Monday, August 30, 2010

Obama blasted for U.S.S. Cole terrorism trial postponement

by Jim Kouri

Employing one of the oldest political tricks in the book -- releasing bad or unpopular news to the public on Friday when many Americans are starting their weekend festivities and are less likely to pay attention to news stories -- President Barack Obama "pulled a fast one on Americans," according to law enforcement officers across the nation.

Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder have postponed one of the biggest terrorist trials in U.S. history: The prosecution of the coordinator of al-Qaeda's attack on the U.S.S. Cole -- an attack that left 17 sailors dead and others wounded.

Obama and Holder already created a stir when they wanted the trial of the 9/11 terrorist attack conspirators to take place in New York, but Obama and his minions backed down after the outrage became fever-pitched.

According to Fox News Channel's Catherine Herridge, the Obama administration has decided to postpone the civilian trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged facilitator of the October 12, 2000 suicide attack on the U.S.S. Cole which was docked on Yemen.

According to Herridge's report, many observers believe the decision is political in nature with some believing the Democrats do not want the trial to take place during the upcoming election cycle since the Cole attack occurred on a Democrat president's -- Bill Clinton's -- watch.

Others have speculated that the Obama administration does not want to proceed against a high-value war prisoner without the okay to hold civilian trials for other terrorism suspects being held prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

"Perhaps Obama should stick his nose into having these Muslim terrorists convicted rather that sticking his nose into the Ground Zero Mosque controversy," said former military intelligence officer and NYPD detective Mike Snopes.

On October 12, 2000, USS Cole, a Naval destroyer under the command of Commander Kirk Lippold, set in to Aden harbor for a routine fuel stop. According to news reports, a small boat approached the port side of the ship and exploded putting a 160-sq. ft. gash in the ship's port side.

The blast hit the ship's galley, where crew were lining up for lunch. The crew fought flooding in the engineering spaces and had the damage under control by the evening. Seventeen sailors were killed and thirty-nine others were injured in the blast.

The attack was organized and directed by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization. In June 2001, an al-Qaeda-released video featuring bin Laden boasted about the attack and encouraged similar attacks.

Upon hearing about this trial postponement, Commander Lippold voiced his furious opposition to the Obama Administration's latest shenanigans and when -- and if -- the media begin to cover this story, it's certain this will become another "New York City mosque" outrage among most Americans, with President Obama and his minions attempting to garner the moral high-ground.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner ( and New Media Alliance ( In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.