In October of 2010, Politico ran an article highly critical of President Obama and his inaction in bringing to justice the terrorists responsible for the attack on the USS Cole. In the Cole attack, 17 Navy sailors lost their lives.
Shortly after taking office in 2009, Obama met with the family members of the sailors lost in the attack. The families say the president promised to swiftly bring to trial the terrorists responsible for the attack. While many of these terrorists are being held at Guantanamo Bay, justice has not been swift and many wonder if those responsible will ever be tried for their crimes.
In February of this year, Judges in Washington met to consider whether the alleged mastermind of the attack, Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, should face trial before a military tribunal or a civilian court. That issue still remains unresolved and is at the heart of the trial proceedings continuing to drag on. And, until his case is settled, none of the other terrorists who helped carry out the attack will themselves be brought to justice.
Not only that, it appears that President Obama may be systematically setting some of these terrorists free.
Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri was rated a high risk terrorist by the government and described as a “threat to the US, its interest, and allies.” Sabri was a member of a Yemeni al-Qaida cell directly involved with the USS Cole attack. The cell he was associated with conducted surveillance on the USS Cole and prepared the explosives used by the vessel to ram the American ship.
But now, Sabri is a free man and has been sent back to Saudi Arabia.
Despite assurances from President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama that these terrorists would stand trial, Sabri will never face justice for his participation in the attack on the USS Cole.
Notice that Sabri was sent back to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is a link many terrorists seem to have not only in the attack on the USS Cole, but in the September 11 attacks as well. And, it’s one that many government officials refuse to acknowledge.
These links were documented in 28 pages of a congressional investigation into the September 11, 2011 attack on the World Trade Center. There is growing opposition to declassifying those 28 pages. CIA Director John Brennan argued Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ against releasing the report.
However, former Senate Intelligence Chairman Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the September 11 attacks, has repeatedly argued to publish the 28 page report. Graham, a Democrat, has said the report links possible support by officials in the Saudi government to the September 11 terrorists.
Did Saudi Arabia play a part in President Obama’s decision to release Sabri? Is protecting Saudi relations more important than justice for 17 Navy sailors?
No, we don’t think so either. American Lives Matter.
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