Prominent al Qaeda Terrorist Escapes Yemeni Prison

Good work, Yemen:

Interpol has issued “an urgent global security alert” after 23 “dangerous individuals” — including a man identified as the mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 — escaped from a Yemeni prison.
The international crime-fighting organization said Sunday at least 13 of the 23 who escaped Friday were “convicted al Qaeda terrorists, some of whom were involved in attacks on U.S. and French ships in 2000 and 2002.” …
They escaped via a 140-meter (150-yard) -long tunnel “dug by the prisoners and co-conspirators outside,” Interpol said…
Among the escapees was Jamal Ahmed Badawi, considered the mastermind behind the attack on the USS Cole on October 12, 2000.

Sounds like the authorities in Yemen have never seen The Great Escape

Here’s more information on Jamal al Badawi, if you’re interested.



February 6, 2006
2:08 pm

Has anyone seen the movie The War Within? I’ve got to tell you the film totally opened my eyes about how the mistreatment of those suspected of terrorist activities can actually turn them into what we fear most—terrorists. It is a point of view rarely seen in the west.

Jason Lefkowitz

February 6, 2006
3:51 pm

Kris, I haven’t seen that movie, but you might like this essay that makes the same point:


February 7, 2006
11:44 am

See – the reason they didn’t notice is that all of the prisoners lined up outside the barracks and sang nice choral works. It was just so lovely, the guards couldn’t help themselves.