Days after Paris jihad, Obama releases 5 Gitmo terrorists to UAE

All so-called Syrian refugees should be sent to the UAE or other Muslim nations, not to the U.S.


Source: 5 Yemeni Guantánamo Inmates Are Sent to United Arab Emirates – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that it had transferred five lower-level Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates. The United States had held each for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners, and none had been charged with a crime.

The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107. As many as 17 other proposed transfers of lower-level detainees are in the bureaucratic pipeline, an official familiar with internal deliberations said.

The resettlement of the Yemeni detainees was the first of its kind to the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken in just one former Guantánamo detainee, in 2008 — its own citizen.

Each of the five detainees was captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in late 2001, after the battle of Tora Bora, when many low-level fighters fled to the mountains, according to leaked military dossiers.

The transferred detainees included three men who had been recommended for transfer by a 2009 task force made up of six security-related agencies. Those detainees are Khalid Abd Jal Jabbar Muhammad Juthman al Qadasi, Sulaiman Awath Sulaiman Bin Ageel al Nahdi and Fahmi Salem Said al Sani.

There were also two men whom the task force recommended for continuing detention but whose status was later changed to transferable by a parolelike board. They are Ali Ahmad Muhammad al Rahizi and Adil Said al Haj Obeid al Busayss.

The Obama administration is expected to send Congress a plan soon to close the Guantánamo prison. The centerpiece of that plan is expected to be a provision to move to a prison in the United States the 59 remaining detainees who are not recommended for transfer. A statute passed by Congress currently bars the military from bringing any detainees onto domestic soil.

As we noted last week, Obama continues plotting ways to resettle the remaining Gitmo terrorists. Kansas, Colorado and South Carolina top the shortlist.

For long-time readers, recall that then Attorney General Eric Holder planned a clandestine resettlement of Gitmo terrorists in Virginia but was caught red-handed and shut down.

Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina targeted to house Gitmo terrorists

And when they are freed, they will be freed in your backyards. via Pentagon to release Guantanamo detainee relocation plan, as Obama pressed ahead with closure

The Pentagon is expected to release a plan next week on President Obama’s years-long effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center that suggests a Colorado prison dubbed “the Alcatraz of the Rockies” as one suitable site to relocate expected life-long detainees, Obama administration officials say.

However, critics of the promise, including many Republicans, fear transferring detainees to the U.S. mainland as part of an overall closure plan poses too much of a homeland security risk. They also say the president has yet to submit a closure plan and have been critical of the administration recently allowing some known terrorists to return to the Middle East.

The Florence, Colo., prison is among seven U.S. facilities in Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina being considered.

The Pentagon plan represents a last-gasp effort by the administration to convince staunch opponents in Congress that dangerous detainees who can’t be transferred safely to other countries should be housed in a U.S.-based prison.

 The United States opened the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to get suspected terrorists off the battlefield.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said this week that the administration is trying “very hard” to transfer 53 more detainees, among the 112 remaining, before the end of the year.

The rest are either facing trial by military commission or the government has determined that they are too dangerous to release but are not facing charges.

Any decision to select a U.S. facility would require congressional approval — something U.S. lawmakers say is unlikely. However, Earnest also suggested that Obama has not ruled out the possibility of using an executive order to close the facility.

A Pentagon assessment team reviewed the sites in recent months and detailed their advantages and disadvantages. They include locations, costs for renovations and construction, the ability to house troops and hold military commission hearings, and health care facilities.

Colorado’s Centennial Correctional Facility has advantages that could outweigh its disadvantages, according to officials. But no details were available and no conclusions have been reached. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

To approve a transfer, Defense Secretary Ash Carter must conclude that the detainees will not return to terrorism or the battlefield upon release and that there is a host country willing to take them and guarantee they will secure them.

The facilities reviewed by the assessment team were

  • the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Corrections Facility at Leavenworth, Kansas;
  • the Consolidated Naval Brig, Charleston, South Carolina;
  • the Federal Correctional Complex, which includes the medium, maximum and supermax facilities in Florence, Colorado; and
  • the Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City, Colorado, also known as the Centennial Correctional Facility.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner made clear this week that he opposes any move to relocate detainees to his state.

“I will not sit idly by while the president uses political promises to imperil the people of Colorado by moving enemy combatants from Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, to my state of Colorado,” he said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

He also expressed concerns about the potential impact of such a move on the state’s judicial system and concerns about detainees potentially have to transported from the rural facility to downtown Denver to the federal courthouse for a hearing.

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Obama frees Saudi jihadist from Gitmo, returns to UK

He should have been returned to Saudi Arabia – where he was born, or Afghanistan – where he voluntarily moved, or Pakistan – where he followed bin Laden and was captured. He’s not British in any way. via Shaker Aamer, last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, thanks supporters after landing back in UK – Telegraph

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary confirmed the release of Mr Aamer, who was born in Saudi Arabia but has permission to reside in this country.

The twin-engined jet taxied from the runway into an airport hangar and the doors were closed immediately behind the aircraft, which is registered to an anonymous owner under the address of the Wells Fargo Bank in Utah.

An ambulance was thought to be waiting inside the building to take Mr Aamer for medical checks at an undisclosed hospital.

A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Aamer will be released when he disembarks the jet.

He added that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, had already said that steps would be taken to “ensure public safety”.

The spokesman said: “He has been released from Guantanamo Bay and is now on his way back. There are no plans to detain him.

“He will be released when he comes off the plane.

He was described in US military files obtained by the WikiLeaks website as a “close associate of Osama bin Laden” who fought in the battle of Tora Bora.

 However, in 2007 the allegations against him were dropped and he was cleared for release.
Nationality:  Saudi , but legal British resident
Seized:  Arrested in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on 24 November 2001 and rendered to Guantánamo on 14 February 2002
 Allegations:  The US military Joint Task Force Guantanamo believed Aamer had led a unit of fighters in Afghanistan, including the Battle of Tora Bora, while his family was paid a stipend by Osama bin Laden. Aamer says he was in Afghanistan for humanitarian work
More on the now-free-jihadist via:  British Media’s Distorted Portrayal of Guantanamo

The story of Shaker Aamer reveals a great deal about contemporary Britain. Forty-eight years old, he is a native of Saudi Arabia. In the mid-1990s he arrived in Britain, and met and married Zinnira Siddique, which gave him the right to stay indefinitely in the country. In 2001 he and his wife and their three young children moved to Kabul in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban were already well-known pioneers of armed Islamism, but Shaker Aamer asks to be believed when he says he went to Afghanistan for the sake of living “a simple life.” According to American intelligence, this simple life actually consisted of fighting for al-Qaeda. When bin Laden fled to Pakistan, Aamer went too, but also asks to be believed that this was just a journey that had nothing to do with al-Qaeda.

Captured a few months after 9/11, Aamer was flown to Guantanamo, and there he stayed for 13 years. No official that I know of has explained the failure throughout that time to put him on trial. A reason must exist: perhaps intelligence had to protect its sources, witnesses were unreliable, and of course he may have been the victim of injustice. Guantanamo personnel say he was a cheerleader organizing hunger strikes, “a mastermind” for the hundreds of other Islamists there. Captured al-Qaeda documents instruct prisoners in American hands to assert as a routine that they are tortured. Sure enough, Aamer further asks to be believed that he has been the victim of persistent torture. Moreover, he says that British intelligence agents took part in torturing him.

Very few people in Britain would think of Aamer as British rather than Saudi. Yet large parts of the media, left as well as right, have found common ground in a campaign for his release. Instead of asking whether Aamer’s account of his ill-treatment is the whole truth and nothing but the truth, the media prefer to present him as a Briton suffering injustice at American hands. The Daily Mail, for instance, notionally a conservative newspaper, day after day takes for granted American beastliness and Aamer’s innocence. Arriving in England after his release, he met his wife and children at the airport. The gushing sentimentality of the press reports of this occasion is a contrast to the silence that greets soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan.

More sharia at Gitmo, female military guards barred from transporting Muslim terrorists


Source: Senators blast order barring female guards from transporting Gitmo inmates | Fox News h/t EuroNews

Female soldiers serving at Guantanamo Bay are not being allowed to transport inmates after complaints that it was an insult to the terror suspects’ Islamic faith, Republican senators revealed Tuesday, calling the move an insult to women.

Inmates apparently complained the female soldiers’ actions were an insult to their Islamic faith, but the senators blasted the court decision as an “insult to women.” Top U.S. military leaders agreed the directive is “outrageous,” while suggesting they’re currently bound by the order.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., first revealed the decision at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday morning. She told Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford that on a visit Friday to the detention center, she was told female soldiers were not being allowed to transport the “9/11 five” – five inmates suspected of masterminding the 2001 terror attack — after the court order.

“We have a situation down there where we met with women guards who are being prevented from fully performing their mission because the five 9/11 attackers who are charged with killing 3,000 Americans will not allow them to perform their duties because they’re women,” Ayotte said.

“It’s outrageous,” Dunford agreed. “That’s being worked by lawyers, it’s an injunction. I’m not using that as an excuse, but that’s where it is right now.”

“I think it is counter to the way we treat service members, including female service members, and outrageous is a very good word for it,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter added.

A military judge issued the order in January prohibiting female guards from transporting the defendants, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to and from legal proceedings after they refused to meet with defense lawyers and complained that any physical contact with unrelated women violated their Muslim beliefs.

The ruling by Army Col. James Pohl was meant to deal with their complaints, which posed a threat to legal proceedings.

At a press conference following Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Sens. Ayotte; Tim Scott, R-S.C.; and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. — who accompanied Ayotte on the visit to the facility — expanded on the issue.

Capito said the country is letting the “9/11 five dictate” the procedures in the U.S. military, adding that it is “amazing” a military judge would rule in such a way.

“Terrorists should not dictate to us what our men and women in uniform are permitted to do,” Ayotte said. “This is not an insult to Islam, it’s an insult to women.”

Clearly they do and our elected officials are essentially useless, if not working against us.

Gitmo has been sharia compliant for many years.

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Gitmo parole board cleared Saudi jihadist for release…on Sep. 11th

via al Qaeda’s favorite Gitmo reporter at the Miami Herald:

A U.S. parole board has cleared another captive from Saudi Arabia once suspected of being part of Osama bin Laden’s security detail for release from Guantánamo to the kingdom’s rehabilitation program.

The board lifted the “forever prisoner” status of Mohammed Shimrani, 40, on Sept. 11 but disclosed it two weeks later, days after Saudi Arabia picked up another long-held captive who was brought to Camp X-Ray in Cuba in the first week of operations, like many, as a suspected bin Laden bodyguard.

The decision meant that 53 of Guantánamo’s 114 detainees are cleared for release, once the State Department negotiates security assurances that satisfy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Now, 10 others are in war court proceedings, and 51 other captives are in a continue-to-detain status, 29 of them indefinite detainees, forever prisoners.

The parole board said in a brief, three-paragraph decision that it had faith in the Saudi rehabilitation program and the kingdom’s ability to subsequently monitor Shimrani’s movements.

It also said that the Saudi admitted to being a former combatant but was more inclined to spend time with family than jihad or on the battlefield.

Shimrani’s attorney, Martha Rayner, said by email that the Saudi “looks forward to participating in the Saudi rehabilitation program and reuniting with his family.”

In August, a U.S. military officer assigned to argue on behalf of Shimrani said the captive “has slipped quietly into middle age” in his 13 years of U.S. detention. Shimrani sat beside the officer, unlike at an earlier June 2014 hearing, when the captive refused to attend to protest the Army policy of conducting “humiliating and degrading” hand searches of captives’ genitals — a practice the prison has apparently modified.

In the links above we learn that Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard – who was part of an aborted component of the September 11 attacks – was also released…to Saudi Arabia, a Moroccan jihadist was released recently, and a British jihadist is set to win release in the coming weeks.

Kansas, South Carolina on Pentagon shortlist to receive Gitmo terrorists

Your state may also be on the list.

“We will also be assessing other sites in the coming weeks,” Pentagon chief Ashton Carter added.

And once liberal judges release them from U.S. prisons, their whereabouts in the U.S. will be unknown…until they strike again.

via Pentagon assessing US options for Guantanamo detainees.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is taking another look at the military prison in Kansas and the Navy Brig in South Carolina as it evaluates potential U.S. facilities to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, part of the Obama administration’s controversial push to close the detention center.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said a team was surveying the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth on Friday and will do a similar assessment at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston later this month. Davis said the team will assess the costs associated with construction and other changes that would be needed in order to use the facility to house the detainees as well as conduct military commission trials for those accused of war crimes.

The closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been a top priority for President Barack Obama, who pledged on his first day in office to shut it down. But that effort has faced persistent hurdles, including staunch opposition from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress and ongoing difficulties transferring out the dozens of detainees who have been cleared to leave.

The latest surveys come a week after a draft Pentagon plan to provide potential locations for the detainees was stymied when the administration said the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois was off the table, according to officials. The draft plan had focused largely on Thomson and Charleston, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The officials said that early versions of the Pentagon report had made it clear that Thomson and Charleston were the most viable choices based on costs and the timeline needed to renovate the facilities to the maximum security levels required. Officials have acknowledged, however, that there were divisions within the Pentagon and across the administration over which military and federal facilities to highlight and how many options to assess and include in the report.

At the Aspen Institute’s recent national security conference in Colorado, Lisa Monaco, Obama’s homeland security adviser, said the administration wants to move out the 52 detainees. But, she added, “That doesn’t mean just unlocking the door and having someone go willy-nilly to another country. … It means a painstaking establishment of security protocols that would govern the transfer of that individual.”

Davis said that there are other sites, in addition to those in Kansas and South Carolina, that the team will visit. Although previous surveys and reviews have been done of many of the prison facilities, Davis said the latest visits are aimed at getting consistent evaluations and establishing a baseline of information.

While the team is looking first at some military detention centers, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is also identifying potential civilian facilities.

Congressional opposition has been fierce.

Both the House and Senate versions of the 2016 defense policy bill maintain prohibitions on transferring detainees to U.S. facilities. The Senate legislation, however, states that the restrictions could be lifted if the White House submits a plan to close the facility and the plan is approved by Congress. House and Senate negotiators are working to reconcile the two bills.

Lawmakers from Kansas on Friday quickly denounced the survey.

“As long as this detention facility remains open, it will remain a rallying cry for jihadi propaganda,” Carter said.

If this oath breaker thinks Gitmo is a jihadi rallying cry, what does he think Ft. Leavenworth or any other U.S.-based prison would be?

What Obama doesn’t want Americans to know on Gitmo closure

via What Obama doesn’t want us to know on Gitmo closure | TheHill. By J.D. Gordon

President Obama’s top counter-terrorism aide, Deputy National Security Advisor Lisa Monaca, said this past weekend at the Aspen Security Conference that the White House is preparing for another push to close Guantanamo, including a plan to move detainees into the U.S. mainland.

While she cited grossly exaggerated costs per detainee, here’s an actual fact that Team Obama isn’t telling us, far more important than just dollars and cents:

If and when the detainees are stateside, judges could release them onto Main Street, USA.

Our courts will have the final say on whether they remain locked up, not the administration. And if other countries won’t take them, they could just walk out of jail. Detainees don’t have to escape from Supermax if judges let them out.

And since nearly half of the current 116 detainees have been held under indefinite detention status, activist judges would line up for jurisdiction.

“Try them or release them,” has been the rallying cry for Al Qaeda’s defense lawyers for over a dozen years. Makes sense, right? Maybe so during peacetime, before mass casualty terrorist attacks like those on 9/11.

But America remains at war. Since there weren’t battlefield detectives collecting evidence from global jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, military or civilian trials might not obtain convictions. Which doesn’t make those men any less dangerous, just less prosecutable.

Obama and his legal advisers know the courts routinely pummeled the Bush administration on detainee cases, including multiple losses at the Supreme Court. They ought to know, since 9 lawyers who represented Al Qaeda were rewarded with senior political posts in the Obama administration.

When I served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009, our DoD General Counsel’s office, working in tandem with the Justice Department, reminded me of a piñata. But instead of kids bashing away to free candy, it was judges hammering to free detainees.

One case that has direct applications to today’s prospect of Gitmo closure is Al Marri v. Bush.

Ali Al Marri was a Qatari national with a U.S. green card, believed to be an Al Qaeda sleeper cell agent, trained in advanced poisons for use against water reservoirs. Captured in Peoria, Illinois, and then held indefinitely at the Naval Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, Al Marri assembled a team of lawyers who argued that President Bush didn’t have the authority to hold him without trial.

Well, Al Marri won. While terrorism charges didn’t stand up in court, he was convicted of credit card fraud and served a short sentence in a civilian prison. It was like busting Al Capone for tax evasion. Al Marri is now a free man in Qatar.

If Al Marri could beat the federal government in court, dozens of Gitmo terrorists with less evidence against them will too. But what if other countries won’t take them? Then what?

The White House is also misleading about Gitmo’s cost, claiming $3 million per detainee, per year. Yet they don’t mention the primary expense is 2,000 troops guarding them, providing legal services and medical care. That’s the same number deployed to handle the total of 780 detainees, so it’s deliberate overkill. Taken together with 4 catered halal meals a day, Ramadan feasts with roasted meats and imported dates, expensive exercise equipment, Wii-fits, satellite TV, etc. Obama deliberately keeps that cost high to score political talking points.

Shouldn’t Americans ask Obama why he would risk freeing them into our country, when nearly 1/3 are already confirmed or suspected of returning to terrorism?

In my view, he sees Guantanamo as a symbol of the America he’s determined to transform. To him, Gitmo equals U.S. overreach, the “empire” acting through brute force. Above the law, as they say. And that’s not just holding radical Islam-inspired terrorists. That also extends to “occupying” 45-square miles of Cuba against the will of Havana’s leaders.

Obama is desperate to empty Gitmo, let the chips fall where they may, because he wants to return the Naval Base to Cuba. Even though it’s been a strategically important military base for Americans, leased since 1903, complete with a deep water port and airfield, he views it as the left in Latin America does – a sign of Yankee imperialism.

Though the White House says they won’t cave to Raul Castro’s demands for the base, they have zero credibility on the issue. That’s because Ben Rhodes of the National Security Council went behind the backs of Congress and the American people to conduct the normalization of relations agreement last year in secret, in Canada. Rhodes and this same NSC also blamed the Benghazi terrorist attack on a video. Can we trust anything they say?=

Bottom line, closing Gitmo and giving it back to Cuba is all part of Obama’s legacy. He extends olive branches to terrorists and appeases dictators for little to nothing in return, designed to usher in a new, post-U.S. superpower status era. As America gets weaker with $1 trillion in defense cuts, our enemies get stronger. Is that what he meant by hope and change?

Gordon is a retired Navy commander and former Pentagon spokesman who served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005-2009, during which time he visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base over 30 times.



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