Charges dropped against USS Cole bombing suspect
The move, which brings the tribunal into compliance with Obama's Guantánamo stay order, allows charges to be reinstated later.
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McClatchy reports that Nashiri's case "presents especially difficult problems for the Obama administration because he is one of three detainees held at Guantánamo that the CIA has admitted were subjected to waterboarding while in secret detention." Agence France-Presse adds that former CIA Director Michael Hayden admitted last February that Nashiri and two other terrorism suspects had been waterboarded while in CIA custody.Skip to next paragraph
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The Guardian writes that the dismissal of charges against Nashiri comes as Obama is set to meet with family members of the victims of the USS Cole bombing and the 9/11 attacks.
Ahead of today's meeting, a White House statement said Obama wanted to "talk with these families about resolving the issues involved with closing Guantánamo Bay – while keeping the safety and security of the American people as his top priority."
Among those due to meet the president is the former commander of the Cole, retired navy commander Kirk Lippold, who has been critical of the decision to close Guantánamo.
"I'm going to listen," he said. "The families have already been through enough. Don't put the families through even more of this agony."
The retired New York fire chief Jim Riches, whose son was killed at the World Trade Centre, is another of those invited. "My concern is these guys killed my son and I'd like to see justice served on them," he said yesterday. "I'd like to see Guantánamo stay open but my main concern is that we get the justice we deserve."
The Miami Herald adds that Mr. Riches said the families meeting with Obama are not a single political bloc.
[Riches] described the 15 families meeting Obama as spanning the political spectrum, including "the very liberal that are against torture and everything else."
The chief said the issue was inclusion, and that victim families wanted a say in what kind of prosecutions the government would pursue.
"It shows that he's reaching out to the people," he said. "At least we'll get to voice our opinion."