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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Gitmo "catch and release"

Michelle Malkin has a "must-read" piece this morning about the detainees from Guantanamo Bay that have been caught, then later released. Here is a report from The Age that gives some concerning details:

AT LEAST 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have been killed or recaptured after taking up arms against allied forces following their release.

They have been discovered mostly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but not in Iraq, a US Defence Department spokesman told The Age yesterday.

Commander Jeffrey Gordon said the detainees had, while in custody, falsely claimed to be farmers, truck drivers, cooks, small-arms merchants, low-level combatants or had offered other false explanations for being in Afghanistan.

"We are aware of dozens of cases where they have returned to militant activities, participated in anti-US propaganda or engaged in other activities," said Commander Gordon.

His comments follow the death this week of Taliban commander and former detainee Abdullah Mehsud, who reportedly blew himself up rather than surrender to Pakistani forces. In December 2001, Mehsud was captured in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay until his release in March 2004. He later became the Taliban chief for South Waziristan.

"These former detainees successfully lied to US officials, sometimes for over three years," he said. "Common cover stories include going to Afghanistan to buy medicines, to teach the Koran or to find a wife. Many of these stories appear so often, and are subsequently proven false, that we can only conclude that they are part of their terrorist training."

An analysis of 516 Guantanamo detainees found that while there was no evidence linking six of them to terrorist activities, 95 per cent were a potential threat to US interests. This was based on their affiliations with groups such as al-Qaeda, their enthusiasm for violent jihad, their having undertaken small-arms training or having been willing to perform a support role for terrorism.

But only one in three could be definitely identified as a fighter for the Taliban, al-Qaeda or associated groups, according to the analysis by the Combating Terrorism Centre based at the West Point Military Academy.

Most were considered a greater than potential risk due to support they had shown the Islamist cause by fighting for Islamist forces or by undertaking advanced military training, including bomb-making.

We knew this would happen. As a matter of fact, our military warned us it was likely that once freed, many of these people would return to the battlefield. Call it a hunch, or instinct, or what have you, but they knew it then, and the recent stories about former "Gitmo" detainees rediscovered on the battlefield simply confirms it. I've scanned the CTC report she cites and it's very interesting. (The pdf is here and it is a small report; only thirty-nine pages.) The most interesting fact gleaned from the report is what Michelle cites in her post, namely the breakdown of 291 detainees examined by the investigators:

• 56 individuals admitted to fighting the U.S. or Coalition forces.

• 104 individuals were found to have manned the front lines.

• 9 individuals were found to have participated in a bombing operation, improvised explosives device (IED) attack or other explosives-involved operation.

• 98 individuals were found to have directly participated in, or supported the planning or plotting of, a combat operation.

• 3 individuals were found to have purchased weapons for the furtherance of committing hostile acts.

• 21 individuals were found to have engaged in ‘other’ hostile activities

In addition to that there is also a breakdown of the detainees based on national origin. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Yemen, and yes Saudi Arabia! "Our friends the Saudis." One hundred twelve have come from Saudi Arabia, while 102 come from Yemen, and 124 have hailed from Afghanistan. More interesting? Twenty-two come from China, which is the largest amount of jihadis caught and detained from a non-Muslim country, or a country not even near the Middle East.

The stories the jihadis tell are the same. The lies still keep getting peddled, and in the end these people go back to what they were doing when they were caught. They go back to the fields of battle, and attack US, NATO, and other Coalition forces. They're bombing us, blowing themselves up, and carrying on their jihad. A stay at the "Gitmo" detention facility is literally, as Rush parodies -- "An escape from the pressures and rigors of jihad." It's a vacation for them where they get their three, religiously-conscious meals, their prayer rugs, their delicately-handled Q'urans, their walks in the excercise yard, and their prayer times announced daily. It is like living the life of a shiekh. And if you were a jihadi, you'd enjoy it too.

But the Democrats seem to think that these people are telling the truth when they say they were captured by mistake, or they were merely farmers over there. They also believe the jihadis when they say they were abused and tortured at "Gitmo." It is diddficult to determine whether or not the Democrats are truly this foolish and naive, but as long as they keep pressing for the detainees' release, and the closure of the ONLY place these people can be held, we know they are not, and never have been, serious about winning this war.

Sabrina McKinney


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