From the Department of You Just Cannot Make This Shit Up Faster Than It Happens
Thursday 29 January 2009
by: Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald
A chief Army judge for the US War Commission trials in Guantanamo has refused President Obama's request for a delay in the US military's case against Abd el Rahim al Nashiri.
The chief judge of the Guantánamo war court Thursday spurned a presidential request to freeze the military commissions, and said he would go forward with next month's hearing for an alleged USS Cole bomber in a capital terror case.
Abd el Rahim al Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, faces a Feb. 9 arraignment on terror charges he helped orchestrate the October 2000 al Qaeda suicide bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors off the coast of Yemen.
Nashiri is now held at the remote U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba after years of CIA detention in which the agency has confirmed it waterboarded him in secret custody.
Generals are mostly Republicans. Coincidence? You decide.