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Military Judge Refuses to Halt Trial of USS Cole Bombing Suspect

Posted by tothewire on January 30, 2009

Military Judge James Pohl has refused the Obama administration’s order to delay the arraignment of Abu al-Nashiri, the accused planner of the 2000 USS Cole attack in Yemen.

banner_worldA military judge has refused the Obama administration’s request to delay the arraignment of Abu al-Nashiri, the accused planner of the 2000 USS Cole attack in Yemen, FOX News learned Thursday. 

Judge James Pohl’s ruling throws a wrench in President Obama’s plans to suspend the military tribunal process for 120 days while the administration reviews how to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within the year. 

Pohl’s decision is striking because two other military judges in a Sept. 11 conspiracy case and in the case of Canadian Al Qaeda operative Omar Khadr agreed to suspend proceedings in accordance with Obama’s recent executive order, which put a hold on all military tribunals.

Al-Nashiri’s arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 9 at Guantanamo Bay. A Defense Department spokesman said the only thing now that can stop the court appearance from going forward is a withdrawal of the charges without prejudice by Judge Susan Crawford, head of the convening authority that oversees the entire process at Guantanamo. 

If the charges are dropped without prejudice, new charges could be brought in another venue, possibly a military court martial or criminal court. 

The October 2000 attack on the USS Cole killed 17 service members and injured 50 others.

http://www.foxnews.com

FOX News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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3 Responses to “Military Judge Refuses to Halt Trial of USS Cole Bombing Suspect”

  1. Ted said

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff HAVE AN ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to stand behind Guantanamo Military Judge James Pohl UNTIL OBAMA OVERCOMES “RES IPSA LOQUITUR” BY SUPPLYING HIS LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PROVING HIS ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE US CONSTITUTION.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/29/AR2009012902021.html?wprss=rss_nation

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  2. tothewire said

    Copied this from the Star Bulletin Oct.30, 2008

    http://www.starbulletin.com/news/breaking/33670554.html

    State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

    Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino says she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

    Fukino says that no state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently from any other.

    She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest in it.

    Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the United States.

    Earlier today, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.

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