Posted on February 9, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Here is the start of Obama showing that he is soft on crime, especially when it comes to terrorist activities.  My comments follow this article…


Charges dropped in USS Cole terror trial

Man accused in 2000 bombing; Obama to meet with victims’ families

     updated 9:06 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 5, 2009


WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barak Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there. The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

"It was her decision, but it reflects the fact that the president has issued an executive order which mandates that the military commissions be halted, pending the outcome of several reviews of our operations down at Guantanamo," Morrell said late Thursday night.

More time to review cases
The ruling also gives the White House time to review the legal cases of all 245 terror suspects held there and decide whether they should be prosecuted in the U.S. or released to other nations.

Obama was expected to meet with families of Cole and 9/11 victims at the White House on Friday afternoon to announce the move.

Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.

The Pentagon last summer charged al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, with "organizing and directing" the bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case.

In his Jan. 22 order, Obama promised to shut down the Guantanamo prison within a year. The order also froze all Guantanamo detainee legal cases pending a three-month review as the Obama administration decides where — or whether — to prosecute the suspects who have been held there for years, most without charges.

Two military judges granted Obama’s request for a delay in other cases.

But a third military judge, Army Col. James Pohl, defied Obama’s order by scheduling a Feb. 9 arraignment for al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. That left the decision on whether to continue to Crawford, whose delay on announcing what she would do prompted widespread concern at the Pentagon that she would refuse to follow orders and allow the court process to continue.

Some angered by Obama’s order
Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, the commanding officer of the Cole when it was bombed in Yemen in October 2000, said he will be among family members of Cole and 9/11 victims who are meeting with Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon.

Groups representing victims’ families were angered by Obama’s order, charging they had waited too long already to see the alleged attackers brought to court.

"I was certainly disappointed with the decision to delay the military commissions process," Lippold, now a defense adviser to Military Families United, said in an interview Thursday night. "We have already waited eight years. Justice delayed is justice denied. We must allow the military commission process to go forward."

Crawford was appointed to her post in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush. She was in the news last month when she said interrogation methods used on one suspect at Guantanamo amounted to torture. The Bush administration had maintained it did not torture.

Last year, al-Nashiri said during a Guantanamo hearing that he confessed to helping plot the Cole bombing only because he was tortured by U.S. interrogators. The CIA has admitted he was among terrorist suspects subjected to waterboarding, which simulates drowning, in 2002 and 2003 while being interrogated in secret CIA prisons.


On Oct. 12, 2000, al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the USS Cole as it sat in a Yemen port.  Do you know why it was sitting in a Yeman port?  Just ask Bill Clinton…

When Bill Clinton was in office, he drastically cut military spending and that is the only reason why he had such a surplus at the end of his two terms.  Military ships used to refuel out at sea, but because of his drastic military cuts, they were forced to come into port to refuel.  Those cunning terrorists knew this protocol and took full advantage of that fact, and you know how that turned out.

Terrorists are not to be trusted nor should they get the red carpet treatment from the United States as the Geneva Convention dictates.  I know all about the Geneva Convention (e.g., all prisoners must be treated humanely, given food and water, etc.), and while that is true of some prisoners, this is not true to today’s terrorists.  The terrorists of today ignore these stipulations and live by their own rules.  When U.S. soldiers and civilians are captured by terrorists, they are treated so violently and in many instances, are decapitated.  Do you honestly think they should be treated to plenty of water, good food and accommodations?  I understand that we should treat people as we would like to be treated, but there are exceptions to some rules, and in this case, it is necessary.  They have said time and time again that they hate all Americans and will kill those who do not embrace their beliefs.  Obama thinks that all he has to do is show up with a handshake and a smile and they will be overcome with a sense of solemn shame for their past actions and adhere to whatever he says.  Not in today’s world, Obama.

The Geneva Convention was last updated, I believe, in 1977 where two new protocols were put in place.  Amendments take place as situations change, and in this day and age where terrorists resort to barbaric torture on their prisoners, there needs to be a hardening of the protocol for these terrorists.  Do you really think Obama’s “hope” crusade is going to be embraced by them?  Obama’s Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, was also a “man of Hope,” promising to refocus American policy towards our highest ideals.  Yet when it mattered, he caved in to powerful institutional interests―backing down from his pledge to push China on human rights, allowing Israel to greatly expand its settlements during the peace process he was supposed to shepherd, uttering not a word as Pakistan built the Taliban into a formidable political and military force, and the region’s autocratic leaders maintained their grip on power, many of them helped by continued US aid.  Thank you, Bill Clinton!

Bill Clinton is a primary reason why we have so much economic strife in America today, and I’ve addressed a lot of them in my previous blogs.  Obama hired Capital Hillary herself and a lot of people from the Clinton administration into his cabinet to give us more of the same―so much for change.  This reminds me of a quote by Albert Einstein:  "We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  How those words ring true in this instance.  Obama will indeed bring change…change from the dignity and strength of Bush to the indignity and weakness of Clinton.  Bush was not soft on crime as evidenced by the Bush Doctrine.  After September 11, 2001, during one of his speeches, he declared, “One of the lessons learned after September 11th is that we must hold people accountable for harboring terrorists.  If you harbor a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, if you house a terrorist, you’re as equally guilty as the terrorist.”  He also stated, “You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists.”  People are probably wondering what happened to him?  More importantly, where was the foreign policy he once stood for?  I’ll tell you what happened…it changed as soon as the Democrats became the majority in Congress.

I’m telling you, if more people did their homework before this past election, they would not have voted for a Democrat.  See what’s happening in this country?  The Democrats will all blame Bush for the fallout, but in their hearts they know all too well, it is because of their ludicrous actions that we are facing an economic collapse today.  It will be getting worse…a lot worse, and that’s something we can all count on…





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