Friday, June 12, 2009
Military Objections To Gitmo Prisoner Releases
The Washington Times is reporting today that the military objects to the release of some Guantanamo Bay detainees because it is convinced that they will return to the battlefield once freed. But the paper says that the Defense Intelligence Agency did not voice its concerns with the administration because it believes the decision had already been made.
This objection underscores the gamble President Obama is making by trying to close Guantanamo Bay. On the one hand, he recognizes that it has become a symbol of perceived American repression of Muslims and is a focal point of terrorist organization recruitment. Closing Gitmo, the administration believes, takes away from the al Qaeda's of the world a valuable recruiting tool.
On the other hand, should any of the released detainees participate in a major terrorist attack it could sully the administration or worse.
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