Daily Archives: August 28, 2010

Obama Administration Withdraws Prosecution Of USS Cole Terrorist

Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber.  WP.

Al-Qaeda suicide bomber rams bomb boat against U.S. Navy ship in Yemen, gouges a giant hole in ship, kills 17 people, injures dozens more, doesn’t die himself, is captured, and is this close to prosecution after almost 10 years.

And then.

The Obama administration decides it does not want to play anymore.  No more legal proceedings.    No excuse. 

the Justice Department said that “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to [Abd al-Rahim]al-Nashiri in the near future.”

Just like that.  Withdrawal. 

Certainly is a far cry from Pentagon to Seek Death Penalty for ‘Mastermind’ in 2000 USS Cole Bombing in June 2008.  Fox. 

Sounds like someone doesn’t want to go after a terrorist in a military tribunal.  Wouldn’t want to mess up the chance of taking the other Guantanamo terrorists through civilian trials later.   

“It’s politics at this point,” said one military official…

The CIA roughed up the guy in interrogation.  Waterboarding, gun and electric drill threats.  Must be nicey nicey now.   Don’t want anything non-nicey coming out at trial.  Just wrecks that faux concerned sheen. 

So keep the guy locked up.  No charges.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Except for all the maimed and the relatives of the dead.