USS Cole trial on hold, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Obama administration, Political decision

USS Cole trial on hold, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Obama administration, Political decision

From the Washington Post.

“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Authority for Military Commissions to stop referring cases for trial, an order that 20 months later has not been rescinded.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.”

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24 responses to “USS Cole trial on hold, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Obama administration, Political decision

  1. truthbetold11

    obama hates america period

  2. truthbetold11 | August 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
    obama hates america period
    I agree. It is not about politics. It is about terrorism. bo wants to release terrorists to Yemen or other terrorist nations where they can escape or be released to launch terror attacks on the US.

    USS Cole bomber Fahd al Quso threatens attacks on US in an Al Qaeda in Yemen Video
    May 26th, 2010 11:20 pm ET.
    10 awaiting trial for the USS Cole bombing including Fahd al Quso escaped jail in Aden in 2003
    Photo: Yemen Times
    A convicted terrorist made new threats against the US in a propaganda video release by the Yemeni al Qaeda affiliate Wednesday.

    Fahd al Quso convicted in Yemeni court for the terror attack on the US warship, the USS Cole, was featured in a video released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), MEMRI reported Wednesday.

    AQAP is the Yemeni branch of the terror organization. This is the first time that Al-Quso appeared in an AQAP propaganda video. Al Quso was convicted by the Yemeni courts and received a ten year sentence. He was granted early release by the Yemeni government in 2007 after serving about four years in prison.

    In the video, al Quso threatens attack on the US homeland, embassies and war ships.

  3. What a travesty of justice when the prosecution of a terrorist is put on hold (probably permanently) and an honorable doctor in our military, Lt.Col. Lakin, is going to face military justice and perhaps discharge and punishment for only seeking to know if the Commander-in-Chief is truly qualified to hold that position – the same CiC that is behind deferring prosecution of a terrorist. Down is up, and up is down. Evil is good, and good is evil.

  4. Philo-Publius

    It’s more than hating American and terrorism. It’s also about transforming the US into a Muslim country.
    Ground Zero Muslim center may get public financing

    (Reuters) – The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

  5. Watch it until the end from start to finish for the full effect. It is pretty overwhelming.
    AMERICA! MEET YOUR PRESIDENT (The Real Barack Hussein Obama)

  6. Just Google Obama is a racist / All kinds of stuff

  7. With obama releasing all the terrorist who are captured in planning terrorist attacks against America, or in battle overseas…I think it’s time the military commanders on the ground stand up and issue one standing order: TAKE NO PRISONERS.

  8. Obama Jedi Mind Trick

  9. Philo-Publius

    David Limbaugh
    So Is He a Christian?

    My new book, “Crimes Against Liberty,” has just been released, and in many of my radio interviews, hosts have been asking me whether I believe Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim. Though I don’t address that subject in my book, I’ll take a stab at it here.

  10. Show this to your friends and hope this ad runs daily for the next two months

  11. It’s becoming clear who Obama is siding with in the war on terror with the jihadis. Just one more treasonous act against America.

    When are we going to stop giving this bastard the benefit of the doubt.

  12. DOD denies 4 states, District of Columbia waiver for new military, overseas ballot law

  13. USS Cole Commander Lippold Furious At Obama’s Suspension of Bomber’s Trial

  14. OT (sorry), but I had never heard that according to an NTSB report, the flight data indicated the cockpit door to flight 77 that allegedly crashed into the pentagon was not opened during the flight. If it was hijacked, it was by the pilot. Of course, if you believe that….

    Here’s the story

    Finally someone is standing up.Shame on our Congress!!!
    She needs to meet Vallely,Kerchner,Curry and all who can get something done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is EXCITING NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Latest Obama a Muslim ??
    Anyone with COMMON sence out there ??? Go figure !!!!
    See him in his Native garb !!!

  17. Good Morning!

    I got this on twitter about 8 hours ago from Joint Chiefs of Staff – Admiral Mullen:

    thejointstaff Midwest tour over but will continue to take questions-any subj: send via FB/twitter/youtube for next virtual town hall.

  18. The Brotherhood of Darkness page 3 House Canidate drops to EXPOSE OBAMA YAY!!

    http://WWW.PUZO1.BLOGSPOT.COM Open Letter to McCain Cal McCain’s office and tell him to read it !!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Good morning,

    It appears the “Postemail” site is down again.

    When I clicked on it, I received the message “Owner Has Exceeded the Bandwidth”. “Try again Later”.

  20. Sorry OT – Headpopping Time. Watching Rev. Sharpton live on C-span.

  21. LM | August 28, 2010 at 12:25 am |
    USS Cole Commander Lippold Furious At Obama’s Suspension of Bomber’s Trial

    It is not about playing politics. It is about acts of treason and terrorism by bo. If bo is not removed he will release all the terrorists to attack us again. The terrorists released to Yemen have either escaped or been freed from prison and are announcing more attacks on the US. A ten year sentence less than half of which is served is not just punishment for murder of 17 US Military men.

  22. 68Truthseeker

    Dr. Alan Keyes Discusses His Upcoming Obama Eligibility Lawsuit

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