At the White House three years ago today, President Barack Obama met for approximately an hour with 40 family members of victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the October 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen – one day after his administration dropped all charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the mastermind of the Cole bombing.
The president reportedly spoke to the families about the importance of shuttering the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where al-Nashiri had been held and in the military tribunal process before charges were dropped.
Likely not mentioned by the president? A list of 85 “Most Wanted” terrorism suspects released a week beforehand by the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry – eleven of which were former enemy combatant inmates at Guantanamo Bay before being released back into radical Islamic jihad.
Also: Former President Ronald Wilson Reagan would have been 101 years old today. Happy birthday, Gipper!
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