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December 20, 2009

Obama To Release 6 GITMO Detainees to al-Qaeda Hang Out Yemen

A sizable number of former Gitmo detainees who have returned to fighting jihad have been in Yemen, including the current leader of al-Qaeda's Yemeni branch (one of the most active in the world) Said Ali al-Shihri.

Six Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be repatriated

The Washington Post

The Obama administration is planning to repatriate six Yemenis held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a transfer that could be a prelude to the release of dozens more detainees to Yemen, according to sources with independent knowledge of the matter.

The release is a significant first step toward dealing with the largest group of detainees at the prison — there are currently 97 Yemenis there — and toward meeting President Obama’s goal of closing the facility.

But Yemen’s security problems and lack of resources have spawned fears about its ability to monitor and rehabilitate returnees. Critics of the administration charge that returning detainees to Yemen, a country where al-Qaeda is believed to be thriving, is tantamount to returning terrorists to the battlefield.

The transfer will be closely monitored and, if successful, could lead to the release of other Yemenis who have been cleared to go home by a Justice Department-led interagency review team, which examined the case of each detainee held at Guantanamo Bay. Obama set up the review process to accelerate the closure of the detention center.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), a critic of the administration policy on Guantanamo, said Yemeni detainees pose a particular risk because of the instability of their home country.

"Stop. These men are dangerous," Wolf said when asked about the transfer. "I believe they will be involved in terrorism that will cost American lives."

The Obama administration attempted to forge a deal with Saudi Arabia that would allow Yemeni detainees to attend its highly regarded rehabilitation program. But Saudi officials said the program, which relies on strong family and tribal involvement, was ill-suited for Yemenis.

Officials in Yemen, the poorest Arab nation, insist that they need financial assistance from the United States to successfully reintegrate returning detainees.

Wild Thing's comment..........

The Yemenis have such a great track record of dealing with these guys. Want to bet they are back on the battlefield fighting us within a few months?

Posted by Wild Thing at December 20, 2009 03:48 AM


Why not just give them arms and release them directly to AlQaeda or the Taliban. Send Osama Obama and his tribe of corrupt thieves along with them.

Posted by: Bob A at December 20, 2009 10:39 AM

What if they decide they want to stay here? Will The One honor that request. We will undoubtably end up killing some of these guys in the future. I just wonder if they will kill some Americans. Hey obama. Releasing your muslim brothers is an act of treason.

Posted by: TomR at December 20, 2009 12:36 PM

Bob A., we might as well, Obama sure likes
to help his muslim brothers out.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 20, 2009 11:56 PM

Tom, good question and they very well might
want and ask to do that too. grrrrrr

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 20, 2009 11:58 PM