November 11, 2000
The Wisdom Fund

FBI Stonewalls USS Cole Investigation

by Thomas C. Mountain

Almost a month after the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, the FBI continues to refuse to release any information on the origins of the over 1,000 pounds of C-4 explosive used in the attack.

The FBI, which has a major ongoing problem with Gore campaign and the White House over fundraising scandals, and the media, which have ignored the story, seem to be cooperating in an effort to protect or at the very least, do damage control, on a potentially explosive story questioning the integrity of the US Armed Forces and Government.

To put it bluntly, C-4, a tightly controlled part of the US Armed Forces military arsenal, was used to attack a US military target, killing and wounding scores of American military personnel, and how this came to be isn't something the American public would be very interested in? Who could they be protecting, being that the FBI has known for over 3 weeks exactly where the C-4 came from due to the recorded chemical "fingerprint" unique to each batch of C-4?

One scenario has the FBI tracing the C-4 to the CIA, which has recently been caught lying to the courts in a case involving C-4, Khadafi and a CIA agent named Ed Wilson dating back to the Reagan/Bush administration in the early 1980"s. One would have to be naive to not at least consider the possibility that some how something from the Bush Family background with the CIA has been linked to the C-4 used in the attack on the USS Cole. The FBI has every reason to stonewall, based on their hatred for the Gore campaign and the Clinton White House. A story like this breaking in what turned out to be one of the closest Presidential races in US history could have thrown the Presidential Election, and even control of the US Senate and House , to the Democrats.

The last straw for the FBI may have been the knowledge that Clinton was going to, and did, veto their long sought so called "Official Secrets Act", the major assault on civil liberties that has been the dream of the FBI for decades.

It seems the media have agreed that this is too hot to handle, and sometimes in the interest of "democracy" it is in the best interests of the people "not to know" certain things.

[Thomas C. Mountain has been a long time activist in environmental, land and housing, labor, race and international relations.]

["U.S. investigators ... have been told by Yemeni officials that anti-Western guerrillas had planned to bomb another U.S. destroyer as it refueled in Aden last January.... A suspect arrested in Yemen had told officials there that the plot against the destroyer USS The Sullivans went awry when a small boat loaded with explosives apparently sank before the attack could be carried out....The attempt had been scheduled for January 3."--Charles Aldinger, "Yemen Is Told of Earlier Plot Against a U.S. Ship," Reuters, November 10, 2000]

[Why isn't the U.S. looking for the sunken boat?--The Wisdom Fund]

[The former CIA agent who worked with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York and New Jersey stated that the USS Cole was hit by a specially-configured Popeye cruise missile launched from an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine. Israeli tests of the missile in May 2000 in the waters off Sri Lanka demonstrated it could hit a target 930 miles away. The ex-CIA agent also stated that Ambassador Bodine threw John O'Neill and his team out of Yemen lest their investigation began uncovering evidence that the Cole was not blown up by an explosive-laden boat but by an Israeli cruise missile.--Wayne Madsen, "Clearing the Baffles for 911,", October 2, 2005]

Enver Masud, "USS Cole: A Diversion, or Casualty of War," The Wisdom Fund, October 31, 2000

"USS Cole Suspect: Torture Elicited Confession," Associated Press, March 30, 2007

[The dismissal of the charges eliminates the need for Monday's hearing but al-Nashiri would remain in U.S. custody and could be recharged under the commissions system or a replacement drawn up by the Obama administration.--Jane Sutton and Andrew Gray, "Judge drops charges in USS Cole bombing case," Reuters, February 6, 2009]

[The Saudi prisoner awaiting a death-penalty trial for the USS Cole bombing was tortured physically, mentally and sexually--Carol Rosenberg, "Suspect in USS Cole bombing was tortured, expert says," Miami Herald, April 24, 2014]

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