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March 19, 2007

USS Cole Bombing Suspect Admits Guilt, And Also Complicity In Embassy Bombings

According to the Pentagon Humanity-Stealing Torturers.

A suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole warship in Yemen has confessed to the attack, the Pentagon has said.

Walid Mohammad bin Attash is said to have made his confession in a hearing at Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba.

Seventeen sailors died and 37 were hurt when the Cole was rammed by suicide bombers in the port of Aden in 2000.

Mr Attash also said he helped plan the 1998 bomb attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 213, the Pentagon said.

Partial transcripts of the alleged admission made during a closed-door hearing were released by the US defence department.

The US hearings have been widely criticised by lawyers and human rights groups as sham tribunals, with no chance for the defendants to get a fair trial.

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"I put together the plan for the operation a year and a half prior to the operation," Mr Attash told a military panel, according to the transcripts.

Asked where he was at the time of the attack, Mr Attash reportedly said he was with al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

According to the transcripts, Mr Attash also said he served as a key liaison in Pakistan between Bin Laden and the cell chief in Nairobi for the embassy bombings in east Africa.

"I was the link that was available in Pakistan. I used to supply the cell with whatever documents they need - from fake stamps to visas, whatever," he said in the transcripts.

A depressed Rosie O'Donnell just ate three gallons of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream.

That doesn't really have anything to do with the Cole bombing story. She does that every Monday at 7 o'clock.


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