October 26th, 2007
07:58 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani: cut off aid to Yemen over release of bombing suspect

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani Friday night called for the U.S. Government to cut off millions of dollars in aid to Yemen, after the country released a suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole.

Jamal al-Badawi was convicted of masterminding the attack in Yemen, and is under indictment in New York. He escaped from prison in Yemen for a second time in 2006, but turned himself in earlier this month. He was then released by the government there.

In a statement, Giuliani said, “This is unacceptable. Yemen must turn over al-Badawi to the U.S. for trial in the Southern District of New York…. until al-Badawi is re-arrested, America should use all the means at its disposal to pressure Yemen to stop siding with terrorists. As a first step, I urge the U.S. Government to cancel the more than $20 million in aid scheduled to be delivered to Yemen.”

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  1. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I think that shows the liberals he is a true moderate – while military action is never off the table...sanctions should be first – I think he will be an excellent president (unless of course you are looking to him for marital advice)

    October 26, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Dan, Mountain View CA

    Where are those the liberals? Don't say anything? Which one will you agree with? Giulani (and the Republicans) or Yemen and its terorist groups?

    October 26, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Daniel, NY

    Giuliani's campaign has been stunningly effective as of late. He has effectively calmed down the wrath of the Religious Right in so short an amount of time.

    October 26, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    So Rudy, back to the questions about your "Conservative Credentials".

    Any member of the Republican party that votes for this guy is a sell-out. They simply do not practice what they preach. Huckabee should be walking away with the support of real-Republicans.

    October 26, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Colleen,ny

    Rudy G. is another disaster waiting to happen. I really don't think that Americans want to bring a terrorist from Yemen over to the southern district court and waste taxpayers money to try him and keep him in prison for the rest of his life. He should remain where he is and we should start worring about our own country which is in disarray.

    October 27, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    You tell em, Rudy! Why would we give money to states that are soft on terrorism? I hope the president heeds this advice.

    October 27, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Actually "Colleen from ny", we do want this bastard caught and dealt with, as a Navy veteran, I want this done to honor the brave sailors that were killed at the hand of this ass%%%%.

    Typical liberal Clintonesque response, let him stay where he is, ignore it, so he can do what, plan more attacks that KILL AMERICANS?

    During what administration did the USS Cole get bombed...... during whose administration did the pieces of crap get captured.................

    A brutal reminder to all of you sheep who spew the stupidity that "we were so loved" while Bill was in office.

    Do I again have to post the LIST of US installations that got bombed while we "were so loved"?

    Whay did you have Sandy Berger take from the archives in regards to 9-11 Bill?

    Just like Dan from CA said, whose side are you "people" on here, the people that want pressure on Yemen so they recapture this cretin or the terrorosts who had NO PROBLEM ATTACKING YOUR FINE STATE of NY?

    One vote for the terrorists has been registered by Colleen of ny.

    Tom (a non-Guiliani fan) sides with the US.

    October 27, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Colleen,ny

    Tom Dedham..Do you really think that the American people want to keep this man in our prisons forever. Look at that old blind shake taking up space and sending messages through that lawyer lady of his. What should we do use all our prison space for all these terrorists. We should execute them just like we execute our own citizens. What's good for one is good for the other.

    October 27, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. sean metamora,IL

    During what administration did the USS Cole get bombed…… during whose administration did the pieces of crap get captured……………..

    if you want to compare administrations why not compare the death toll on americans from terrorists seems like it was much lower under clinton than bush.

    October 27, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Joe, York, PA

    This convicted criminal (the terrorist, not Giuliani) has repented, and has also sworn an oath to his nation and against voilent extremism. In the eyes of Christ, this is repentence. He should not be judged by any single one of you.

    October 27, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. sean metamora,IL

    This convicted criminal (the terrorist, not Giuliani) has repented, and has also sworn an oath to his nation and against voilent extremism. In the eyes of Christ, this is repentence. He should not be judged by any single one of you.
    Posted By Joe, York, PA : October 27, 2007 4:00 pm

    that's all well and good, he may be aquare with god,
    i seem to remember a quote,

    render unto ceaser what is ceaser's and render unto god what is god's.

    he may be square with god but he isn't square with man. and by not punishing his worldy acts yemen's government is endorsing his worldly acts.

    October 27, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Bob, NY, NY

    More on Rudy's friends

    Hey, Rudy, you need a new 'best friend'
    Friday, October 26, 2007
    STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - If you are known by the company you keep, Rudy Giuliani is in very deep trouble.

    The ex-mayor of the greatest city on earth has a laundry basket full of soiled, controversial items he has been busy either pooh-poohing, denying, or deliberately ignoring.

    Few outside of New York City know Giuliani - the real Rudy. On Sept. 10, 2001, New Yorkers had had their fill of Rudy, and frankly couldn't wait for him to exit the door of Gracie Mansion. They had plenty of reasons: His tawdry affair with Judith, and the flaunting of it in the very public eye even though he was still married and had children old enough to read the headlines.

    Then it was the very shameful way in which he told his wife, Donna, that he planned to divorce her. He didn't break that news beforehand in the privacy of their home. Nope, he did it on television, an avenue of visual communication the ex-mayor truly loves.

    There were other things, i.e. he had made race relations in this city even worse, if that was possible; after filing numerous lawsuits - losing each and every one, ironically, considering his adulterous behavior - he had gained a reputation for being a "moralist."

    Anyway, 24 hours before the planes hit our beloved Twin Towers, Rudy Guiliani had very few friends and plenty of enemies.

    The rest, as they say, is history. He has used the tragedy to transform himself into the self-labeled "America's mayor," and launch a presidential bid by frankly captializing on what he was paid to do back then: Lead at a time of crisis.

    Now the truth - in drips and dabs - is beginning to bubble to the surface about how many mistakes "America's mayor" made that might have cost hundreds of brave first responders, cops and firefighters their lives as the 9/11 horror was unfolding.

    But let us not linger, and get to the point: Rudy Giuliani has an accused sex pervert on his staff and he won't fire him.

    Monsignor Alan Placa was suspended by the Rockville Centre Diocese after he was identified as "Priest F" in a 2003 Suffolk County, N.Y., grand jury report. Placa was accused by the grand jury of both molesting boys and covering up others' abuse.

    Placa, a very close friend of Giuliani's - his BFF (best friend for life), is also employed by the former mayor's high-profile company, Giuliani Partners. As the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers Newsday and The New York Times, along with Salon and others have reported, the grand jury report accuses Placa of sexually abusing children, as well as helping cover up the sexual abuse of children by other priests.

    Salon reported that Placa, was described as "cautious, but relentless in his pursuit of victims," according to the grand jury.

    "There's ample evidence showing that Placa consistently protected predators, shrewdly deceived victims, and covered up horrific clergy sex crimes," said David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, in a statement, The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported.

    Charges were never brought against Placa because by the time anyone came forward, the statute of limitations had expired. According to experts, at least 90 percent of child molestation victims don't come forward and when they do, it is years after the abuse, which was the case with allegations against Placa. Nevertheless, the church took the right action, ordering Placa to stop performing his priestly duties in 2002.

    And what does the man who bills himself "as the law-and-order" Republican candidate have to say about his BFF?

    Giuliani, who has a reputation as not only being "mean-spirited," but as stubborn as a Kentucky mule, has defended Placa, saying that his "good friend" has been "unjustly" accused.

    Right, and there is a bridge in Brooklyn I own I can sell to you cheap.

    Just last week, activists again demanded that Giuliani cut ties with his BFF and employee.

    Giuliani says he'll do no such thing.

    Giuliani and Placa have been friends since childhood; they went to the same Brooklyn high school, college and were in the same fraternity. Placa was a chief aide to Giuliani during his first term as mayor, and was best man at the mayor's first marriage in 1968. Placa helped Giuliani get an annulment in 1982, and then officiated at Giuliani's second wedding in 1984.

    Suspended by the diocese and no longer permitted to perform priestly duties, Placa received special permission to officiate at the 2002 funeral of Giuliani's mother, and later at the mayor's father's.

    Last week, Giuliani tried to convince conservative religious leaders at their convention that he was indeed the man to be their "moral values standard bearer." He told them that they had "nothing to fear from me."

    Well, the same can't be said about his BFF.

    Stevie Lacy-Pendleton is the deputy Editorial Page editor and an Advance senior news columnist. Her column appears on the Advance editorial page every Wednesday and Friday. Her e-mail address is lacy@siadvance.com.

    October 27, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Here are the rules –
    1-4 sentences – you are making a point

    5-10 sentences – you are long winded

    11-? you are raving lunatic...and most likely a Hillary supporter and you also believe in 9/11 conspiracies.

    October 27, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Mac, Severn, Md

    We need somebody strong in the White House at this time in our history. Very importantly, they need to be perceived as being strong by our nation's enemies.

    Weak people get taken advantage of; we don't need or like bullies; a strong person gets respect. Why haven't we heard any comments from any of the other candidates on this issue, or did I miss it somewhere?

    October 28, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Aid to Yemen has nothing to do with Jamal al-Badawi. This is a political blunder on Giuliani's part to make such a threat and this falls short of saying we should go to war with Yemen. Giuliani is politically dangerous to this country so we need to think about how dangerous he would be as president.

    October 28, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Colleen,ny : October 27, 2007 1:08 pm

    Colleen, if you mentioned executing him in your first posting, we would have had no problem. I would rather toast his ass than put him in prison as well.

    Sean from IL, are you aware that not only was the USS Cole bombed during your beloved Clinton years, we had the first WTC bombing, a few Embassies, Khobar towers etc, etc, etc

    What was Billyboy doing during these bombings of US installations....?

    Can you answer a simple question, why did Clinton (sign off on) to authorize Sandy Berger going into the National archives AFTER the Clinton years and BEFORE the 9-11 commission was to meet, if not to knowingly steal DOCUMENTS that may have proven something bleeped up happened BEFORE BUSH TOOK OFFICE in regards to 9-11 or why would Berger risk EVERYTHING.

    Bush is a moron, I get it, but this point is just about Clinton.

    October 28, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Charles in Orem, Utah

    More and more I am reaching the inevitable conclusion that Rudi Giuliani is not just the only practical candidate the Republicans could put forth, but he is the only viable person who should occupy the White House following the general election. To echo his lovely wife, with Rudy in charge I would feel safe. Good luck, good man.

    October 28, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Brandi

    MIDDLETOWN..yes I do believe in the conspiracy. Do you really think that the American people are a bunch of air heads. Maybe you can be hand fed all this nonsense by the Bush administration, but the rest of us can look beyond that. Don't always believe what you believe.

    October 29, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. spinstopper

    "The day after I'm elected, I'm going to travel around the world with a very simple message to the governments and their people alike: The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."

    Undoubtabily, Yemen will be Hillary's first stop..

    October 29, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Steve, Sumter SC

    Why are we sending funds to Yemen in the first place? Thay hate us and everything we stand for! These funds could be used here at home! Money does not make friends of those who hate you!

    October 30, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |