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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1 comment:

T.D. Tourney said...

I watched an article this morning in regards to a "different" Taliban and Al Qaeda operating in and around the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our military soldiers have observed many of these insurgents possessing bullet resistant vests (Flak) and Kevlar Helmets. These insurgents are no longer the native Afghan freedom fighters of the past.

With Iraq idling down, I believe that the insurgents will obviously focus there complete attentions back to Afghanistan. Guantanamo Detainee's that have been released in the past have in fact literally jumped right back into the fight in the middle east. This is due to piss poor investigative case reports on the detainee's. Sufficient documentation of detainee's and their actions to lead them to detainment obviously is not up to speed if Federal Court Judges have released the individuals because of groundless or insufficient evidence to continue the detainment's. I don't disagree with the detainment of these terrorists but proper documentation has to be obtained and accurate and concise case files need to be developed to insure they never see the light of day.