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Justice for USS Cole (Pentagon wants death penalty for al-Nashiri)
NY Post ^ | 9/30/11 | Arthur Herman

Posted on 10/02/2011 12:35:33 PM PDT by Libloather

Justice for USS Cole
But why did it take so long?
Last Updated: 3:48 AM, September 30, 2011

Before 9/11, there was USS Cole.

On Oct. 12, 2000 terrorists loaded a small boat with explosives and set it off next to the US Navy destroyer as it sat peacefully in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 American sailors and wounding 39 more. The alleged mastermind of the attack, Saudi-born Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, was captured in 2002. Since 2006, he’s been sitting in Gitmo, untried and unpunished.

Now, more than a decade after the crime, the families of the Cole victims may finally see some justice. On Wednesday the Pentagon announced that it’s referring charges against al-Nashiri to its Defense Military Commissions unit, setting in motion an official military tribunal, and asking for the death penalty.

But why has it taken this long?

**SNIP**

The tribunals were one of the chief targets of leftist groups like Human Rights Watch and the ACLU -- who played on the image of a military court as a drumhead proceeding followed by a firing squad and a last cigarette, and blasted them as “constitutionally inadequate” and (per al-Nashiri’s lawyer, Rick Kammen) “second-class justice.” Some may even have believed it.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cole; justice; pentagon; yemen
About time.
1 posted on 10/02/2011 12:35:39 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Only when Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri decorates a yardarm will Justice be done.

It’s like a Texas Necktie Party for the Guest of Dishonor Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri.


2 posted on 10/02/2011 12:46:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Libloather

Ever see the hole in that ship? Has anyone asked where these punks could get a hold of a high explosive strong enough to blow a hole in side a war ship yet small enough to put onto a small dingy? If you answered Russia, you would go on to the bonus round.... Why would russia provide high explosives to terrorists? The submarine Kursk. They think it was our fault it sank. This is just my theory.


3 posted on 10/02/2011 2:25:11 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Libloather
Uh, didn't he promise to close Gitmo, first thing? Civilians trials for everyone? My, my, how an upcoming election changes things. Zero gets credit, though not a bounce when our military does the real work.
4 posted on 10/02/2011 2:31:09 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Walkingfeather

My Navy has changed a lot over the years, not all of it for the better.

The Cole proved damage control was not one of them. That hole would have sunk the vast majority of similar ships in other Navies. None other are better at damage control, fire fighting and mass casualty response.


5 posted on 10/02/2011 2:38:31 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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