Video: Why are we releasing terrorists?

posted at 8:02 am on February 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama approved the release of Binyam Mohamed from the detention center to Guantanamo Bay to Britain, where he was set free. Military Families United criticizes the decision in a new advertisement, demanding that Obama keep Gitmo open and stop releasing terrorists still classified as dangerous:

Military Families United released a national advertisement in response to the breaking news that Binyam Mohamed, an ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ was released from Guantanamo Bay and freed in England. This is an unprecedented release because it is the first time that a GITMO detainee, who is classified as an “Unlawful Enemy Combatant” has been released – meaning that he still poses a threat to our national security and the security of our allies. All of the previous released GITMO detainees were declassified and determined to no longer be of intelligence value or pose a threat to our country.

“Military Families United has issued this ad to bring attention to the dangerous decision the White House has made in releasing Binyam Mohamed, a known member of al-Qaeda and alleged collaborator with the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed. Under the dark of night the Administration chartered a plane from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Britain to release this known terrorist as a free man. Actions speak louder than words in the War on Terror, and releasing dangerous terrorists as free men isn’t a way to keep America safe and secure,” said MFU’s Executive Director Brian Wise.

The Telegraph reports on Mohamed’s release from the British perspective:

Mr Mohamed, an Ethiopian refugee who worked as a caretaker at a mosque in West London, claims he travelled to Afghanistan in June 2001 in order to kick his drug habit but he was arrested in Karachi, Pakistan in April 2002 using a false passport to fly to London.

He was interrogated in Pakistan and was then flown to Morocco where he claims he was detained and tortured for two years.

He re-surfaced at the US detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan in May 2004 and was then transferred to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where he confessed to attending lectures by Osama bin Laden and being sent to the US to carry out a “dirty bomb” attack on high rise apartment buildings.

He claims he confessed as a result of the torture and the charges against him were dropped in October last year.

If the charges were dropped in October and never reinstated, that sounds as if the US has dropped his classification as an unlawful enemy combatant. If so, they would have had to release him eventually. The British did free him, but according to the Telegraph, after booking him for trial on charges relating to his detention. At least for now, they plan to try Mohamed for terrorism.

Mohamed’s claims of torture in Pakistan and Morocco have been upheld in the British High Court, too. They ruled that MI-5, the British intelligence service, colluded in that torture, which will make for an interesting trial. The confessions given in Pakistan and Morocco will likely get thrown out. Mohamed also claims that he was tortured at Gitmo into his confession about his role in the “dirty bomb” plot, and we’ll have to see what his lawyers do with that — assuming he doesn’t flee back to Ethiopia or Pakistan.

This is really a separate issue from closing Gitmo, as Mohamed would have gotten extradited in any case after having the charges dropped by the Bush administration. MFU has a petition on the site (at the first link) to demand that Gitmo stay in operation.


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I’m with Krauthammer on this one – why did this guy go to the opium capital of the world to kick a drug habit?

Hmmmmm?

paustin110 on February 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Simpletons! The great Obama is using the underpant gnome strategy on counterterrorism.

Step One: Release terrorists.
Step Two: ?
Step Three: End of terrorism. Peace on Earth.

ignorantapathy on February 24, 2009 at 8:13 AM

I believe that Obama is going to stimulate two segments of our economy by these actions..

EMS and body bag manufactures.

RobertInLexington on February 24, 2009 at 8:14 AM

If our President continues to release these folks, one would (at least) hope they are tracked for a few years to see where they end up in the “terrorist food chain”.

Rovin on February 24, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Great. So, the terrorists just have to keep quiet until interrogation starts. Since torture has been re-defined to include not having a mint placed on one’s pillow after the bed is turned down, they can claim anything they said was because of “torture”.

I’m not saying he wasn’t tortured in Morocco and Pakistan, but this will carry over to Gitmo and US military detention centers, where they can claim torture just from having their wifi connection temporarily disabled, or having their remote control taken away for the TV.

This is why you can’t fight terror in the courts.

reaganaut on February 24, 2009 at 8:18 AM

British Dhimmi from Geert Wilders thread:

Wilders is a wanker. Britain has every right to tell this creep to sod off. They also told a number of radical Americans to sod off… good thing too. They just have to take care of the creeps that got in under the asylum laws and it will be a much better place… constitution or not.

lexhamfox on February 24, 2009 at 2:11 AM

Hey, lexhamfox, you can take care of this creep, too.
Enjoy.

Disturb the Universe on February 24, 2009 at 8:19 AM

paustin110 on February 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM

So am I. Krauthammer’s whole opinion of this was spot on.

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 8:20 AM

I may be wrong on this so bear with me, but under the Geneva Conventions doesn’t the “unlawful enemy combatant” designation allow for summary execution because the person is considered either a terrorist or spy?

tempestleo on February 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Terrorist and criminals lie. Liberals believe them. Obama and the left are living in a dream world. They are delusional. We are left to defend ourselves.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Under the dark of night the Administration chartered a plane from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Britain to release this known terrorist as a free man.

This is not the transparency I knew.

fogw on February 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM

tempestleo on February 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM

You hit the nail on the head.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Can we put him on a shoot-on-sight list so that, when he turns up on another battlefield, we won’t have to go through this again? What…we don’t have a shoot-on-sight list? You sure about that?

SKYFOX on February 24, 2009 at 8:26 AM

I really don’t mind the release of the prisoners at Gitmo. I honestly wish they would release all of them. Just turn them loose anywhere you choose.

In fact, I’ll go one better, I’ll suggest where we can release these fine upstanding abused people. Anyone object to them being released in San Francisco? How about Los Angeles? They would find plenty of help in San Francisco, all they would have to do is chant Death to America and a crowd would form around them cheering them on. In Los Angeles, they would probably end up in a Gang area, say South Central, or East LA, where they could meet those fine folks.

Worst case scenario, they end up in Hollywood, where they would find plenty of people who hate America too. After a while with the Liberals, the Terrorists would probably go home discouraged. The Terrorists don’t hate America as much as the Liberals do, they don’t have the energy. (Ann Coulter.) Can’t you see one of them reporting back to Osama? “Boss, I mean, it’s every moment they’re awake. I saw them, they were instantly enraged at their own country and remained that way during the day. Just stand back, Allah will see to them, he has given them only hate to sustain them.”

Snake307 on February 24, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Wilders is a wanker. Britain has every right to tell this creep to sod off. They also told a number of radical Americans to sod off… good thing too. They just have to take care of the creeps that got in under the asylum laws and it will be a much better place… constitution or not.

lexhamfox on February 24, 2009 at 2:11 AM

As you sow, so shall you reap.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Why are we releasing terrorists?
——————————

Well,its what the Liberal Socialist Democrat Party WANTS!

And,Hopey/Changey wants to send a message to the Middle
East,that releasing a terrorist is signal to the jihadys
that he is taking the first step,and reaching out!

And,that he is willing to work with Islamic nutcakes,and its not business as usual!

Gawd help America!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM

I always get a kick out of this place:

http://www.hurryupharry.org/2009/02/24/abusing-anti-terror-laws/

While some seem to have their head on straight, it is a rare occurrence and eventually they will be shouted down with slurs of Racist! Mccarthyite! Homophobe! Anti-semite! and any other slur currently in style.

Blake on February 24, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Blake on February 24, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Lock and load.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Saul Alinski, Obama’s mentor, hated the middle class. He thought they were a buffer between the lower and upper classes. The middle class must be destroyed in order to get to the upper class. You’ve got a front row seat in watching it happen. Enjoy.

volsense on February 24, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Lets play connect the dots… Obama releases terrorists and Rasmussen reports a drop in American confidence in the war on terror, gee I wonder what possible connection there is…

doriangrey on February 24, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Oh Boy,Obama broke the rule,

‘Do not Negotiate with Terrorists’!

Oops!!!

canopfor on February 24, 2009 at 8:37 AM

What’s telling is that we are releasing them from GITMO, but keeping them in Afghanistan. Obambi’s left hand doesn’t exactly keep track of what the right hand is doing.

This administration is becoming really comical.

Tim Zank on February 24, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Jeesh! The General Teaching Council which regulates and disciplines teachers in the UK is calling for a boycott of Israeli displays at their science fairs and museums. This Council is for all sense and purposes a government body and it wants to boycott Israelis. The UK is lost.

Blake on February 24, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Can we put him on a shoot-on-sight list so that, when he turns up on another battlefield, we won’t have to go through this again?

SKYFOX on February 24, 2009 at 8:26 AM

That should be the policy, regardless of lists. No prisoners from the Talibani battlefields. All die on sight.

Jaibones on February 24, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Did the detainees vote for Obama too? maybe he is making good on his campaign promises to them too.

workingforpigs on February 24, 2009 at 8:43 AM

canopfor on February 24, 2009 at 8:37 AM

We can only hope that these released terrorist are tagged with a “chip”, so that they can be tracked back to their coven.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Alan Colmes interviewing Ayers and Ayers saying Obama sending 17k more troops to Afgahnistan is a “big mistake”.

Terrorist, meet mirror. What a joke!

Rovin on February 24, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Did the detainees vote for Obama too? maybe he is making good on his campaign promises to them too.
workingforpigs on February 24, 2009 at 8:43 AM

One is good.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM

We can only hope that these released terrorist are tagged with a “chip”, so that they can be tracked back to their coven.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Beats my idea hands down. My solution only kills one at a time. Your solution targets them in bunches. Economies of scale.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Alan Colmes interviewing Ayers and Ayers saying Obama sending 17k more troops to Afgahnistan is a “big mistake”.

Terrorist, meet mirror. What a joke!

Rovin on February 24, 2009 at 8:45 AM

This treasonist pile of human feces should have been shot years ago.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM

We can only hope that these released terrorist are tagged with a “chip”, so that they can be tracked back to their coven.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

ROTFLMAO… The Manchurian terrorist???? Lo-jack for terrorists???

doriangrey on February 24, 2009 at 8:54 AM

FLAG DAY headlines discontented responses to Obama

1) Thong-Boy Deserter

Boulder police said they received an anonymous tip Saturday that Christopher Mauger, who has a nationwide felony warrant for desertion, could be found in an apartment unit at 770 29th St. in Boulder.

2) 40-year-old Iraq Volunteer

“As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” wrote Scott Easterling in a “to-whom-it-may-concern” letter.

maverick muse on February 24, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Afgahnistan is a “big mistake”.

“colossal mistake” headline quote

maverick muse on February 24, 2009 at 8:57 AM

No prisoners from the Talibani battlefields. All die on sight.

In a perfect normal world, maybe.

Today’s battlefields are full of “journalists” who sympathize with the enemy and various corrupt international organizations that take the word of terrorists seriously.

At home we have congressmen who are happy to condemn their own troops (while living fat and happy from defense contract kickbacks) and a media intent on destroying morale.

reaganaut on February 24, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Went to Afghanistan to kick his drug habit? (Could it have been opium?)

Sheesh…everyone of these guys captured has an alibi…was merely visiting my great aunt (whose hubby was armament minister for AQ), was merely studying the Koran (are Korans that rare in the West?), was a tourist (ever try someplace where they were not shooting and beheading people?), thought I’d be attending a madras in Helmand Province (No Koranic schools in a far less desolate environment?).

As for the Obama Administration, won’t even get into their excuses and alibis…

But the damage has been done…and precedent set…dangerous terrorists who have never renounced terror nor shown a proclivity to do so…well, they can now be released into the general population (no, not prison population, but the global community) because any shyster lawyer good at his craft can tie up US courts and get the EU courts involved to force the United States to release them all…because an “Unlawful Enemy Combatant” aka Binyam Mohamed was turned loose.

Maybe someone on the Obama team figured that Binyam was related to a frog named “Binyah Binyah?” (last known address – Gullah Gullah Island.)

coldwarrior on February 24, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Jack Bauer is riding on the plane with them.

workingforpigs on February 24, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Military prison is only half the answer.

From the movie Ben-Hur, loosely: we can imprison them, execute them, and threaten them, but they keep coming back. How do you fight an idea?

You fight an idea with another idea.

Are we in America standing for or living an idea that can compete with the allure of radical islamofascism?

Maybe by 2012 we could be.

jeff_from_mpls on February 24, 2009 at 9:15 AM

It’s part of Obama’s master plan. You see he wants to stimulate the economy. If he releases these wankers then they will start blowing stuff up. Terrorists tend to go after big things. So they blow stuff up and we rebuild! Sheer genius! Bravo Obama, what a master stroke.

txaggie on February 24, 2009 at 9:22 AM

If history is any judge, our catch and release program ensures we’ll get another crack at him.

moxie_neanderthal on February 24, 2009 at 9:24 AM

From the movie Ben-Hur, loosely: we can imprison them, execute them, and threaten them, but they keep coming back. How do you fight an idea?
jeff_from_mpls on February 24, 2009 at 9:15 AM

“Black Jack” Pershing found a way and it was not in a movie.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 9:38 AM

When did average people start believing the lies of the enemy?

Don’t they understand words like disinformation, deception, Fifth Column, spy, sedition, infiltration, sleeper cell, mole, deep cover, etc., etc., etc.?

Those who do not follow the Geneva Conventions’ rules do not get their protections.

They should be executed, when caught, as “saboteurs, spies & terrorists”.

Otherwise dizzily-shallow legal lunatics and stuporously soft-headed suckers will continue undermine our security and rot the framework of our Civilization by believing the cunningly calculated propaganda of the enemy.

Shoot the terrorist enemies, or be termited into collapse by them …and their unrealistically idealistic, Moral Highground-hugging suicidally-stupid useful idiots.

profitsbeard on February 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM

S.O.T.

US soldier in Iraq is challenging Obama’s eligibility
as POTUS. This is getting reeeeally interesting.

http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=89837

“As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” wrote Scott Easterling in a “to-whom-it-may-concern” letter.

katy on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

katy on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

That active duty Army officer has just violated Article 88 of the UCMJ. Whether or not his Command will open an Article 32 investigation is at the discretion of his commanding officer, or the next highest military judicial authority.

Not a wise move to put a name on that missive. Had he resigned first…no problem at all.

coldwarrior on February 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Not a wise move to put a name on that missive. Had he resigned first…no problem at all.

coldwarrior on February 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Big mistake; but gutsy. Sounds like Billy Mitchell.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 9:58 AM

coldwarrior at 9:53 AM-

Had he resigned first…

Legally, if the officer resigned, the courts could then say he had no “standing” to bring the suit. CATCH-23.

Technically, he is endangering his career, but this is the only way he can legally challenge Obama’s credentials.

I think the FBI must have vetted Obama’s birth certificate sufficiently, and that nothing will come of these challenges, but the soldier’s free to bang his head against whatever legalistic wall he wants if he has any doubts about the Barry H. vetting process.

There have been crooks in the FBI and other government security and intelligence agencies as well as in Congress, so they are not to be blindly trusted.

But it is most likely Obama was born in Hawaii, and his policies should be fought, now, not will-o-the-wisps.

profitsbeard on February 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM

coldwarrior on February 24, 2009 at 9:53 AM

He had to have known this so I wonder if there is something else going on.

katy on February 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM

There is a 38 cent solution for that piece of shite.

Alden Pyle on February 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

If this is the Hill the officer chose…more power to him.

But, he has one hell of an battle on this issue. That little election thingie we had, and Obama’s being sworn in (twice) sort of puts the advantage in the Obama court (no pun intended) as that vote and swearing in pretty much made him President.

[One has to consider the effects of the USSC or Congress tossing him out, now, as ineligible. Or, on the other hand, the Congress refusing to toss him out should the documents show he was not qualified. Given the Obama vetting process and their wonderful batting average on that one...this is a can of worms I'd like to not see opened in many ways. The collateral damage would be grave.]

Do I believe that are certain discrepancies regarding Obama’s status as a US citizen? Yes. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to support a lot of it. The stonewalling by the Obama camp and the courts, too, along the way. If Obama would just release the full and complete document cache…might go a long way toward that “transparency” garbage he keeps talking about. You know, lead by example.

Anyway…back to our wonderful new program to simply just release terrorists…I heard that Ayers is the new Gitmo Czar.

coldwarrior on February 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Mr Mohamed, an Ethiopian refugee who worked as a caretaker at a mosque in West London, claims he travelled to Afghanistan in June 2001 in order to kick his drug habit

Yeah

And I kicked my Prostitute habit by going to Whore Houses.

BDU-33 on February 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Mr Mohamed, an Ethiopian refugee who worked as a caretaker at a mosque in West London, claims he travelled to Afghanistan in June 2001 in order to kick his drug habit but he was arrested in Karachi, Pakistan in April 2002 using a false passport to fly to London.

Riiight. Because, next to, say, Colombia, Afghanistan is the go-to place to get off drugs (and false passports are de rigeur).

Buy Danish on February 24, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Perhaps it’s time to strike back with the tactics so successfully employed in the recently ended war on terrorism.

Everyone go to the mall an extra two times this week and keep a sharp eye out for recently released terrorists and don’t talk about Islam.

BL@KBIRD on February 24, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I really don’t mind the release of the prisoners at Gitmo. I honestly wish they would release all of them. Just turn them loose anywhere you choose.

In fact, I’ll go one better, I’ll suggest where we can release these fine upstanding abused people. Anyone object to them being released in San Francisco? How about Los Angeles? They would find plenty of help in San Francisco, all they would have to do is chant Death to America and a crowd would form around them cheering them on. In Los Angeles, they would probably end up in a Gang area, say South Central, or East LA, where they could meet those fine folks.
Snake307 on February 24, 2009 at 8:28 AM

I’ll raise you one…..what if San Francisco and Hollywood liberals, who are so worried about their civil rights, are forced to host them as a sort of “foreign exchange student?” They’d wear one of those cute little ankle bracelets, have full access to their homes and sit at their dinner table every night.

jcheney on February 24, 2009 at 11:29 AM

There should be a Cabinet Post for him. We could call it Secretary of the Destruction of America, which would fit right in with the current agenda.

DL13 on February 24, 2009 at 11:37 AM