I’m Sorry, Kenneth Clodfelter
Posted by ginnypub on February 6, 2009
Sixteen days into his administration, Barry Soetoro has wiped out eight years of bringing Islamic serial mass murderers to justice. For anyone still doubting the lack of respect Soetoro holds for our warriors serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, this last act should erase all doubt.
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there.
The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.
The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.
Seventeen U.S. sailors died on Oct. 12, 2000, when al-Qaida suicide bombers steered an explosives-laden boat into the Cole, a guided-missile destroyer, as it sat in a Yemen port.
The Pentagon last summer charged al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian, with “organizing and directing” the bombing and planned to seek the death penalty in the case.
In his Jan. 22 order, Obama promised to shut down the Guantanamo prison within a year. The order also froze all Guantanamo detainee legal cases pending a three-month review as the Obama administration decides where — or whether — to prosecute the suspects who have been held there for years, most without charges.
John and Gloria Clodfelter, like Del. Frank Hargrove, I will remember Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 568
Celebrating the life of Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter.
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 12, 2001
Agreed to by the Senate, January 19, 2001
WHEREAS, Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter of Mechanicsville, a petty officer 2nd class in the United States Navy, was killed in the line of duty on October 12, 2000; and
WHEREAS, Petty Officer Clodfelter, on duty aboard the USS Cole, was a victim of the terrorist attack that occurred in the port of Aden, Yemen; and
WHEREAS, a resident of Mechanicsville, Kenneth Clodfelter was a 1997 graduate of Lee-Davis High School, where he was a member of the football team; and
WHEREAS, Kenneth Clodfelter, who was a Boy Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow, a volunteer firefighter, and a dedicated sailor, enlisted in the Navy after graduation from high school; and
WHEREAS, mourned by his parents, his wife, and his young son, Kenneth Clodfelter was promoted to petty officer 2nd class on the day of his death; and
WHEREAS, Kenneth Clodfelter’s death is a reminder of the hazards of military service and of the commitment, courage, and heroism of the young men and women who defend our nation’s freedom; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly mourn the untimely passing of a brave young Virginian, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly.
“When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry.” Former VP Richard Cheney
“We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity. We will not tire, or rest, until the war is won.” Pres. George W. Bush
On 04Nov08, 52.9% of Americans grew tired and rested, Mr. President, but some of us never will.