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  • Gitmo Sources Confirm Biden Administration Plea Deal to Exclude Death Penalty for 9/11 Terrorists

    10/21/2022 6:54:17 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | 10/22/2022 | staff
    The Biden administration is close to reaching a shameful plea deal that could exclude the death penalty for five Islamic terrorists charged with coordinating the 2001 attacks, sources told Judicial Watch during a recent trip to the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where the jihadists are incarcerated. For years Judicial Watch has traveled to the U.S. Naval base in southeast Cuba to observe the military tribunal trials of 9/11 terrorists and others, including USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Judicial Watch also covers all the hearings held by the Obama-created parole panel known as the Periodic Review Board via...
  • USS Cole Bombing Prosecution Resumes With Focus On Hidden Microphones

    10/11/2021 10:07:12 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 2 replies
    Law Dragon ^ | September 22, 2021 | John Ryan
    Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba – Defense attorneys for the detainee accused of planning the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole have resumed efforts to get more information about the microphones discovered in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility room where they met with their client for more than three years. The government has claimed that the devices, first found by the defense team in mid-2017, were “legacy” microphones no longer in use. This hearing – the first in the case since January 2020 – is dedicated to witness testimony related to the former attorney-client meeting space. Lawyers for Abd al...
  • Would Iran be prepared to attack a US military base in America?

    03/23/2021 5:10:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | MARCH 21, 2021 20:12 | By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps discussed attacking a US military base using an explosive-laden boat. Members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps discussed attacking a US military base, according to the Associated Press. The Fort McNair Army base is a 10-minute drive from the White House and is located in the US capital. The National Security Agency intercepted the communications in January and they include discussions of using some kind of explosive-laden boat as was used in a 2000 attack in Yemen against the USS Cole. “The intelligence also revealed threats to kill Gen. Joseph M. Martin and plans to...
  • Navy to mark 20th anniversary of attack on USS Cole (Later today, 12 Oct)

    10/11/2020 9:21:02 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 13 replies
    Herald Mail ^ | October 11 | Mike Lewis
    For the first time in two decades Sunday, Tom Wibberley set foot on the vessel where his son, Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, lost his life. Tom Wibberley said the last time he stepped on the USS Cole was the day before it left port, and while he has had an opportunity to tour it again since, Sunday was the first time he did. He and his wife joined other Gold Star families over the weekend who were able to tour the USS Cole ahead of the Navy's Monday remembrance on the 20th anniversary of an attack that took the lives...
  • Sudan Agrees to Compensate Families of USS Cole Victims

    02/13/2020 7:47:36 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    gCaptain ^ | February 13, 2020 | Khalid Abdelaziz
  • USS Cole victims remembered on the 19th anniversary of the attack

    10/12/2019 6:22:41 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 10 replies
    WCMH - NBC Arlington ^ | October 12 | Staff
    ARLINGTON, VA (WCMH) — Nineteen years ago today, 17 American sailors were killed and 37 sailors were injured when the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists in a small boat laden with explosives in Yemen on Oct. 12, 2000.
  • U.S. Airstrike in Yemen Targets al-Qaida Operative Accused of USS Cole Attack

    01/06/2019 11:49:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    ktla ^ | 10:15 AM, January 6, 2019,
    The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, is wanted in the United States for his role in the Cole attack on Oct. 12, 2000. He was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in 2003 and charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of U.S. nationals and murder of U.S. military personnel. “U.S. forces are still assessing the results of the strike following a deliberate process to confirm his death,” the spokesman for U.S. Central Command, Navy Capt. William Urban, said Friday. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the airstrike killed al-Badawi. “Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for...
  • Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin

    05/21/2019 12:06:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 20, 2019 12:31 PM | Ben Werner
    Raytheon Awarded $16.8 Million To Repair Electronics On Fire-Damaged USS Oscar Austin By: Ben Werner May 20, 2019 12:31 PM Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Fredericksen Coulter stands the optical sight systems watch in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). US Navy Photo The Navy recently awarded Raytheon a $16.8-million contract to repair the AN/SPY-1D transmitters suite aboard USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79), providing a hint at the type of work required to bring the fire-damaged Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer back to the fleet. The contract pays Raytheon to repair, refurbish, reassemble and test...
  • Al Qaeda terrorist behind USS Cole attack killed by US airstrike in Yemen

    01/05/2019 8:59:49 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 39 replies
    American Military News ^ | 1/5/2019 | Laura Widener
    The terrorist responsible for the deaths of 17 U.S. sailors on the USS Cole in 2000 is believed to be dead this week. A U.S. official told CNN on Friday that Al Qaeda terrorist Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi is believed to be dead after a U.S.-led airstrike on Yemen on Tuesday. A predator drone reportedly struck Al-Badawi’s vehicle in an isolated attack as he was driving alone in the Ma’rib Governorate located in central Yemen. Al-Badawi is believed to be the terrorist behind the Oct. 12, 2000 suicide bomber attack that struck the USS Cole as it refueled in...
  • Ex CIA chief John Brennan to Trump: ‘America will Triumph over You’

    03/17/2018 10:33:34 AM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 215 replies
    USA Today ^ | 3-17-18 | Sean Rossman
    <p>The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in a venomous tweet Saturday, accused President Trump of political corruption and warned, "America will triumph over you."</p> <p>John Brennan's biting two-sentence statement came in response to a Friday evening tweet in which the president celebrated the ouster of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history," he wrote. "You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but will not destroy America... America will triumph over you."</p>
  • Russian spy ship now 30 miles off Virginia coast

    01/25/2018 10:14:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies
    American Military News ^ | 1/25/18 | Peter Reid
    A Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted just 30 miles off the coast of Virginia in international waters on Wednesday, military officials said, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The Russian ship was spotted approaching the east coast last week.“We are tracking the Viktor Leonov’s presence off the East Coast, much like we are aware of all vessels approaching the United States and Canada,” said Navy Spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki. “We respect the rights and freedoms of all nations to operate in international waters in accordance with international law.” The Russian ship is being tracked by the Norfolk-based destroyer USS...
  • Judge orders USS Cole case to continue despite defense attorneys quitting

    11/02/2017 12:24:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 11/2/17 | KATE IRBY AND CAROL ROSENBERG
    U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth on Thursday denied defense counsel’s request to halt USS Cole hearings at Guantanamo, despite the refusal to participate by three civilian lawyers for the accused. Within minutes of the denial, lawyers for Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel for military commissions, filed an unlawful detention petition in Lamberth’s court. The USS Cole case judge, Air Force Col. Vance Spath, on Wednesday sentenced the Marine general to 21 days confinement in his quarters, in a trailer park behind the Guantanamo courthouse, for refusing to return the civilian counsel to their jobs. The 20-page...
  • Supreme Court won't take case of alleged USS Cole mastermind

    10/16/2017 5:18:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 9:40 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors should face a trial by a military commission. The court on Monday declined to take up the case of Saudi national Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. Al-Nashiri had sought to challenge the authority of a military commission in Guantánamo Bay hearing his case. But an appeals court ruled last year that al-Nashiri’s challenge would have to wait until after his trial. …
  • Legendary FBI Agent Carlos T. Fernandez Retires

    06/29/2017 12:18:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The legendary FBI agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division, Carlos T. Fernandez, is retiring after 21 years. Fernandez, 50, was posted in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after 9/11 and in Libya after Benghazi. He is joining Viacom as their global head of security at their Times Square headquarters. Insiders say the media giant has hired him to lead all of their security teams on a global basis, protect their offices and digital systems, and ensure the safety of Viacom staff and guests who attend their events.
  • Flashback: THE MAN WHO KNEW (Frontline Episode from 2002 on former FBI agent/head of WTC security)

    09/08/2016 10:32:48 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 19 replies
    As an FBI agent who specialized in counter-terrorism, John P. O’Neill investigated the bombing of the American embassies in Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and the first attack on the World Trade Center. O’Neill came to believe America should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack, but his was often a lonely voice. A controversial figure inside the buttoned-down world of the FBI, he was forced out of the job he loved and entered the private sector – as director of security for the World Trade Center.
  • Appeals court refuses to halt trial in USS Cole attack

    08/30/2016 10:36:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2016 1:03 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the military commission trial of a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors. The 2-1 ruling said that Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri can’t challenge the commission’s authority to hear his case until after the proceeding has run its course. Al-Nashiri argued that military commissions only have authority over offenses that take place during an armed conflict. He said his actions were not war crimes because the U.S. was not officially at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attack. But...
  • Obama's Bloody Yemen Disaster

    01/23/2015 5:34:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | January 23, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    When President Obama declares something a "success story," you know it has "TOTAL FAILURE" embedded in its DNA. Four months ago, America's King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen. A "light footprint" approach to counterterrorism operations, he claimed, was the most effective path to stability. In addition, Obama has shoveled nearly $1 billion in American tax-subsidized foreign aid to Yemen. Four months later, Iran-backed Shia rebels seized a Yemeni presidential palace. The president and his entire cabinet tendered their resignations on Thursday, creating a vacuum that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula...
  • Greenfield: The Betrayal of the USS Cole

    05/09/2016 2:14:23 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 18 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, May 08, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, May 08, 2016 The Betrayal of the USS Cole Posted by Daniel Greenfield On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and living surrounded by the...
  • The Betrayal of the USS Cole

    05/09/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Daniel Greenfield
    The valorous dead of the USS Cole have been betrayed too many times to count by each administration On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and...
  • Bin Laden network 'plotted hundreds of attacks'

    11/08/2001 2:27:39 AM PST · by maquiladora · 40 replies · 763+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday November 8, 2001 | Julian Borger in Washington
    The attacks on US targets culminating in the September 11 suicide hijackings were only a fraction of the onslaught planned by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, it emerged yesterday. Over the past three years, US intelligence detected plots against US embassies in 14 countries, mostly in Asia and Africa, and there were over 600 more "credible threats" of attacks. Some were thwarted by arrests or stepped up security. Others appear to have been suspended or may still be pending. The global extent of al-Qaida's terrorist ambitions is revealed in a new book by Peter Bergen, CNN's terrorism analyst, who interviewed ...