A military judge at Guantanamo rejected on Thursday a White House request to suspend a hearing for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, creating an unexpected challenge for the administration as it reviews how America puts suspected terrorists on trial. The judge, Army Col. James Pohl, said his decision was difficult but necessary to protect "the public interest in a speedy trial." The ruling came in the case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. The bombing killed 17 U.S. sailors.
Judge Rejects Obama Bid to Stall Gitmo Trial
The Associated Press
January 30, 2009