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August 28, 2010

Obama Halts Prosecution of Suspected USS Cole Bomber

USS Cole Commander Lippold Furious At Obama's Suspension of Bomber's Trial


Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

The Washington Post

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is the alleged mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing and other terrorist attacks. He headed al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf states prior to his capture in November 2002. The Obama Administration dropped charges in February 2009 on al-Nashiri pending the administration’s review of all Gitmo detentions.

The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.

The decision at least temporarily scuttles what was supposed to be the signature trial of a major al-Qaeda figure under a reformed system of military commissions. And it comes practically on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attack, which killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden.

In a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that “no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future.”

The statement, tucked into a motion to dismiss a petition by Nashiri’s attorneys, suggests that the prospect of further military trials for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has all but ground to a halt, much as the administration’s plan to try the accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in federal court has stalled.

Only two cases are moving forward at Guantanamo Bay, and both were sworn and referred for trial by the time Obama took office. In January 2009, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates directed the Convening Authority for Military Commissions to stop referring cases for trial, an order that 20 months later has not been rescinded.

Military officials said a team of prosecutors in the Nashiri case has been ready go to trial for some time. And several months ago, military officials seemed confident that Nashiri would be arraigned this summer.

“It’s politics at this point,” said one military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss policy. He said he thinks the administration does not want to proceed against a high-value detainee without some prospect of civilian trials for other major figures at Guantanamo Bay.


Wild Thing's comment.........

From the article:

"In a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."

WTF!!! And this administration wonders why people think this President is sympathetic to muslims. Next they'll be looking for a way to help this guy to be freed.

Obama is inching toward amnesty for Islamic terrorists. The Ft. Hood shooter may be next.


-March 2009, Obama declares the “war on terror” is over despite a dramatic increase in jihad war ops.

-March 2009, he floats the idea that he will talk to violent, genocidal Hamas.

-March 2009, he demands, recruits and insists that more Muslim Americans work in the Obama administration.

-April 2009, Obama tells Europe to admit Islamic Turkey into EU, much to the consternation of the Europeans.

-April 2009, Obama demands non-Muslims respect Islam (despite our differences) in a speech in Turkey.

-April 2009, Obama in a speech from Turkey: “We are not a Christian nation.”

-April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, the first hijab-clad senior adviser to Obama on Muslim affairs says in an interview with terrorist- and jihad-supporting Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi’s website, “Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world. What the terrorists have been allowed to take over are Muslim grievances.”

-In April 2009, Obama lays groundwork for a partnership with Hamas.

-May 2009, Obama promises to offer his “personal commitment” to Muslims.

-May 2009, Obama calls America “one of the largest Muslim countries on the planet.”

-June 2009, Obama invites the Muslim Brotherhood, violent global jihadist group whose sole objective is a universal caliphate, to his speech to the ummah (Muslim community) in Cairo.

-June 2009, Obama makes a stunning speech to the Muslim world from Al Azhar University in Cairo. It defies explanation.

-July 2009, Obama reaches out to the violent jihadists of Hezb’allah.

-July 2009, Obama creates a new office at the State department, Outreach to the Worldwide Muslim community, reporting directly to Hillary Clinton.

-Sos muslim outreach

-July 2009 State Department Welcomes Hamas Mouthpiece, Al-Quds TV, to DC to Film Propaganda.

-Obama promises to close GITMO.

-Obama is rebuked when plans are revealed for CIA prosecutions for 911 interrogations: Seven Ex-chiefs of CIA Oppose Case Review: ALL Sign letter to Stop CIA Persecutions.

-In July, Obama sanctions the brutal crackdown of those marching for freedom in Iran and sides with the mullahcracy. He stands silent about the Iranian regime’s mass executions, mass rape and murder.

-July 2009, Obama plans to slash US nuclear arsenal.

-September 2009. Bolton on Obama at the UN: “This is the most radical anti-Israel speech I can recall any president making” “I have to say I was very shaken by this speech.”

-October 2009, Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund.

-November 2009, Fort Hood Jihad Cover up: Obama Urges Congress To Put Off Fort Hood Probe, Warns Against Turning Tragedy Into “Political Theater.”

-November 2009, Obama offers the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.

-November 2009, Obama Reaches out to bloody Jihadis in the Philippines.

-On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues a special Hajj message to the world’s Muslims.

-December 2009, Obama’s “Non-Religious” White House Christmas and No Christmas Gifts for his Kids.

-February 2010, Obama names a Hafiz to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. “And as a hafiz of the Koran, [Hussain] is a respected member of the American Muslim community,” Obama said in his message to the Doha meeting, using the term for someone who has mastered and memorized the Muslim holy book.

-February 2010, Obama cuts US space program, orders NASA to work with Muslim countries.

-February 2010, covering up for jihadists in the White House.

-Obama’s counter terrorism adviser, John Brennan, Involved in Obama Passport Breach.

-March 2010, Obama Obsession with Islam: Calls ‘entrepreneurship summit’ with Muslims.

-April 2010, Libyan Pres Gaddafi Praises Obama: “Barakeh Obama is friend” “He is of Muslim descent, his policy should be supported....”

-May 2010, Obama’s Counterterrorism Adviser Calls Jihad “Legitimate Tenet of Islam.”

-May 2010, White House Pro-Terrorism John Brennan Speechifies in Arabic, Equates Terrorists with Shoplifters, Lawmakers Call for his Firing.

-June 2010, Obama equivocates on the jihad warship convoy (affectionately named a “flotilla” by the media): Obama “Expressed a Deep Regret Over Loss of [Jihadist] Life.”

-June 2010, Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN.

-Press conference earlier this week: First flagless “President.” Ouch. What a disgrace.

-August 2010 Obama Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

Posted by Wild Thing at August 28, 2010 05:55 AM


Commander Lippold (a Naval Academy grad) is now retired.

He's simply and rightfully speaking out for the 17 sailors killed and the more than three dozen injured on his ship, the USS Cole nearly ten years ago.

As well outlined in the timeline above, for more than a year and half now into this "fundamental transformation", we Americans have been taking slights from this crowd we have gathered in both the White House and our U.S. Congress that strikes at our American history, our system of self government, our culture and our very identity as Americans.

We have not now a post racial President, but a post American President that is more a citizen of the world than an American citizen who utilizes his White House lectern and his lawyers in the DOJ to placate and support foreign interests and to speak to a world stage more clearly than to his own.

We live in a time that is both precarious and consequential.

More and more Americans are waking up to this reality.  With time, this administration's self inflicted implosion will come to be an example of just how not to govern, as we are on the cusp of what I like to call a new American Renaissance, both economic and cultural, where we will define for ourselves and to our own just what it means to be an American.

Posted by: Carlos at August 28, 2010 09:14 AM

I hope you are right Carlos. I hope obama is the catalyst for an awakening in America that takes us back to the values and culture we had many decades ago.

obama is a moslem. He is doing all her can to cover his brother moslem's asses. He will downplay, ignore and deny any of islam's hates and attacks on America. obama is a traitor of the nth degree.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 28, 2010 09:30 AM

This just disgusts me. An attack upon an American Warship is an attack against the United States. American Warships are considered sovereign US Territory, just like a US Embassy. An attack on either is considered an attack upon the US.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri committed an Act of War against the US and Obama is going to let him go.

Posted by: BobF at August 28, 2010 10:04 AM

Well said, Carlos. You have described the situation we find ourselves in, to a T.

While I do not believe that Obama is a Muslim, I don't think he has any religious belief, it is obvious that he bends over backward to defend the Muslims, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

It is all in keeping with being a Progressive/Liberal.
Say or do nothing that will offend any group,as it will be deemed 'Politically Incorrect'.

If they hold opposing political views, however, hold nothing back in your condemnation and vilifying remarks.

In a related theme, the Prime Minister of Australia, recently came out with a statement to all Muslims living in that country, that the Government has no intention of recognizing Sharia Law. If the Muslims cannot accdept that than he asked them to leave.

Posted by: Sean at August 28, 2010 11:27 AM

Well regardless what the WH says, Obama's a muslim. He lying to the American people and feels no shame, we are infidels.

The Lame stream media, can't cover his butt fast enough. Commander Lippon, had a meeting early on wiht the bamster, and didn't look impressed then but said nothing. Again he's an 05 and has not drank the coolade they have to after that rank.

Posted by: Mark at August 28, 2010 07:33 PM

Carlos, well said, thank you.

Tom, I agree so much. "I hope obama is the catalyst for an awakening in America that takes us back to the values and culture we had many decades ago."

BobF., I feel the same way, obama might as well just say it out loud that he is for getting our troops killed. All he does speaks this very clearly.

Sean, thaznk you so much for that about the Prime Minister of Australia. Fantastic! That is what our leadership should do...... they won't but it sure would make a difference.

Mark, so true, he really feel absolutely no shame at all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 29, 2010 12:36 AM

This is grim. The European history has agent provocateurs and suborned national leaders. This seems to be Obama's role in history. The Czars seem to be a way to insert Agents into places that even the Democrats would not allow them.
I do not know who has suborned Obama but Soros clearly has a role in it. How hard will it be to hunt him down in the next administration?

Posted by: Avitar at August 29, 2010 12:45 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Obama is the true enemy of America. The others are just amateurs with guns.

Posted by: cuchieddie(Enemy of the State) at August 29, 2010 10:24 AM