‘Devil’s Pact:’ Freed al Qaeda Was Proposed As Part Of A Swap For Jailed Americans – Orchestrated By White House
Despite what happened in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and repeated questions about the White House position on “No negotiations with terrorists,” the left-of-center, but well connected (to Democrats and White House) website, The Daily Beast, is reporting this morning that the White House did just that. James Harris and James Kirchik write this morning (Jan. 26, 2015), that “Am American couple’s freedom may have come at a steep price: the release of a terrorist [here in the U.S.], from a Supermax prison.”
“Before he was released from a Supermax prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would [reportedly] have freed two Americans jailed abroad,” the publication notes. The Daily Beast writes that “the original proposal was floated in July 2014, to the then-U.S. Ambassador to Qatar — by an individual acting on behalf of that country’s Attorney General. According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, [according to the Daily Beast], “the proposal was made shortly after the Obama Administration traded five Taliban fighters for Army Sgt. Bowe Berdahl. Those fighters were also sent to Qatar, where they are to remain ‘under government watch,’ until later this year. U.S. officials and others, have said these individuals are at risk of plotting further attacks against the United States,” as these guys — if they stay ‘in the fight’ — become jihadi rock stars, and a recruiting magnet.
Again, according to The Daily Beast, “the proposed swap involving al Qaeda agent, Ali Saleh Al-Marri, raises troubling questions about whether the Bergdahl trade opened a kind of Pandora’s box — signaling to foreign governments that they can pressure the U.S. to make concessions on terrorism — by trading American prisoners abroad for dangerous extremists held in the United States.”
“I believe we must examine the Administration’s decision in the case of Al Marri; and, determine if his release is connected to negotiations of any kind,” said Duncan Hunter, a frequent critic of the Obama Administration’s hostage negotiations, wrote Thursday in a letter (obtained by the Daily Beast) to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R.-TX), the House Armed Services Committee Chairman.
After Bergdahl, the opening to Cuba (which I happen to agree with) without Congressional interaction is part of a long pattern by POTUS Obama and his White House team to cut Congress out of the loop when it suits their interests; but, complain and pout when something the Congress does — such as invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in March — that they do not approve of. After Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the Bergdahl swap and on and on, this Administration has no trust factor; and, they are likely to never get it back, until after we get a new POTUS. V/R, RCP