President Obama will meet with the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and of the USS Cole bombing on Friday, a day after the judge charged with convening the military trials at Guantanamo ordered charges withdrawn against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of being the former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al Qaeda and the mastermind of the attack on the Cole.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.
It may not be any consolation to the families. I’m not too excited either.
But this was a pretty prominent part of Obama’s platform, and it’s one promise he was going to do his best to keep.
The best thing from this is that he remains at Guantanamo.