What Happened to the USS Cole Investigation?

USS Cole

When I read this, I couldn’t believe it. I thought that the guys who plotted the attack on the USS Cole were caught, sentenced, and now behind bars. I guess I missed something. Some of those who were caught were thrown in jail only to be later released.

So, what kind of cooperation are we getting from the Yemeni government? The bad kind, I guess. This is why I don’t believe that we are truly waging a war on terror. We should do what is necessary to protect our citizens. I know that the Israeli government would take out these suspects if the Yemeni government would not do the “right” thing.


From Washington Post:

Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.

Jamal al-Badawi, a Yemeni who helped organize the plot to bomb the Cole as it refueled in this Yemeni port on Oct. 12, 2000, has broken out of prison twice. He was recaptured both times, but then secretly released by the government last fall. Yemeni authorities jailed him again after receiving complaints from Washington. But U.S. officials have so little faith that he’s still in his cell that they have demanded the right to perform random inspections. (more…)

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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