March 14, 2007, - 12:33 pm

Sic’ Em: U.S.S. Cole Trial Starts

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Federal Judge Robert G. Doumar rules Sudan is responsible for U.S.S. Cole bombing. He’ll soon decide damages. But as I wrote below, the key will be collecting from Sudan, without U.S. government interference. ****
Yesterday, the civil trial against Sudan, brought by relatives of 17 victims of the terrorist bombing attack on the U.S.S. Cole, began.
After much legal maneuvering, the government of Sudan–long a welcoming sponsor of Islamic terrorism, even against its own people–will finally face justice, hopefully. The families are seeking $105 million in damages.
From AP:

“Sudan’s material support … including continuous flow of funding, money, weapons, logistical support, diplomatic passports and religious blessing, was crucial in enabling the attack on the USS Cole,” lawyers for the families said in court papers outlining their case.

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“These 17 sailors were murdered,” said Louge Gunn, who testified about how he had contemplated killing himself after his 22-year-old son’s death.
“I dropped the phone. I went into a panic,” Gunn testified. “I fell to the floor on my knees. It was the most devastating thing that had ever happened to me. I felt like somebody had put their hand in the inside of my body and pulled my skin out.”
The families’ lawyers intend to prove that Sudan has given safe haven to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network since 1991 – long before Yemeni operatives blasted a 40-foot-hole in the side of the Cole in Yemen’s port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000.

Winning a judgment against Sudan is one thing. Collecting it will be another. If the suit is victorious, it will remain to be seen whether the Bush Administration and the future Rodham Cankles White House will allow the families to collect. Both the Mr. Cankles and Bush Administrations have blocked various terror-victim families from collecting money judgments from the Government of Iran.
Most well-known is the case of my friend, Stephen Flatow of New Jersey, father of Islamic Jihad victim Alisa Flatow. Both Administrations fought him in his efforts to collect money judgments he won against Iran.
This is one of those rare, worthy Plaintiff’s lawsuits where I say: Sic’ em, lawyers.

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8 Responses

You’ve a tanker photo here.
This is the USS COLE:
http://www.cole.navy.mil
http://www.pianoladynancy.com/recovery_usscole.htm
Did Arafat or OBL pay money to the families of the scum that drove the suicide boat?
THANKS. CORRECTED.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

timjansing on March 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Dear Debbie;
Why would any administration try to prevent somebody from collecting money owed to them by a another country? That doesn’t make any damn sense.
Sincerely;
EJO
THEY OFTEN DO THINGS THAT DON’T MAKE SENSE (THEY ARE THE GOVT., AFTER ALL), BUT ARE PART OF THE ILLOGICAL STATE DEPT. “LOGIC” OF KOWTOWING TO OUR ENEMIES RATHER THAN OUR LOYAL CITIZENS.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

EJO on March 14, 2007 at 5:26 pm

Dear Debbie;
Timjansing is right. That is not the U.S.S. Cole in that picture.
Sincerely;
EJO
THANKS. CORRECTED.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

EJO on March 14, 2007 at 5:33 pm

I do believe that photo is of the French tanker Limburg, same gulf of Aden, two years after the Cole was attacked.
THANKS. CORRECTED.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

jimbabwe on March 14, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Hey Folks,
Let’s not get obsessed over the picture and stick with the story. I hope the lawyers take it to the little sand maggots and shove it so far up their ass it’ll wink at ‘em when they open their camelshit-encrusted mouths to recite their Ali-Baba Bullshit!

1shot1kill on March 15, 2007 at 8:25 am

Dear Debbie;
Thank you very much for commenting on my comments.
May you have a lovely day.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on March 15, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Dear Debbie;
Thank you very much for commenting on my comments.
May you have a lovely day.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on March 15, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Dear Debbie;
Thank you very much for commenting on my comments.
May you have a lovely day.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on March 15, 2007 at 12:22 pm

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