Dangerous Jihadists or In-the-Wrong-Place-at-the-Wrong-Time: Who Are These Detainees in Gitmo?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Obama and his supporters have painted a sympathetic picture of the former administration’s actions at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. They would have us believe that the almost 250 detainees there were merely minding their own business walking around Iraq and Afghanistan when the big mean Bush soldiers ambushed them, tore them from the arms of their wives and children, took them to a hell-hole and tortured them for years on end.

A report from the liberal Bookings Institution in the National Defense Examiner, however, shows the truth about these terrorist detainees to be quite different:

The report finds that the government alleges the following about the remaining 248 inmates; "81 detainees traveled to Afghanistan for jihad, 130 stayed in Al Qaeda, Taliban, or other guest- or safehouses, 169 detainees took military or terrorist training in Afghanistan, 84 actually fought for the Taliban, many of them on the front lines against the Northern Alliance, 88 were at Tora Bora, 71 detainees’ names or aliases were found on computers, hard drives, physical lists of Al Qaeda operatives, or other material seized in raids on Al Qaeda safehouses and facilities. 64 detainees were captured under circumstances-military surrenders, live combat actions, traveling in a large pack of Mujahideen, or in the company of senior Al Qaeda figures, for example—tat strongly suggest belligerency and 28 detainees served on Osama Bin Laden’s security detail."

It should be noted that bin Laden’s body guards are chosen for their fierce loyalty to bin Laden and their brutality.

(Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-701-National-Defense-Examiner~72009m1d14-Brookings-study-shows-Gitmo-inmates-are-threat)

Recent admissions from Ramzi Binalshibh and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed also showed their determination to hurt Americans:

“We did what we did; we’re proud of Sept. 11[….]We don’t care about capital punishment. We are doing the jihad [killing all non-muslims] for the cause of God.”

(Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,480744,00.html)

1 comments:

Euripides said...

I say, leave 'em there and torture them with more Christine Aguilera. Or maybe Obama can find nice rooms for them at the White House?

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