Those voicing opposition to Guantanamo Bay should be required to figure out what the alternative is.
Barack Obama campaigned to close Gitmo before he was even President, and thank God he didn’t come through on that campaign promise. That isn’t to say that he hasn’t been a disaster on the issue. Among those he’s released from Gitmo include Osama Bin Ladin’s body guard – and by some estimates, nearly 200 released Gitmo detainees have returned to the battlefield. Did he really think that those devoted to Jihad would go on to live completely normal lives if only they were released from prison?
Here’s the latest genius idea Obama had: “supervised freedom.” Basically, it’s like house arrest…. for terrorists. What could possibly go wrong? A lot.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee released in South America has been misplaced, and a Brazilian airline has issued an alert asking its employees to be on the lookout for him.
Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who was released in Uruguay in December 2014 after twelve years spent in detention, has vanished after purportedly entering Brazil. Uruguayan authorities claim he was authorized to visit the country as a refugee, but Brazil has no record of his arrival.
According to a report by the Argentinian publication “Infobae,” Avianca Airlines issued an internal alert notifying its employees that the 44-year-old Syrian may be using a passport under a fake name. The airline has refused to provide further comment.
Dhiab, also known as Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, was one of the first detainees cleared for release by the Obama administration, but it took five years for the White House to find a country willing to take him.
The fact alone that it took five years to find a country to house this man should’ve been a bit of a red flag, no?
Uruguay finally offered to take Dhiab and five other detainees, with then-President José Mujica declaring his kinship to them, based on his own detention for political reasons. At the time, Mujica rebuked the US for using Gitmo detainees like Diyab as political pawns and demanded the release of more detainees. Too bad Mujica’s not around to explain Dhiab’s sudden departure from his kinship.
At the time of his release, the DoD assessed Dhiab as a “high risk” detainee and recommended continued detention rather than release, “as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies.” He had links to several al-Qaeda figures, and at least one of his aliases was connected directly to assistance provided to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi while the latter was fighting for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Zarqawi would later found the terror group that eventually morphed into ISIS.
The simplest solution? Give our Jihadist prisoners the same treatment they would give their American captives.
H/T Hot Air
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