Gitmo Release Has This Navy Veteran Angry

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Gitmo Release Has This Navy Veteran Angry

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN, Ret, was at the helm of the USS Cole on October 12, 2000 when it was attacked by al-Qaeda terrorists. The bombing of the ship left 17 sailors dead, and 37 wounded. And now there will be no justice for them after Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri was released by the Obama Administration from Guantanamo Bay. And Commander Lippold let Obama know that his decision was a huge 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…From the perspective of the American people and my crew, he’s never been held accountable.” Commander Kirk Lippold

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Mashur Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri – DoD photo

A high risk offender was released

Here is a notation from al-Sabri‘s Guantanamo Bay security file (unclassified):

Recommendation for Continued Detention Under DoD Control (CD)
for ISN US9YM-000324DP (S) has demonstrated support
for the hostilities of other detainees.
Detainee was a member of a Yemeni al-Qaida cell
directly involved with the USS COLE attack. Members of this
cell conducted surveillance on the USS COLE and prepared
explosives for the bombing. Detainee was recruited and
facilitated through the al-Qaida network and traveled
to Afghanistan (AF), where he received advanced training
at al-Qaida facilities. Detainee is assessed to have served
as a guesthouse facilitator (a position of trust and authority)
associated with senior al-Qaida members, and probably
swore bayat (oath of allegiance) to Usama Bin Laden (UBL).

17 dead, 37 wounded – the USS Cole bombing – photo via wikipedia

He was deemed a HIGH risk. But the Administration sent him to Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation.” Wait….weren’t the 9-11 attackers from Saudi Arabia? But they are reportedly going to fix him up and take away all the nasty jihadist ideas from him. Sure.

The Obama administration downplayed his role in the bombing. His minions have been altering the reports to claim these poor misunderstood TERRORISTS are in need of a nice, “safe” place to be where they can grow pansies and talk to unicorns for the rest of their lives.



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