Abdallah Ahmed al Sabri, a 38-year old Yemeni, was almost certainly part of the al-Qaeda cell that bombed the USS Cole. US Officials describe al Sabri as “a member of an Yememi al-Qaeda cell which was directly involved with the 2000 USS COLE attack.”
In 2008, Obama met with the commander of the USS Cole and USS Cole victims’ family members, promising “swift and certain” action against Guantanamo detainees. Al Sabri was labeled as “high risk”.
In 2014, Obama described al Sabri as just an al-Qaeda “associate” who “probably did not play a significant role in terrorist operations.” Now, al Sabri is in Saudi Arabia. The only thing that changed to account for this dramatic alteration of his records was the way someone was looking at it.
Snopes, a Soros fact checking site, says Obama has no role in the selection of candidates and al Sabri had a tangential role in the bombing. Obama might not have directly selected the candidate but he isn’t doing his job and fulfilling his promises to the victims’ families, but then again, he never does. All he cares about is closing GITMO.As far as al Sabri’s role. He was a member of the cell when they bombed the USS Cole.
It is Bill Clinton who perhaps bears more responsibility for not seeking justice for the 17 dead sailors and you can read about that at Frontpage Magazine.
Fox News reported that al Sabri was “the man at the helm of the USS Cole when it was attacked”. The release of al Sabri “denies justice to the 17 people killed aboard the ship.” The ship’s commanding officer, Kirk Lippold, told Fox News that his 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. From the perspective of the American people and my crew, he’s never been held accountable.”
The White House knows he might go back to the fight. In fact, they knew he was still “high risk” when they downgraded his threat levels. All Obama wants is to empty GITMO for his ego and his legacy.
We are supposed to believe that he will change in Saudi rehab.
Former Guantanamo overseer Major General Jay Hood told Fox News that while the Saudi rehabilitation scheme should be applauded, it is not equipped to keep Yemeni detainees like al Sabri from re-entering the fight against America.
He will return to the fight and they know it.
“If history is a guide, we can expect to see some number of them back in the fight soon,” he said. “As a group, the Yemenis held at [Guantanamo] represented the most committed and violent of the Islamic extremist in US custody.”
Several former Guantanamo detainees have returned to the fight against America, Fox says, including Osama bin Laden’s former chauffeur Ibrahim al-Qosi, a Sudanese man who is now believed to be a top Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.
In 2011, al Sabri’s lawyer tried to present him as a “Gucci jihadist” but the judge disagreed and he was tied to the suicide bombers who blew up the USS Cole.
The very paperwork that was used as the basis for the decision to free Sabri describes him as “a member of a Yemeni al-Qaida cell directly involved with the USS Cole attack”. This cell “conducted surveillance” on the targeted vessel and “prepared explosives for the bombing”. Sabri had been arrested in Yemen for his involvement in the attack before he managed to make his way to Afghanistan, Frontpage reported.
Now he is a free man and has been sent back to the homeland of terrorism, Saudi Arabia. Obama’s drones released eight others at the same time, equally dangerous.