By Rick Saunders
Previously reported here at America’s Right was the potential for the dropping of charges against the mastermind of the October 12, 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole. Sadly, that potential has now metastasized into reality, courtesy of the now twenty-days-on-the-job-earn-while-you-learn President Barack Hussein Obama.
On October 12, 2000, a suicide bombing attack was carried out by Islamic terrorists (please, let us call evil by its name) on the USS Cole, a Navy destroyer moored in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. The bombing, accomplished by the ramming of an explosives-loaded motorboat into the side of the Cole, blew a huge hole in the hull and resulted in the deaths of 17 U.S. sailors. And the two terrorists.
While the two al-Qaeda losers who rammed their exploding boat into the Cole were evaporated at the outset of the journey to their 72 virgins (i.e., for a total of 144 virgins), many of their co-conspirators were captured and imprisoned in Yemen — only to later “escape” or be outright released by Yemeni officials. More on that “catch and release” program later.
One of the conspirators, however, was a Saudi named Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian citizen of Yemeni descent who, since 2006 when he was captured and deemed to be an “enemy combatant,” has been held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Last year, the Pentagon charged him with “organizing and directing” the Cole bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case. The matter was moving forward, and in fact another hearing was scheduled for today, but then . . .
The Chosen One signed B.H.O. Executive Order of January 22, 2009, captioned “Executive Order — Review and Disposition of Individuals Detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and Closure of Detention Facilities.” Last week, Susan J. Crawford, the chief civilian overseer of military trials at Guantanamo (and a Bush 43 appointee), purporting to comply with Obama’s order, decreed that all trials be halted at Guantanamo and . . . wait for it . . . that the charges against al-Nashiri be dropped.
That’s right, Virginia. Dropped. Like a hot rock. Tossed out, like so much dishwater. The dancing in the streets of Tehran, Beirut and Aden likely rivaled that which occurred in those same exotic locales on and after September 11, 2001.
Although the charges were dropped, al-Nashiri will not be immediately released. No, that will likely come later — after the hubbub dies down a bit, of course, and following the ACLU’s petition for habeas corpus, which is probably in its final draft stage at this moment. Remember, the charges were dropped “without prejudice” to their being re-filed at some later date. Yeah, right. Like that’s gonna happen in the next four years . . . or, if the voting mass of Obamatons remains obedient and somnambulant, eight years.
Adding insult to injury–a practice seemingly well on its way to being perfected as the hallmark imprint of the new administration–the president on Friday met with, among others, the surviving relatives of the 17 U.S. Navy sailors on the Cole who gave their last full measure for their country. Word is that he explained his case to them — well after the fact and without alerting them beforehand to his intent. The former commanding officer of the USS Cole, retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold, “expressed disappointment” when he first learned of the decision to drop the charges and remained skeptical, faulting Obama for not consulting the families ahead of time. And to say Lippold was merely “disappointed” is charitable, as this video clip confirms:
Speaking of the ACLU and all of the hemorrhaging hearts beating there, it should be noted that last week, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry released a “wanted” list of 85 terrorism suspects being hunted. On the list were 11 names of former Guantanamo enemy combatant detainees who had been released and who had gone through a Saudi terrorism “rehabilitation” program (say what?), but who had now . . . wait for it [again] . . . fled the country and re-joined terrorist groups abroad. To kill or try to kill again.
Golly. Recidivism after rehab? Who could have guessed? Have we learned nothing from Robert Downey Jr., or Lindsay Lohan, or Britney Spears?
If (tranlation: when) al-Nashiri is released from custody altogether and he returns to the battlefield–”battlefield” in this context being anywhere in the world where he can find Americans to kill or American interests to blow up–to resume “doing his thing,” will Obama again add insult to injury by excusing the acts as merely additional, unfortunate “collateral damage” in his plan to ram the United States forward into the New World Order he seems to so desperately seek, like that motorboat into the Cole?
How many more USS Coles need to be attacked, with seeming official insouciance, before the people of this nation say that enough is indeed enough? Is the adding of insult to injury the “change” that was promised on the campaign trail? To the future parents, spouses, children and friends of future victims of the hundreds if not thousands of al-Nashiri’s out there — would you prefer saltwater in your wounds, or vinegar?
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.