ISIS recently announced that Ex-GITMO detainee, Jamal Udeen Al-Harith aka Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, became a martyr when he blew himself up near Mosul last Sunday. This wouldn’t normally serve as news because ISIS members are known for this kind of brutality. However, it does shed light into the reality of an underrated problem with the release of those who are suspected of terrorism activities.
More importantly, it clearly serves as proof to the activists who have voiced their wish to release those who are captive at the Guantanamo Bay prison. It corroborates the fact that the release of known and self proclaimed terrorists will eventually come back to hunt us. Furthermore, and even more frightening is the fact that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, who’s real name was Ronald Fiddler, was released from GITMO knowing he was a terrorist and even received a seven figure payoff by the British Government because, as he claimed, he was brutally tortured while detained.
LET’S TALK REALITY FOR A SECOND!
Was he brutally tortured? Its very unlikely according to official reports, and even if he was water-boarded, that doesn’t legally constitute as torture. Now, I’m not saying we should torture and abuse our detainees, not at all, but terrorists like al-Britani should be dealt with accordingly under the law as opposed to being set free.
According to the New York Post “He was set free in 2004 after British then-Home Secretary David Blunkett, a member of the Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government, lobbied for his release, saying he had been abused while detained. At the time of his release, Blunkett said, “No one who returned… will actually be a threat to the security of the British people.”
I wonder what’s on Mr. Blunkett’s mind today??? Wait, I know this one! THE BURDEN OF THE 7 LIVES LOST ON SUNDAY BECAUSE OF THE ATTACKS!
This should be an eye opener to those who so ferociously support the release of GITMO detainees. I said it once and I will say it again; these monsters don’t think like you and I. Their quest to kill others will never be extinguished and those who support their early release might as well be ISIS supporters too.
We are talking about a full-blown, bonafide, hardcore radical extremist, that was labeled as a high threat to the US, its interests and allies. A real life bad guy who was set free and paid over $1.5 million dollars for his “abuse and wrongful detainment” who, just so happened, went right back to what he was accused for in the first place.
OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!
This isn’t a rare situation neither. According to Military.com 9 ex-GITMO detainees released by President Obama are confirmed to be directly involved in terrorism or insurgent activities and 113 released by President Bush have re-engaged in some type of terror-tied activity.
Do the math, out of the total amount of detainees ever held at this prison (780 total), 122 of them have returned to their old habits, that’s a whopping 15%!!!
Another infamous proof of such is the case of ex-GITMO detainee, Moazzem Begg, who was arrested in 2014 in a terrorism case. Begg, a British father-of-four, is suspected of attending a Syria terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas, police said.
We need to stop encouraging the early release of these supposed terrorists. Its obvious that we cant hold them forever, got it, but there needs to be a better innocence verification process for these suspects. Furthermore, no solemn, self protecting nation should subdue to the petition of a detainee suspected of terror because he feels he was mistreated while captured. Much less be given over a million dollars for his “distress”!
In closing, I will leave you with these questions. What do you think al-Britani used the $1.5 million dollar payoff for? What was the British people’s hard earned money ultimately applied towards?
Time to say adios!
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