USS Cole commander applauds Director Mueller’s testimony, Senate vote to deny funds to close Gitmo

Talk-radio host Steve Malzberg interviewed Commander Kirk Lippold who commanded the U.S.S. Cole when it was attacked in 2000 and is currently a Senior Military Fellow with Military Families United. They discussed today’s 90 to 6 Senate vote to deny President Barack Obama the funding needed to close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay.

In addition, they talked about FBI Director Robert Mueller testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today, his risk assessment of bringing al Qaeda’s terrorists into America should Gitmo be closed:

“The concerns we have about individuals who may support terrorism being in the United States run from concerns about providing financing, radicalizing others,” Mueller said, as well as “the potential for individuals undertaking attacks in the United States.”

“All of those are relevant concerns,” Mueller said.

The FBI chief said he would not discuss specific individuals. He said there were also potential risks to putting detainees in maximum security prisons.

Here is Commander Lippold’s written statement about Director Mueller’s testimony.

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