Well, he did promise not to do it again:

U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen’s release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers.

The release of Jamal al-Badawi, a mastermind in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, has outraged U.S. officials.

“We are dismayed and deeply disappointed in the government of Yemen’s decision not to imprison [Jamal al-Badawi],” said a Justice Department statement issued by the Department’s National Security Division.

“We have communicated our displeasure to Yemeni officials,” the statement said.

The statement pointedly referred to al-Badawi as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists and noted prosecutors in New York City want to get their hands on him.

“He was convicted in Yemeni courts and has been indicted in the Southern District of New York,” the Justice Department said. Officials said the decision is not consistent with cooperation between counterterrorism officials of the United States and Yemen.

Al-Badawi — who had escaped prison last year — was freed after turning himself in two weeks ago, renouncing terrorism and pledging allegiance to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to news reports.

Witnesses said al-Badawi was “receiving well-wishers at his home” in Aden, Yemen, according to The Associated Press in Sana, Yemen.

Good. We know where he is. Kill, or capture, him ASAP.



8 Comments

  1. Bass

    Although I don’t agree with the Yemeni governmetn’s actions letting a convicted terrorist free just because he renounced terrorism, it is not any different than our governmet’s actions when it comes to dealing with terrorism. They let Mu’ammar al-Qadafi off the hook after he killed several hundred American “civilians” in a cold blooded terrorist attack on a jumbo-jet.

  2. Jacob Stein

    We should cancel all aid to all foreign goverments because there is so much aid needed right here at home. Is this why i pay such high taxs so someone can send my money to other countrys like Yemen. The U.S. government should cancel $20 million in aid to Yemen for releasing al-Badawi, I Agree

  3. Saladin

    People are ignoring one important fact about this case — he’s not a terrorist! A man attacking a FOREIGN MILITARY SHIP in his homeland waters is not committing terrorism. The Cole bombing is not comparable to 9/11. Attacks on US civilians on US soil are not the same as attacks on US soldiers/sailors occupying a foreign country!

  4. tim

    # Saladin Says:
    October 27th, 2007 at 9:20 am

    People are ignoring one important fact about this case — he’s not a terrorist! A man attacking a FOREIGN MILITARY SHIP in his homeland waters is not committing terrorism. The Cole bombing is not comparable to 9/11. Attacks on US civilians on US soil are not the same as attacks on US soldiers/sailors occupying a foreign country!

    Last time I checked we had no occuping force in Yemen
    we have A base and a navel refueling station there it is also a port of call or at least it was. but now I belive we should let that back water mud hole slide back in to obscurity as It has no concept of what the rule of law is .

  5. brian

    “People are ignoring one important fact about this case — he’s not a terrorist! A man attacking a FOREIGN MILITARY SHIP in his homeland waters is not committing terrorism. The Cole bombing is not comparable to 9/11. Attacks on US civilians on US soil are not the same as attacks on US soldiers/sailors occupying a foreign country!”

    US Bases and Refueling Stations ARE considered US Soil. We don’t occupy this country, yet were attacked on our ground. He is a terrorist, plain and simple.

    We should send a predator drone as our well wisher…

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  7. Thomas G. Welsh

    “We have communicated our displeasure to Yemeni officials,” the statement said.

    Isn’t that just wonderful!!! Big deal!!
    When any government including our own, let’s a known terrorist loose, he should be dead within 48 hours.
    Are we serious about winning this war against these barbarians, or, are we just trying to play nice?

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