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"Trump Administration Sides With Sudan Against USS Cole Survivors In Lawsuit"
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 08, 2018 10:09AM
' The notice was sent by registered mail to the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, D.C., addressed to the nation's foreign minister and signed for by someone at the embassy.

Sudan contends that under U.S. law and international treaty, the notice should have been sent to the foreign ministry in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. That position is supported not just by the Trump administration, but also by Saudi Arabia, which faces similar lawsuits over the Sept. 11 attacks.

The argument is that to allow such notifications to be made at an embassy would breach the "inviolability" of embassies and consulates that is guaranteed under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The Trump administration argues as well that if Sudan and other countries can be served notice of lawsuits at embassies, the U.S. could suffer a similar fate at its embassies.

But lawyers for the Cole victims counter that the U.S. has a firm policy of never accepting such legal service at its embassies and that the U.S. has not had any difficulty enforcing that policy over a period of more than four decades. '



'On Wednesday, when the case was argued, a grim group of Cole survivors and relatives of the dead sat in the chamber.

Lorrie Triplett, the widow of Ensign Triplett, was shaking when she emerged. Tears poured down her face as she talked about her loss and that of her daughters. Even today, she said, she cannot believe "how drastic" the effect has been on her life. "Never got his body back," she said softly. "Never. Never seen him ever again."

The men who stood next to Triplett were angry. "Our own country, siding with the country that harbors terrorists," said David Matthew Morales, who was injured on the Cole. "It was very hurtful," he added, pulling a small piece of metal out of his pocket. It was from the hull of the Cole, and he carries it him everywhere.

"We came here for accountability, and we wouldn't expect our government to oppose its citizens receiving justice and holding those accountable for a terrorist attack," said Jamal Gunn, whose brother was killed on the Cole.

"Our country should stand behind their soldiers and sailors that's out there every day putting their life on the line for the country," said Rick Harrison, a firefighter and machinist injured on the Cole. '


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Re: "Trump Administration Sides With Sudan Against USS Cole Survivors In Lawsuit"
Posted by: samintx
Date: November 08, 2018 10:23AM
Can they take to the Supremes? What a smiley-talk034 outcome by our country. Does this come from The Master?
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Re: "Trump Administration Sides With Sudan Against USS Cole Survivors In Lawsuit"
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 08, 2018 10:32AM
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samintx
Does this come from The Master?

lol. He probably said, "Where the hell is Cartoon? Sounds made up to me. I have a tee-time, you handle it."
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Re: "Trump Administration Sides With Sudan Against USS Cole Survivors In Lawsuit"
Posted by: billb
Date: November 08, 2018 10:44AM
It will be interesting how the Supreme Court rules.
In which case the lawsuit starts over with the proper procedure.
meh.



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