USS Cole Terrorist Faces Capital Charges Again
Original charges were dropped because suspect was tortured
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2011 4:13 AM CDT
In this 2000 file photo, investigators in a speed boat examine the hull of the USS Cole.   (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)
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(Newser) – One of the "high-value" detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay has been charged with planning the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 US sailors, reports the LA Times. Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, a Saudi of Yemeni descent, faces the death penalty if convicted of planning and orchestrating the attack on the Cole as it was docked in a Yemeni harbor.

Nashiri was arrested in Dubai in 2002 and imprisoned at a secret CIA interrogation site before being moved to Gitmo in 2006. Initial charges against Nashiri were dropped after it was revealed he had been tortured while in CIA detention, including by waterboarding and threats of being shot or maimed by a power drill. The Pentagon's announcement of new charges against Nashiri made no comment about his previous treatment.
 

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