Hill Piece by Thomas Wheatley, GMU
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Date Created:October 23, 2017
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Trump, honor Obama agreement release Guantanamo detainee THOMAS WHEATLEY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR 10/04/17 01:45 EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW THE HILL Getty President Donald Trump interested bringing swift justice captured Qaeda leaders, can start releasing single detainee from Guantanamo Bay. More precisely, Trump should honor the pretrial agreement struck between prosecutors and Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza Darbi, admitted member Qaeda and Guantanamo Bay detainee who has pled guilty slew terrorism-related offenses committed around the turn the millennium. Originally captured 2002 Azerbaijan, Darbi offered his guilty plea and cooperation with the United States government exchange for sentence not exceed years, part which may satisfied his participation reintegration program for repatriated detainees run the Riyadh-based Prince Mohammed bin Naif Counseling and Care Center. That agreement, however, was made the Obama years. Although prosecutors remain optimistic Defense Secretary James Mattis will honor the deal, uncertain whether President Trump board. January, thenPresident-elect Trump tweeted There should further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not allowed back onto the battlefield. When comes Darbi case, however, the president should reconsider his position. While Darbi deserves every second the multiple life sentences would normally receive for such heinous crimes, there much more stake. First, there the value the carrot over the stick. For most detainees Guantanamo Bay, the prospect one day returning home, seeing their families, and freely roaming the earth nearly irresistible. Prosecutors can and should exploit this longing for home, and Darbi case, securing the Saudi national cooperation proved exceptionally fruitful. Over the span few weeks, Darbi provided critically inculpating testimony against two senior Qaeda leaders: Abd al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Abdu Al-Nashiri, mastermind the 2000 attack the USS Cole that killed U.S. sailors, and Abd Hadi al-Iraqi, commander Qaeda fighters Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2002 and 2004, and senior advisor Osama bin Laden. his courtroom deposition against Hadi, which personally observed behalf Judicial Watch and the National Security Institute, Darbi positively identified the defendant the culprit, dealing forceful blow the defense argument mistaken identity. Trump reneges the pretrial agreement satisfy his base, however, doing may foreclose future opportunities gain similarly incriminating testimony from other detainees. Once prosecutors credibility tarnished, detainees will have very little incentive cooperate, protracting even further what has become nearly two-decade administration justice. Second, there also the issue U.S. credibility abroad. Part Darbi pretrial agreement relied the Saudi Arabian government acquiescence its terms. The United States and the Kingdom Saudi Arabia currently have amicable relationship due part the latter willingness accept and rehabilitate Islamic extremists. course reversal the Trump administration would signal unreliability and possibly lead the Saudi Arabian government hesitate before engaging future repatriation talks, which could turn hinder deradicalization efforts. According special report the University for Peace, having predominantly-Muslim nation partner crucial preventing recidivism. understand why the Kingdom (deradicalization) program has worked date understand Saudi society, observed Saudi-based journalist Rob Wagner. Saudis live their lives according principles the Koran, which not only serves the spiritual needs Muslims but also looked upon behavioral guide. For more retributively-minded Americans, doubt the thought Darbi escaping the imprisonment deserves will difficult stomach. worth remembering, however, that although the U.S. may relinquishing custody admitted Islamic extremist, the piper may still come collect Darbi years terrorizing the West. Ahmed Darbi has offered critically inculpating evidence against former senior Qaeda leaders and personal friends Osama bin Laden; perhaps wishful thinking believe one the world most resourceful and vicious terror syndicates would not have interest making example Darbi betrayal. Whether one considers such retaliation derogation the rule law the exemplar poetic justice, both, Qaeda exacting revenge Darbi distinct possibility. Questions fairness aside, there strategic advantage honoring Darbi pretrial agreement. President Trump should seize it. Thomas Wheatley officer the United States Army and NGO observer for Judicial Watch and the National Security Institute the Antonin Scalia Law School. holds J.D. with honors from George Mason University. All views expressed herein are his own.