Yemen+Gitmo = Angry Shahid
Times of London, 5 Jan 10: At least a dozen former Guantánamo Bay inmates have rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times has learnt, amid growing concern over the ability of the country’s Government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention centre.
The Obama Administration promised to close the Guantánamo facility by January 22, a deadline that it will be unable to meet. The 91 Yemeni prisoners in Guantánamo make up the largest national contingent among the 198 being held.
Six prisoners were returned to Yemen last month. After the Christmas Day bomb plot in Detroit, US officials are increasingly concerned that the country is becoming a hot-bed of terrorism. Eleven of the former inmates known to have rejoined al-Qaeda in Yemen were born in Saudi Arabia. The organisation merged its Saudi and Yemeni offshoots last year. . . .
Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t is basically the predicament for POTUS. Honestly, W drug all these guys in on potentially flimsy evidence (if any at all) and could indeed have made them jihadists while they were in their 9×9 cells at Gitmo.
On the other hand, because there was no evidence, and now POTUS is releasing them because of that fact in being “legal” in his approaches to all of this, he potentially has released guys who are and were bad in the first place. All the while making them want to become a shahid or make more of them to get on planes like Omar.
It’s really a no win situation…