Thursday, June 11, 2009
Bermuda - The Official Tropical Retirement Spot For Terrorists
Terrorist's retirement island
Tropical Bermuda has become the involuntary country of choice for terrorists forced into retirement.
Well, maybe not exactly. But sort of.
As the Obama administration moves toward closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the question of where to put the detainees is high on the to-do list.
Some (one so far) will be sent to the United States for prosecution. But others, for one reason or another, will not.
Do you send them, say, back into Afghanistan to renew their terrorist activities against U.S. troops. Hardly. As the first President Bush might say, "that wouldn't be prudent."
Riding to the rescued, at least to help relocate four Chinese nationals who have been guests of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, comes Bermuda.Bush administration determined that they would no longer be treated as enemy combatants.
The four were ordered released by a court after the second Bush administration decided that they would no longer be treated as enemy combatants. A decision seconded by the Obama administration.
The four are Uighurs - a Turkic Muslim minority from the Xinjiang province of far-west China.They, and other Uighurs, were captured in Pakistan after they left China for Afghanistan and settled in a camp with other Uighurs opposed to the Chinese government. After the United States bombed the camp they fled to Pakistan where they were caught.
The government believes that, although they had travelled to Afghanistan, they were not there to attack U.S. troops.
The last time any Uighurs at Gitmo were resettled was in 2006 when five were sent to Albania. The government says there are no reports of those five re-engaging in any criminal or terrorist activities.
Since 2002, more than 540 Gitmo detainees have been sent to 32 different countries.