Below is the letter that I sent to Senator Cornyn on 12-09-08. I am concerned that as President Obama will attempt to have not only the terrorists who are charged with the attack on the USS Cole, but that all the other terrorists who are charged with murdering other Americans tried in the American Judicial System. Anyone remember OJ. Simpson? OJ is only one example of numerous criminals who have been able to to get over on the courts. There is no end to the number of loop holes in our judicial system that a decent lawyer would be able to find and use to get the terrorists released as free men. The liberals know and understand this. Obama used this subject as one of his campaign promises to get the liberal vote. Will he really do it? Who knows. But I for one do not want to wait and see. Its encouraging to see that Fox News has picked this subject up, and has been talking about it at least every night now for at least three days. It was also refreshing to see that Fox actually reported on how President Saleh had released all the Cole bombers! And had released other terrorists that were returned to them as well. Some of these terrorists went right back to their old profession of killing innocent people again.
What Obama will do with the terrorists has become a battle between those who want the terrorists tried in the Military Commissions Court, where there is at least the possibility that they will be held accountable for the murders that they committed, and the real victims remembered. As opposed to our own court system where the terrorists will be portrayed as your stereotypical victims who have been set up by the American Government. The ACLU and liberals will have field day.
So ideally Obama will need a solution to appease his liberal base, and the rest of Americans. And would such a solution be realistic?
Dear Senator Cornyn,
Occidental Tower 5005 LBJ Freeway, Ste 1150 Dallas Tx 75244
First off, thank you again for all the work that you and your staff have done so far in obtaining a Judiciary Hearing next year regarding the attack on the USS Cole 67, and the corrupt regime of President Saleh of Yemen. This past year has seen positive changes related to the USS Cole Attack and the Dictator Saleh's brutal regime. We were told this past October by the VFW that they had been contracted for the next 20 years to provide Memorial Services for our son's grave at Fort Sam Houston Texas. Whoever helped in extending the Memorial Services for son and his mates needs to be recognized and has our gratitude and utmost respect and thanks.
We were also allowed to travel to Guantanamo Bay to witness and testify at the trial of the Al-Qaeda propagandist terrorist Al-Buhlul for his production of the recruitment video involving the attack on the USS Cole 67. And again we are grateful that we could be in the courtroom for the very first trial of one of the many terrorists related to the Cole attack over 8 years ago.
This leads directly into the other subject matter of this letter. We would like to know why, as the parents of a murdered sailor and as American citizens, why our government sees fit to release Bin Laden's driver Hamden back to Yemen, when President Saleh refuses to extradite the terrorists that were responsible for the attack in which our son was murdered. Instead he reduced their sentences, tried others on unrelated charges, and or gave them pardons.
Of great concern as well are the numerous news reports of how President Saleh of Yemen is systematically depriving his own people of food, water, shelter, and medical assistance. Human Rights Watch determined that the Yemeni regime's practices against its citizens rise to the level of collective punishment and are in violation of international law.
The Yemeni government also targets in particular those who disagree with his support of and use of Al-Qaeda to further his own agenda. The editor of al-Sahrie faces the death penalty for publishing reports that members of the jihaddist group, the Aden Abyan Islamic Army, trained Saleh's Salafi tribal paramilitary raised in the Sa'ada War and unleashed on Shiite civilians. Yet the Bush administration has released a known terrorist back to this regime that supports terrorism and deploys terrorists on a regular basis. It does not make any sense at all sir.
We want to commend you for taking a stand against those in our government who want Guantanamo Prison closed, and the terrorists either released and or tried here in America, where they would eventually be released. I think that your actions reflect the courage that it took for our military people to capture these terrorists to be tried for their crimes in the first place. It would be disrespectful of all the soldiers, sailors, marines, air force, and coast guard members who have fought and died to just release these terrorists to be freed, and or back to President Saleh where he would release them to fight with Al-Qaeda against our military again.
Thank you and your staff again for all your work.
Gary G. Swenchonis, Sr and Deborah Swenchonis 12-07-08