choose from. He said this delay would cost millions and millions. He is moving sooooo fast. I think a few days more without condoms and Kenyan abortions, wont’ make too much a difference.
    Obama even complained at this party retreat, how much he resented staying at hotels, because of the Republicans. Well, Republicans aren’t complaining. What did Obama expect when he became President, if he’s complaining this early in the game. Wasn’t the ride on Air Force 1, a little treat for the poor inconvienced President. Hey Obama. There are soldiers with no toilet paper!!!!!!! And you want to complain about having to stay at hotels???? It would have been best for the country for Obama to stay home and be on welfare. That we could afford.

  28. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    When I think of how long it took to get justice for my friend FC3 William Hansen and the other 36 sailors killed on the USS Stark this doesn’t surprise me. Large portions of the Middle East should have been rendered uninhabitable for several thousand years on 9/12/2001. I hope I live to see the day that very thing happens.

  29. canary says:

    Can the victims throw their shoes at the new alla Obama.

  30. canary says:

    Bush ducked and grinned, and did not cry racism when the terrorist threw the shoe at him. Can Obama handle that when he adds insult to injury for the victims. What on earth could he say to confort Cole and 9/11 victims. allah Obama does not understand grief. He’s never experienced it, nor able to express it, unless it pertains to himself, such as complaining about stayng in smoke-free hotels.

  31. Flession says:

    I knew people on the Cole when it was attacked, and how distraught they were when their friends had died.

    I saw the Cole enter the Norfolk Naval Base, its damage clear as day.

    I saw the Cole under repairs, slowly starting to regain itself.

    I saw the Cole leave the Naval Base Harbor afterwards, strong and ready to go.

    …and now I read this HORSESHIT?!

    FUCKING HELL!!


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