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9/11 Mastermind To Be Freed From Guantanamo

9/11 Mastermind To Be Freed From Guantanamo

MARCH 23, 2010

A federal judge has ordered the Al Qaeda operative who recruited most of the 9/11 terrorists to be released from Guantanamo Bay prison though he is considered a “high value detainee” by the U.S.

The perplexing decision has been classified so there is no explanation why U.S. District Judge James Robertson granted the habeas corpus petition of Mohamedou Slahi, an Osama bin Laden confidant who is considered among the worst terrorists held at the military prison since the nation was brutally attacked nearly a decade ago.  
It marks the 34th time that a U.S. judge frees a Guantanamo terrorist since the Supreme Court ruled that detainees could challenge their incarceration in federal court. Slahi arrived at the military compound in 2002 and claims he was tortured, threatened with death, sleep deprived and moved around the base blindfolded. 

Slahi’s terrorist activities are extensive and detailed in the 9/11 Commission report, which explains how he recruited four of the September 2001 conspirators from the renowned Hamburg Germany cell. They include Mohammed Atta, Marwan al Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah, the suicide pilots of American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, and United Airlines Flight 93.

The judge who freed him is a Bill Clinton appointee, who in 2004 ruled military commissions unconstitutional in the case of bin Laden’s driver, Salim Hamdan. Hamdan was later convicted of supporting a terrorist organization before a military commission that was eventually established. He was released after serving an additional five months and is now free in Yemen.

Earlier this year a separate Clinton-appointed federal judge (Ricardo Urbina), already famous for liberating more than a dozen Guantanamo Muslim terrorists in 2008, released an admitted Al Qaeda operative (Saeed Mohammed Saleh Hatim) because the jihadist’s confessions were tainted by torture. Hatim trained at the al-Farouq terrorist camp in in Afghanistan, stayed in Al-Qaeda safe houses and fought against U.S. and coalition forces at the Battle of Tora Bora.  

Dozens of the freed Guantanamo prisoners have rejoined Al Qaeda and targeted Americans around the world after attending laughable “terrorist rehabilitation” programs in Middle Eastern countries. Among them is a deputy Al Qaeda leader (Said Ali al-Shihri) in Yemen who organized a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in that country’s capital last year. The renowned Al Qaeda boss was also involved in car bombings outside the American Embassy that killed at least 16 people.  

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