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Al-Qaeda, Gitmo Quandary: After Prison, Suppose Just One Terrorists Destroys Your Way of Life?

January 25, 2009

“We are in a zero-error tolerant engagement here.  If we allow just one Gimo prisoner to walk free and he destroys the World Trade Center, White House, Big Ben, or Eiffel Tower, what will everyone say.  What will liberals say?”

That quote is from a former CIA man with experiece dealing with terrorists.

We became much more interested in the Guantanamo Bay and torture issee after reporters started to doubt the Pentagon’s claims that several free men who formerly had lodgings in Gitmo has re-joined terrorists groups.

The point isn’t that men freed after terrorist prison confinement again become terrorists.  The point is that we are in a “zero defect” environment…..

“These are not nice people,” said my CIA friend….




Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported.

One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official told AFP.

Former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri

Three other men appear in the video, including Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, identified as an Al-Qaeda field commander. SITE later said he was prisoner No. 333.

A Pentagon spokesman, Commander Jeffrey Gordon, on Saturday declined to confirm the SITE information.

“We remain concerned about ex-Guantanamo detainees who have re-affiliated with terrorist organizations after their departure,” said Gordon.

“We will continue to work with the international community to mitigate the threat they pose,” he said.

On the video, al-Shihri is seen sitting with three other men before a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq, the front for Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

“By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for,” al-Shihri was quoted as saying.

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