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Hill Piece by Thomas Wheatley, GMU

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.