June 30th, 2008
08:34 PM ET

For the attack on the USS Cole, justice finally

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/30/art.usscole.jpg caption="Damage sustained by the USS Cole after a bomb exploded on Oct. 2000."]
Mike Mount
Pentagon Producer

Mention the attack on the USS Cole in October, 2000, and it brings up raw feelings in the Pentagon and the U.S. Navy.

This was the first attack on the U.S. military by al Qaeda, which killed 17 and wounded 47 sailors, almost a year before the 9-11 attacks. It bonded active duty military and veterans alike and woke up a nation to who Osama bin Laden really was.

Before the “We Will Never Forget,” 9-11 slogan, there was the “Remember the Cole” motto, and it still has a profound impact on those close to that tragedy.

The mood here in the Pentagon today is subdued but relieved that almost eight years after the attack, the first person connected to the bombing is finally being charged.

The military charges Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri with helping plan, organize, and direct the attack. But the fact that Al-Nashiri has been charged does not mean it will be a smooth road to a trial.

It is not clear if much of the evidence gathered on him will be allowed, as it was gained by waterboarding, a method of interrogation viewed by many as torture. Legal authorities will have to hash that out.

In the meantime, the USS Cole itself has been back on active duty for years now and active in the war on terrorism. For many, that alone is justice.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Terrorism
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I think it is great the USS Cole is back on duty and doing its part in the war on terrorism; a fitting outcome after that attack. Its just too bad that evidence was gathered by unacceptable means; the person that did it may never be punished because of that and that is not acceptable – but then neither is torture and water-boarding.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 30, 2008 at 8:57 pm |
  2. Larry

    If Obama has no comment on the Cole then I guess it doesn't warrant the american public's attention.

    June 30, 2008 at 8:49 pm |