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25 Guantanamo Detainees Resume Jihad

From a feigning surprise Reuters:

Saudi former al-Qaeda Islamists play volleyball at a rehabilitation center for militants in Riyadh in 2009. Twenty percent of ex-Guantanamo prisoners who graduated from Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation programme resumed contacts with Islamist militants, a senior Saudi counter-terror official said on Saturday.

25 Saudi Guantanamo prisoners return to militancy

Ulf Laessing
Sun Jun 20, 2010

(Reuters) – Around 25 former detainees from Guantanamo Bay camp returned to militancy after going through a rehabilitation program for al Qaeda members in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi security official said on Saturday.

The United States have sent back around 120 Saudis from the detention camp at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, set up after the U.S. launched a "war on terror" following the September 11 attacks by mostly Saudi suicide hijackers sent by al Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter [sic], has put the returned prisoners along with other al Qaeda suspects through a rehabilitation program which includes religious re-education by clerics and financial help to start a new life…

Around 11 Saudis from Guantanamo have gone to Yemen, an operating base for al Qaeda, while others have been jailed again or killed after attending the program, said Abdulrahman al-Hadlaq, Director General of the General Administration for Intellectual Security overseeing the rehabilitation.

He pinpointed strong personal ties among former prisoners but also tough U.S. tactics as the reason why some 20 percent of the returned Saudis relapsed into militancy compared to 9.5 percent overall in the rehabilitation program.

"Those guys from other groups didn’t suffer torture before, the non-Guantanamos (participants). Torturing is the most dangerous thing in radicalization. You have more extremist people if you have more torture," Hadlaq told reporters in a rare briefing about Saudi anti-terrorism efforts.

What a total lie. Only three terrorists were ever ‘waterboarded’ by the US authorities, if we are going to pretend that ‘waterboarding’ constitutes torture.

The rest of the Guantanamo detainees were only tortured if eating honey-glazed chicken and rice pilaf and playing computer games is now considered torture.

Despite the setback with Guantanamo prisoners, Saudi Arabia regards the rehabilitation scheme, which kicks in after militants have served a prison term, as a success

Well, for them, for the Saudis it probably  is a ‘success.’ After all, they are still funding Wahhabist schools around the world and especially in the US.

Saudi Arabia plans to build five more rehabilitation centers which will be able to accommodate 250 people each, he said.

That’s just like the government does in our country. If something isn’t working, do more of it.

The expansion plans are partly to cope with the eventual release of 991 suspected al Qaeda militants whom the authorities said in October were awaiting trial for 30 attacks since 2003…

Why not just give them their suicide belts now and cut out all the middle men?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “25 Guantanamo Detainees Resume Jihad”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    The only real torture going on here is of the logic of releasing these murderous criminals back into society…any society.

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