Where do all those detainees at Guantanamo Bay go after they are released from custody?
Some may be frolicking in the sun and fun of Bermuda where they've been relocated. But some apparently are opting for the thrill of going to Afghanistan where they take up arms against U.S. troops.
In at least one case, a former detainee not only was returned to Afghanistan, but he's also leading the fight against his former captors.
His name is Mullah Zakir - and he is a commander of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Fox News is reporting that Zakir, aka Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, was captured and released to return to the fight again.
Of course, we don't want innocent people being held by the United States in detention. But we don't want terrorists released to kill American troops either.
Something, clearly, is wrong with this picture. Don't we know who we are incarcerating? It seems that some of the wrong people are being hauled into custody. And some of the wrong people are being released.
I know mistakes are made. I've covered stories where innocent people have been arrested by police and sometimes wrongly convicted in a court of law. I've also seen people who, in my mind, were clearly guilty, acquitted by a jury. Can anyone say OJ?
But this is especially serious stuff. We're talking about identifying and stopping terrorists.
According to media reports, Zakir surrendered and was detained at Gitmo but was later turned over to Afghan custody. About a year the Afghans released him and he reconnected with the Taliban.
The next time our guys find Zakir I suggest that instead of capturing him - they ought to kill him. Because if they don't - they have no guarantee he won't be freed once more to come after them again.