Friday, January 23, 2009

Some Gitmo detainees should not be freed

At least two former Guantanamo Bay detainees ended up murdering Iraqis after they were released. Today we learn that another former detainee, freed in 2007, has become the deputy leader of Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch. Thanks Molly for posting the link to the story below.

Freed by the U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief

Published: January 22, 2009

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.


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