Free the Gitmo 200!

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.

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4 responses to “Free the Gitmo 200!

  1. anon

    who said anything about freeing anyone?

    Closting GITMO is not the same as letting everyone go home.. i am not in a position to make decisions, but I am under the impression these bad guys will stand trial or be droppped off back where they came from.

    besides this bad guy got released under 43’s watch.

    I do agree with the NYT article though. we must proceed with caution and there are pitfalls. don’t you think BHO is smart enough to know that?

    • christopherfountain

      You’ll never convict these guys under the Federal Rules of Evidence. That will be considered reason to release them, to many but to me, it simply provides a strong argument for executing them in the field.

  2. anon

    are military tribunals bound to the FRE?

  3. Al Kida

    Thank you, Mr. Obama. My friends have been complaining about the food at Gitmo.

    The steak is tough, and the lobster is Florida, not Maine. Please, such torture.

    Send my boys back soon.