Obama has heard our plea and acted. And, in view of the ridicule heaped on our former president who called the people held there “the worst of the worst”, this should be reassuring. “Freed from Guantanamo, accused terrorist renounces violence and spends time crocheting booties for Mother Theresa’s orphans.”
Oops! Wrong story. Here’s what I was looking for: “Freed by U.S., terrorist now is head of Al Qaeda in Yeman.”
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.
His status was announced in an Internet statement by the militant group and was confirmed by an American counterterrorism official.
Now that’s change I can believe in.