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Reports Show Danger of Releasing Gitmo Terrorists As Obama Frees 5

Reports Show Danger of Releasing Gitmo Terrorists As Obama Frees 5

JUNE 06, 2014

Days after President Obama released five of the world’s most dangerous terrorists from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, two alarming reports—one from a mainstream newspaper and the other from a prominent research group—provide distressing information that confirms it was a really bad idea.

The president blew off Congress and freed five high-ranking Taliban leaders held at the U.S. Naval base in southeastern Cuba in exchange for the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. The secret plot shocked the world and U.S. lawmakers because every American president, including Obama, has vowed never to negotiate with terrorists. Additionally, Congress must be alerted 30 days in advance whenever a captive is released from Gitmo.

Here’s a little background on the freed terrorists from a U.S. Senator who wants the Senate Armed Services Committee to conduct a hearing. “The five terrorists released were the hardest of the hard-core,” Senator Lindsey Graham tells the committee chairman in a letter requesting the hearing. “They held positions of great importance within the hard-core anti-American Taliban, including the Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. They have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight. In effect, we released the “Taliban Dream Team.” The United States is less safe because of these actions.”

The Five Taliban leaders are expected to relocate in Afghanistan, a hotbed of terrorism and anti-American sentiment. In fact, there is a growing terrorist threat to the United States from a rising number of jihadist groups overseas, according to a ghastly study published by the RAND Corporation this week. Afghanistan is one of them, the study reveals. Since 2010, there has been a 58 percent increase in the number of jihadist groups, a doubling of jihadist fighters and a tripling of attacks by Al Qaeda affiliates. The most significant threat to the United States, the report concludes, comes from terrorist groups operating in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistanand Pakistan.

Surely, they’ll be thrilled to have five more experienced jihadists on their roster. Even President Obama admits that releasing these extremists could put Americans in danger, according to news reports. “Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” the commander-in-chief told a news conference in Warsaw this week. He proceeded to admit that this has been true of all the prisoners that were released from Gitmo. “There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place.” Indeed, a Taliban commander in Afghanistan, Mullah Salem Khan, confirmed that his recently freed comrades are already bracing for battle.

Recidivism among terrorists is old news. In fact, Judicial Watch, which has traveled to Gitmo multiple times to monitor the terrorists’ Military Commission proceedings, has reported this for years. The Pentagon and various intelligence agencies have documented that many Gitmo captives rejoin terrorist missions after leaving the military compound. In a report to Congress a few years ago, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) revealed that of 598 detainees released up to that point, 150 were confirmed or suspected of “reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.”

In fact, a one-time Gitmo captive became an Al Qaeda chief who masterminded a U.S. Embassy bombing after getting released, according to a mainstream newspaper. His name is Said Ali al-Shihri and after leaving Gitmo he became an Al Qaeda deputy chief in Yemen and he organized a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital. The former captive was also involved in car bombings outside the American Embassy that killed 16 people. That was about five years ago and the recidivism among former Gitmo captives is still in full force today.

That brings us to the mainstream newspaper story mentioned earlier in this piece. It focuses on three hardened Moroccan militants released from Gitmo to the Moroccan government under the assumption that they wouldn’t commit terrorist acts. Instead they wound up leading one of the most violent Islamist groups fighting in Syria’s civil war. This is hardly an isolated case. The article cites recent DNI figures that confirm 29% of 614 detainees released from Gitmo have returned to violence.

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  • mo

    Obama has become the biggest threat of terrorism America faces.

  • WebWhip

    I think you are conveniently not addressing the fact that Sunni and Shiite Muslims hate each other probably because you are unaware of it or completely misinformed. I have seen it. Who do you think is blowing up Mosques in the middle east and Arabia? Not us. The re-appearance of these particular miscreants will eventually only serve to inflame that schism. While of course they may still be zealous, though not as much as they were probably, their usefulness is limited much like POWs deemed “heroes” brought back from war and delegated to help raise funds and convince enlistment. However, in this case I think those functions are mostly redundant. As I say, their specific personal organizations have either been eliminated or passed them by. I think you’re caught up in the hyperbole and rhetoric about how dangerous and vital these fellows actually are. If a day comes when all these splinter and offshoot groups actually come together, which I seriously doubt, then we may be in trouble. I haven’t seen any indication of a rising Mahdi off on the horizon. As for the one they had, well, we blew his head off a while back and he wasn’t that much anyway.

  • SWohio

    How angry at the US will those people be after being jailed for several years? They are all once again engaged in HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL fundraising, so that should give you an idea of how well they got up to speed.

    Really, are you so naive you think that terrorism is like data processing – so many advances are made in such a short period of time that it is hard to get up to speed if you are out of the field very long? Sorry, Whip, terrorism does not compare in any way to Data Processing, to IT, to anything except terrorism, and aside from the terrorists getting better and better and hating the West more and more, there isn’t anything for these released crazies to relearn. Hate is hate, and that’s what terrorism is.

    People don’t ‘recover’ from being a terrorist. If you think that incarcerating them for 5 years will slow them down, you probably think that ten years’ incarceration will cure them.

    You are wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • duckman949

    I think the problem with this exchange has nothing to do with who was freed or if they are a danger to America. The danger to America lies in the president acting once again above the law. Anyone who believes they can go full speed ahead with their own agenda with no regard to the rule of law is a threat to of us. This Government was set up to prevent anyone branch from becoming to almighty by having laws to be followed by each branch. Unless you all believe we should have a dictator run the country. There are plenty of countries in this world that have a dictator. If you like that kind of mindless existence then move to one of them. America is a Constitutional Republic. If this system of government doesn’t work for you then leave.

  • WebWhip

    Right. Everybody goes home, dead or alive, whenever humanly possible, everybody goes home.

  • WebWhip

    I think we’re looking at this with blinders on. How effective would you be in your present position, whatever that may be, after 13 years in a cage, if at all? How long might it take for you to get up to speed after that length of time, if at all? As well, what do you think is going to happen when these guys ask for their old positions, or an equivalent job, back? Do you think the Young Turks who have replaced them over the years will just step aside considering these old timers have been out of the loop so absolutely completely for so long? Beside that, all these guys were rabid anti-Shiites, all of them, at least three of them responsible for the death of thousands of Shiite Muslims. Do you think their religious prejudices have changed even though that is all they had in their prison cells? What do you think that’s going to do to the already disintegrating relationship between Sunni and Shiite? Disintegration which, by the way has been steadily on the rise. They may wind up causing more trouble for the Taliban than they are worth. I think in an effort to criticize the President and his crew at any cost, outfits like Fox news and One America have actually stopped thinking critically and listening to them is leading to a rash of hysterical stupidity for too many. Learn about your enemy on your own and start thinking for yourself. Don’t become the acolytes of selfish political hacks. This whole exchange may wind up being a counter-insurgency experts dream scenario.

  • http://henrylmencken.com/ Henry L. Mencken

    I hope the day never comes when the American president is too afraid of a handful of criminals to rescue a member of the armed forces of the United States, regardless of what that soldier is suspected of having done. More to the real point behind your message: if you would pay more attention to reality, you would know that Obama can’t run for reelection, so you are wasting lots of electrons posting this nonsense.

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