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Obama Meeting with Families of Cole and 9/11 Victims

President Obama has a meeting scheduled tomorrow with families of those killed in the terrorist attack on the Cole and the families of 9/11 victims most likely to discuss with them dropping charges on one of the Cole bombers.

Andy McCarthy has been following this story closely.

...it is noteworthy that, before the appointing authority acted this evening, Obama had scheduled a meeting for tomorrow afternoon with victims and families of victims not only of the Cole bombing but of of the 9/11 attacks. At a minimum, he appeared poised to announce he was dropping the Cole charges against Nashiri. All evening, however, it has been floated from several knowledgeable sources that the president was prepared to announce the dismissal of all the commission cases -- i.e., not only against Nashiri but against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 plotters. That suggestion is supported by the fact that the 9/11 families were invited to the White House meeting: there would have been no need to invite them to discuss an announcement that impacted only the Cole case.

Dismissals, if they happened, would surely be couched as "without prejudice." That is, Obama would be able to tell the families -- whether he meant it or not -- that he could always re-file military commission charges if he ultimately decided that commissions, rather than civilian trials, were the best way to go.

The Anchoress is following as well.

President Obama is going to talk to the families of 9/11 victims and those killed on the U.S.S.Cole. From what we have seen of the president these past few weeks, his talking to them will be very nice, and their concerns will have no affect on his position, whatsoever. Rather like "inviting" the opposition in for a talk and telling them, "I won."

Michael Goldfarb has more details about the meeting:

According to the Post, among those who will be in attendance are family members opposed to the decision. Also quoted in the story is Retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, the commanding officer on board the USS Cole when it was attacked in Yemen in October of 2000. He's been a vocal critic of Obama's order closing the facility, accusing the president of failing to take into account the effect his decision would have on the families of al Qaeda's victims. The Post quotes one unnamed activist dramatically warning that the event may produce "fireworks."

Michelle Malkin has more.

Related: Move America Forward has a new ad out about the closing of Gitmo.

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Comments (18)

This is what's known as a B... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

This is what's known as a Bush Time Bomb. There's going to be lots and lots and lots of them.

The victims should spit in ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The victims should spit in his smug face. He surrendered to the terrorists for political points. ww

Adrian, actually this is wh... (Below threshold)

Adrian, actually this is what is known as "cutting off your nose to spite your face." Liberals trashed Bush's pragmatic and common-sense handling of so many War on Terror issues and then vigorously promised to "end" them ... but how are you going to "end" terrorist detention or virtually any other Bush WOT policy without serious repercussions? Adrian, this is what happens when liberal politicians, eager to suck up to the Nutroots, open their big mouths without thinking first.

The quaking fear e... (Below threshold)
gracecurl Author Profile Page:

The quaking fear exhibited by "conservatives" when it comes to "Islamofascists" is the same fear that lead to the interment of Japanese during WW2 and to the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. There is always going to be a small segment of the population that is petrified with fear making irrational and regrettable decisions.

During the Blitz over 50,000 were killed. Did the British people cower in fear, hardly, did they set up special camps to torture the captured enemy?

There is a certain group of people in America, like Malkin, that have submitted to the will of terrorists and have become the opposite of what the Brits were in WW2.

Obama keeps stepping in it ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Obama keeps stepping in it deeper and deeper.

For a man who is supposedly so 'intellectual' and 'detail-oriented', he couldn't figure out what to do regarding Gitmo throughout the entire two years he was running for POTUS? Now he is either doing this by the seat of his pants, or he was doing what he intended to do all along: Make it impossible to do anything BUT free all the Gitmo prisoners.

In some ways, I wish it was the first choice, but deep down, I believe it was always the second tactic. The voters might excuse the former, but they'd never accept the latter if it was brought up during the election.

Don't read too much into th... (Below threshold)

Don't read too much into the 'dropping charges' deal. It was simply an administrative type of thing. In order to switch from the current program to whatever sort of lunacy Great Leader comes up with to deal with these murderers they need to get the charges dropped in the existing system so they can re-file them under the new one, as noted above these were dropped without prejudice meaning they can re-file charges when they're ready and it's not like they're dropping the guy off in St. Louis until that time. Yet.

Obama doesn't want it calle... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Obama doesn't want it called the war on terror anymore.

Obama is showing his true c... (Below threshold)
sam:

Obama is showing his true colors, protecting his Islamic terrorist brothers.

They can re-file charges bu... (Below threshold)
hermie:

They can re-file charges but 1) Will the Holder minions choose to do so. After all, they are from the same mindset that says the detainees were 'tortured', so that would be an excuse not to try them and: 2) If no replacement system has been created, the same voices that cried out about 'Hapeas Corpus' and 'Geneva Conventions' would be out in front regarding prisoners who are held without charge.

Bambi's pandering for MoveOn and Code Pink votes has now placed the US into a position where we will have to free all these terrorists.

Sorry, I meant Habeas Corpu... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Sorry, I meant Habeas Corpus...Morning coffee hasn't kicked in yet.

If things hold true to form... (Below threshold)
hermie:

If things hold true to form, Bambi has already pre-selected the family members he will 'talk to', and Rahm will make sure they are as docile and devoted to the One as Keith Olbermann.

"... they need to get the c... (Below threshold)

"... they need to get the charges dropped in the existing system so they can re-file them under the new one..."

Falze, you are exactly right. In order to appeal to the hard Left, the Democrats had to promise to do away with the military tribunal system, because it was liberal gospel that the military continually "abused" and "tortured" the detainees. That meant that a number of otherwise reasonable people would never trust the military to give them a fair trial.

Problem is, the Democrat Congressional majority has now had two whole years to develop an alternative to the military tribunal system, but so far they've got bupkus. The One hasn't been able to come up with a miracle solution either, apparently. Of course this is a problem because now the Democrats have got to implement a policy that they never bothered to think through.

If this wasn't so serious it would be darn hilarious. As Capt. James T. Kirk said to Kahn: "I'm laughing at the "superior intellect."

For all the asshats, before... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

For all the asshats, before you continue spouting the usual liberal horseshit about Gitmo I'd recommend you do some reading.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061762307/Inside_Gitmo/index.aspx

This book is thoroughly researched with exhaustive sourcing and footnoting. His background on KSM and other high profile terrorists and how they were captured & detained is excellent. You'll never find this info in the MSM.

Once again, Obama has the s... (Below threshold)
jdgjtr:

Once again, Obama has the sensitivity of a doofus.
He may be the Commander in Chief but he still doesn't understand being in the service: We take care of our own. By not letting the military tribunal take care of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and his pals, Obama has slapped the face of everyone who has put themselves in harm's way, knowing that their brothers and sister's would back them up. He may be from Chicago but he needs to learn "The Chicago Way".

gracecurl - "The quakin... (Below threshold)
Marc:

gracecurl - "The quaking fear exhibited by "conservatives" when it comes to "Islamofascists" is the same fear that lead to the interment of Japanese during WW2 and to the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings."

Is there a talking point/"buzzword" - in this case "fear" you don't use that has been in dem, Dem, Left, leftest, progressive, moonbat circles?

Really, if you want to equate "fear" with legitimate concern over gitmo detainees and their final placement, it's your right.

But it does make you look silly at best and at worst, unable to come up with anything that contains a bit of original thought.

Its funny that consrvative ... (Below threshold)
STaylor:

Its funny that consrvative concerns over the Gitmo detainees (you know, the guys who have actually helped plan and execute terrorist attacks on Americans) is compared to a Democratic president signing a bill from the Democratic Legislature to intern all people of Japanese decent regaurdless of inocence. The implication being that FDR was forced to intern the Japanese because of those damn conservatives and their fear mongering.
Liberals, of course, never fear monger; unless their talking about a trillion dollar stimulus plan, or greenhouse gases, or Bush's plan to depose Obama through a coup.
Alright, I made that last one up.
But seriosly folks; terrorists are no threat to us. I mean after all we have been fighting terrorism for the last seven years even though there has not been a single terrorist attack since 9/11; so obviosly we have been fighting something that does not exist. It's all LOGICAL damnit. I mean c'mon, Reagan spent all those billions on the military to fight communism but sense Soviet Russia is dead it evidently was not so much of a threat, Reagan wasted billions fighting something that didn't need to be fought (end sarcasm).
I am going to go lie down for a while to take care of this headache.

Since Obama's earnest drive... (Below threshold)
Ted:

Since Obama's earnest drive to convince the nation to weaken its economic strength through redistribution as well as weaken its national defense, has confirmed the very threats to our Republic's survival that the Constitution was designed to avert, it no longer is sustainable for the United States Supreme Court and Military Joint Chiefs to refrain from exercising WHAT IS THEIR ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DEFEND THE NATION FROM UNLAWFUL USURPATION. The questions of Obama's Kenyan birth and his father's Kenyan/British citizenship (admitted on his own website) have been conflated by his sustained unwillingnes to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal, and compounded by his internet posting of a discredited "after-the-fact" short form 'certificate'. In the absence of these issues being acknowledged and addessed, IT IS MANIFEST THAT OBAMA REMAINS INELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Being a 14th Amendment "citizen" is not sufficient. A "President" MUST BE an Article 2 "natural born citizen" AS DEFINED BY THE FRAMERS' INTENT.

T... (Below threshold)
maggie:



The quaking fear exhibited by "conservatives" when it comes to "Islamofascists" is the same fear that lead to the interment of Japanese during WW2 and to the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. There is always going to be a small segment of the population that is petrified with fear making irrational and regrettable decisions.

During the Blitz over 50,000 were killed. Did the British people cower in fear, hardly, did they set up special camps to torture the captured enemy?

There is a certain group of people in America, like Malkin, that have submitted to the will of terrorists and have become the opposite of what the Brits were in WW2.

gracecurl,
My mother lived through the bombing of London,
she watched it from her bedroom window in the
Thames Valley. If you think there wasn't fear
you know nothing about their nature.
They grabbed their fear and used it to fight back.

As to the Salem witch hunts, that has nothing
to do with the subject today.




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