Despite the fact that we have a competition between al Qaeda and the Islamic State over which group should be the ‘alpha-male’ of global jihad — POTUS Obama released 5 more GTMO detainees overnight — three of them from Yemen. This is a dangerous and ill-conceived notion, that if we just play nice and close GTMO all will be forgiven and they won’t hate us as much. Indeed, this is likely to have the opposite effect. It is more than likely to be seen as a sign of weakness.
The men were arrested in Pakistan following the 9/11 terrorist attack; and, one of them was said to be a close confidant to Osama bin Laden.
Yes, GTMO is an eyesore to some — maybe even many. But, the terrorist attacks on the Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983, the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam, the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001, and the attack on the USS Cole — ALL OCCURRED BEFORE THERE WAS A GTMO.
In the absence of a better solution, and in the midst of a heightened terrorist threat against the U.S. and the West — this is a very disturbing and ill-conceived move — unless there is additional info that I am not aware of. RCP. Fortunascorner.wordpress.com
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Detainee Transfer Announced
01/14/2015 09:10 PM CST
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-015-15
January 14, 2015
Detainee Transfer Announced
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati, and Mohammed Ahmed Salam from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Oman.
As directed by the president’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.
In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States’ intent to transfer these individuals and of his determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Oman to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.
Today, 122 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
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