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‘We’d Been Had’: Families Of USS Cole Victims Suffer Again At Hands of Obama Administration

The Obama administration just released a Guantanamo Bay detainee tied to the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, showing once again that he’s willing to dupe the families of the victims of terrorism.

Kirk Lippold, commander of the Cole, blasted the administration for the move, saying Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri has “never been held accountable” for his role in the attack.

Officials described Sabri as “a member of an Yememi Al Qaeda cell which was directly involved with the USS COLE attack. Detainee attended advanced training in Afghanistan after recruitment by a known Al Qaeda facilitator.”

In 2014 however, the Obama administration rewrote history, describing him as merely an Al Qaeda “associate” who “probably did not play a significant role in terrorist operations.”

Via Fox News:

The man at the helm of the USS Cole when it was attacked by an Al Qaeda cell in 2000 said last month’s release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee linked to the bombers denies justice to the 17 people killed aboard the ship.

Kirk Lippold, who was commanding officer of the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer when suicide bombers aboard a small fishing boat blew a hole in the side of the ship, told Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri’s release was a mistake.

“I would have liked to have seen him receive a military commission where he was tried, convicted and sentenced and then his suitability for release determined under the laws of armed conflict,” Lippold said.

“From the perspective of the American people and my crew, he’s never been held accountable,” Lippold added.

During a meeting with Lippold and members of the victims families in the USS Cole and 9/11 attacks, a newly elected President Obama promised he would deliver “swift and certain” action against Guantanamo detainees.

John Clodfelter, whose son was killed in the Cole bombing, revealed much about the President’s ability to convince people of his intentions in a statement to the New York Times after that meeting: “The way he talks to you, you can’t help but believe in him.”

Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, revealed in a Wall Street Journal column her sense that the President had instead deceived those families.

Burlingame surmised that, “Given all the developments since our meeting with the President, it is now evident that his words bore no relation to his intended actions….”

“We’d been had,” she surmised.

Now those families have been duped again. No swift and certain action, just unwarranted freedom for those involved in terror attacks.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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