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    Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

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    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.
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    I probably shouldn't have posted this, it's obvious that I only posted this to try and show Obama is secretly a Muslim and he's protecting his people in their war!!!!
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I probably shouldn't have posted this, it's obvious that I only posted this to try and show Obama is secretly a Muslim and he's protecting his people in their war!!!!
    You don't have to lead an Obamite to water... They'll drink anyway.

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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I probably shouldn't have posted this, it's obvious that I only posted this to try and show Obama is secretly a Muslim and he's protecting his people in their war!!!!
    that went without saying
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    You don't have to lead an Obamite to water... They'll drink anyway.
    I'm secretly an Islamic Bigot who believe Obama has turned the WH into a Mosque and is out to institute Sharia Law on America.



    ANYHOOTS...

    This is really piss poor timing on the WH's part, do they WANT the dems to get wasted in the election?
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I'm secretly an Islamic Bigot who believe Obama has turned the WH into a Mosque and is out to institute Sharia Law on America.



    ANYHOOTS...

    This is really piss poor timing on the WH's part, do they WANT the dems to get wasted in the election?
    To me, this demonstrates just how totally clueless this administration is. They don't even know how to play politics right.

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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    To me, this demonstrates just how totally clueless this administration is. They don't even know how to play politics right.
    Which is odd considering how well they pulled off 2008... makes you wonder were they really that good or was McCain that incompetent???
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    So are they releasing him or holding him without a trial?

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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    The latter from what I see.
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    Re: Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber

    First off, the article says, the trail has been temporarily halted, not dismissed. If you read further than just the first two paragraphs, you'll note that there are evidenciary problems with holding these military commissions, i.e., witness testimony but more specifically evidence obtained by "questionable and potentially unlawful methods" that were either refined or "outlawed" (so to speak) during the GW Bush administration.

    Such indirect testimony could be critical to a conviction because any incriminating statements Nashiri might have made are probably inadmissible under the 2009 Military Commissions Act, which bars the use of evidence obtained through torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

    "I am very confident, based upon what I have heard, that there is more than sufficient evidence linking him to the attack on Cole directly, and that they do not need any of the information that may have come from black site interviews and interrogations," said Kirk S. Lippold, who was commander of the Cole when it was attacked.

    Reyes said Nashiri's treatment at the hands of the CIA will be part of any proceeding and will be relevant to any sentence he receives if he is found guilty. The government is expected to seek the death penalty.

    "I'm not admitting to guilty, but his treatment is absolutely relevant in a death case and can be used in mitigation to lessen the sentence," Reyes said.
    And before anyone says it, this isn't "blame Bush". The situation is what it is. But those so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" that were lauded as necessary and completely lawful apparently aren't helping build a case against Nashiri now, are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    I probably shouldn't have posted this, it's obvious that I only posted this to try and show Obama is secretly a Muslim and he's protecting his people in their war!!!!
    If the BS fits...

    Just saying...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    So are they releasing him or holding him without a trial?
    Oh, he'll remain at Gitmo until the details concerning the evidence are straightened out. Believe me, this man is going NOWHERE! And if he does get released, as a Navy vet who was on active duty at the time the USS COLE was attacked, I will make it a point to travel to DC and picket my damned self!...alone if I have to!! This SOB will NOT get off the hook for what he did!!! I'm making that call now!
    Last edited by Objective Voice; 08-27-10 at 03:04 PM.

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