Epic National Security Fail in the making

January 3, 2010

So, you barely avoided a devastating terror attack in the skies over Detroit and you learned the plan had a strong connection to Yemen and al Qaeda. An earlier terrorist attack that you didn’t avoid, the Ft. Hood Massacre, also had a strong connection to Yemen and al Qaeda. Yemen is widely regarded as a haven for Islamic terrorism, and the al Qaeda branch there is considered a rising star in that salafist organization. The Yemeni government, while claiming to be an ally, plays a double game and cooperates with al Qaeda. Yemenis released from Guantanamo have been known to rejoin the jihad in Yemen. Things have become so dangerous there that you and the British have closed your embassies.

So, what do you, President Barack Obama, do in the face of this and other evidence?

Why, what else but insist you will carry out your plans to close Gitmo and return even more Yemenis to Yemen?

Genius!

White House: No matter what, we’re sending Gitmo prisoners back to Yemen

As Susan notes below, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen — a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there.

On Fox News Sunday, top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration “absolutely” intends to keep sending Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen. The administration has sent seven detainees to the country, Brennan said, with six of those sent in December. “Several of those detainees were put into Yemeni custody right away,” Brennan said. He did not elaborate on how many is “several” or where the other Guantanamo inmates sent to Yemen might be today. But he said the U.S. has faith in Yemen to handle the situation. “We’ve had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they’re supposed to do when these detainees go back,” Brennan said.

You mean like all the other al Qaeda prisoners they’ve kept under lock and key, Mr. Brennan? Past performance does not inspire confidence, regardless of your reassurances.

It’s Smart Power the Hundred Acre Wood foreign policy in action.

LINKS: More from Fausta.

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Art therapy is a root cause of terrorism

December 28, 2009

First it’s finger paints, then it’s plastic explosives. When will the madness stop?

Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.

The real madness, of course, is in releasing committed jihadis who’ve been trained to fool their interrogators, believe deeply that they are fighting for Allah and will be rewarded in the afterlife for it (Qur’an 9:111), and understand the Islamic doctrine of taqiyyareligiously sanctioned lying.

Nope, instead we release them to Saudi Arabia, the country from which 15 of the 19 9-11 hijackers came from and the home of the bin Laden family, where they can be deprogrammed by Islamic scholars (who practice the same Salafist brand of Islam as bin Laden) and healed by drawing unicorns and making ceramic ashtrays. What could go wrong?

Well….

This is a rare case when “I blame George W. Bush” actually has some meaning, since it was under President Bush that this misbegotten idea was hatched. And here’s a chance for President Obama to genuinely fix something by ending this stupid “release terrorists back to terrorist-supporting countries” program and keeping them locked up in Guantanamo, world opinion be damned.

Oh, and don’t move them to Illinois, either.

(via Gabriel Malor)

RELATED: The Weekly Standard says the ABC report was a bit off. Legal Insurrection provides some legal context for the release program and points out that Justice Scalia was prophetic in his dissent to the Boumediene case. Fausta is shocked that art therapy doesn’t cure jihadism.


The real Gitmo

November 16, 2009

PJTV‘s Steven Crowder visits the dread, infamous prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s almost too horrible even to contemplate, but, be strong:

I wonder if they’re taking reservations?


A Jihadi lied??

October 1, 2009

When he was released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, al Qaeda terrorist refugee Fahd Saleh Suleiman al Jutayli swore that he would never return to jihad. As part of his reform, he was repatriated in 2006 to Saudi Arabia (the heartland of Islam and the jihad against the West) for reeducation.

After which he promptly got himself killed in Yemen… while waging jihad for al Qaeda.

A former Guantanamo detainee has reportedly been killed in a shootout between the Yemeni Army and Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The former detainee, Fahd Saleh Suleiman al Jutayli, was captured in Pakistan after fleeing the Tora Bora Mountains in 2001. He was repatriated to his native Saudi Arabia in May 2006.

According to the Yemen Post, two other former Gitmo detainees – Yusuf al Shehri and Othman al Ghamdi – called their families to tell them Jutayli had been killed in the fighting and asked them to inform Jutayli’s family.

Earlier this year, the Saudi government included all three of these former Guantanamo detainees – Jutayli, Shehri, and Ghamdi – on a list of the Kingdom’s 85 most wanted terrorists. After being released from Guantanamo, the three graduated from Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation program and joined eight other former Gitmo detainees in fleeing south to Yemen. All eleven joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The escape of the eleven former Gitmo detainees from Saudi Arabia was reportedly organized by still other Gitmo veterans. Writing in the May 2009 issue of the CTC Sentinel, Dr. Christopher Boucek, an associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that Saudi officials found their disappearance “was well-coordinated in advance.” Their escape “was allegedly coordinated with other non-Saudi former Guantanamo detainees who have been repatriated to other countries, indicating that returnees have maintained ties from Guantanamo,” Boucek reported.

(Emphases added)

His escape may not have been all that difficult to arrange: remember that Saudi Arabia is one of the ideological and financial fountainheads for the modern jihadist movement, and was the origin of 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers. Al Jutayli himself was called to jihad by an instructor at a Saudi university:

According to documents produced at Guantanamo, US intelligence officials found that Jutayli was recruited by the notorious Saudi Sheikh Ha Al Uqla to wage jihad in “Kashmir, Pakistan or Chechnya.” Jutayli “joined the Taliban after receiving a Fatwa from Sheik Ha Al Uqla at the Immam Muhammad Bin Saud College in Burayda, Saudi Arabia.”

Sheikh Uqla, “who issued fatwahs and encouraged people to fight jihad against Christians and Jews” and condoned the September 11 attacks, allegedly facilitated Jutayli’s trip to Afghanistan in 2001.

In Afghanistan, Jutayli trained with al Qaeda before being captured by US forces. As al Qaeda is a religious movement, his training surely included religious indoctrination in Salafist Islam. Part of this instruction surely included the doctrine of taqiyya, or permissible lying:

{A} problem concerning law and order {with respect to Muslims in dar al-harb} arises from an ancient Islamic legal principle — that of taqiyya, a word the root meaning of which is “to remain faithful” but which in effect means “dissimulation.” It has full Quranic authority (3:28 and 16:106) and allows the Muslim to conform outwardly to the requirements of unislamic or non-Islamic government, while inwardly “remaining faithful” to whatever he conceives to be proper Islam, while waiting for the tide to turn. (Hiskett,Some to Mecca Turn to Pray, 101.)

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 269; Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: The Prophet said, “War is deceit.”

(Emphasis added)

“Dar al-harb” means “House of War,” that is, that portion of the world not governed by Islam and under sharia law. The whole essay at the above link is worth reading.

But, back to the fruitcake psychopath honored martyr, Mr. Jutayli, what were the interrogators at Guantanamo (or those above them) thinking when they released him back to Saudi Arabia? Did they honestly think he had reformed or been deprogrammed, that he was telling the truth when he said he would not return to jihad? If so, they’re woefully ignorant or dismissive of Islamic doctrine and its hold over the jihadi. Or was this a case of cynicism in action: “He’s a minor player. Let the Saudis take care of him?” That would have meant ignoring both the role of Saudi Arabia itself in supporting jihad and the spiritual rejuvenation a committed Salafist would feel upon returning to the Land of the Two Holy Places – it would be a reward for his practice of taqiyya.

Al Jutayli’s case is just one of many concerning terrorists held at Guantanamo who return to jihad on their release, regardless of any promises they made or assurances they gave. They are soldiers in a holy war, fighting that war is their religious duty, and deceiving the enemy is a praiseworthy act of devotion. There may be reasons to release one or another detained jihadi, but don’t be surprised when they turn up again, rifle in hand.

LINKS: More from Fausta.


The euphemism administration

September 28, 2009

So now the detainees at Guantanamo Bay aren’t jihadis, they’re not terrorists, they’re not Islamists … they’re not even “detainees.”

No, they’re refugees. I’m not kidding.

Then again, what else would you expect from an administration that refers to a war as an “overseas contingency operation?”

What’s a good euphemism for “losers?” Loser