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Freed Detainees Live It Up In Bermuda

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Guantánamo four stir up tropical storm in Bermuda

By Tom Leonard in Hamilton, Bermuda
14 Jun 2009

Grinning broadly and protesting their desire only for the "peaceful life", four Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay enjoyed the delights of their new home over the weekend.

That meant fried Bermudan rock fish with banana and almonds, and a monumental row about their arrival in Britain’s oldest colony.

Their celebratory meal, joined by The Sunday Telegraph after this newspaper tracked them down to their hideaway in a guesthouse in a remote corner of Bermuda, was washed down with water and a heavy dose of relief and gratitude toward their hosts.

Clearly relishing each mouthful after years of bland and solitary prison meals, Abdulla Abdulqadir, 30, said: "Eating together like this, gathered around a table together – that’s what freedom is all about for me."

"In Guantanamo Bay, there’s no friendliness," added Salahidin Abulahad, 32. "The people here have been so friendly, they come and hug us. Bermuda had the courage to step and do this – it’s a small place but it has a big heart. This is where we want to stay."

But by no means everyone is delighted by their presence. Ewart Brown, Bermuda’s premier, swiftly provoked a row with his colonial masters on Thursday when he abruptly announced that the small but wealthy British overseas territory had taken in four of the 17 Uighurs still held in the controversial US detention facility.

An angry Britain, which is responsible for Bermuda’s security and foreign policy, complained that it should have been consulted and put the foursome’s future on hold until it has conducted its own security checks.

Dr Brown’s supposed humanitarian gesture prompted an even more furious reaction on Bermuda where radio talkshows have been flooded with angry callers fretting about the arrival of "blood-crazed jihadists" on a cosy island better known for talcum powder beaches and international offshore finance houses.

On Friday, opposition MPs tabled a motion of no confidence as the embattled leader admitted that the offer to help out with Barack Obama’s Guantanamo Bay clean-out was linked to discussions on the US clampdown on tax havens.

David Miliband telephoned Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, to express Britain’s disappointment as a state department official admitted the UK was angry….

The US government long ago decided that the Uighur detainees did not pose a terrorist threat. The four – who also include Helil Mamut, 31, and Ablikin Turahun, 38 – insisted they were innocent victims of the US war on terror and the "brutal dictatorship" of China.

They were captured by bounty hunters in Pakistan where they went after fleeing US bombing in Afghanistan. They had fled to Afghanistan to escape Chinese "oppression"

they had been held at the controversial detention centre in Cuba since 2002.

They insisted they had never even heard of al-Qaeda until they arrived at the prison and denied allegations that they received military training in a terrorist camp at Tora Bora

"Because we had no visas, we were living in an abandoned house in a little Afghan village, it wasn’t a training camp," said Mr Abdulahad. They learn [sic] how to use AK47 assault rifles because everyone carried them and they were "curious", not because they had formal military instruction, he said….

The men have been renewing their acquaintance with the basic comforts of life outside prison, noting that since arriving they had glimpsed their first horse, first game of football and first fish – during a beach walk – that they had seen for seven years.

They are currently staying in a $200 a night guesthouse while the authorities arrange for them to have travel and work papers. Their expenses are being paid by the Bermudan authorities who are being recompensed by the US government.

Two of them speak some English and local people say they will have no trouble finding work on an island with neglible unemployment.

They were vague about what skills they had to offer and said they had not yet got around to considering their options…

These Muslim Uighurs are not quite the innocents that this fawning article makes them out to be.


Four detainees watch the Iranian movie "The Color of Paradise" in a trailer in Camp Iguana on Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Nor was their time at Guantanamo so cramped or mal-nourished. They lived in special quarters.

Still, there is no denying their their reward for jihading has come a little early.

They are currently staying in a $200 a night guesthouse while the authorities arrange for them to have travel and work papers. Their expenses are being paid by the Bermudan authorities who are being recompensed by the US government.

And of course the American taxpayer is paying for it.

In fact, millions are being spent to set up these and other Gitmo alumni in vacation spots around the globe.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Freed Detainees Live It Up In Bermuda”

  1. beautyofreason says:

    Absolutely infuriating……released and coddled at our expense.

    To say the left is soft on terrorism would be an understatement.

    By the way, when was the last time the average American could spend $200 / night to stay in a hotel? That’s luxury by my standards.

    And that smiling woman – does she know the Uighurs busted a tv in Guantanamo for showing a woman’s bare arms?

  2. Celina says:

    Those accomodations in the pic from Gitmo there look far more inviting than my husband’s living quarters when he was stationed in Iraq. I haven’t yet seen pics of his tent in Afghanistan but just hearing about it does not make me feel sorry for the Gitmo detainees to put it mildly.

  3. caligirl9 says:

    An aggressive dog eventually bites the hand that feeds it …

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Aiding and abetting the enemy.
    Providing comfort to same.

    Grounds for impeachment.

    “Two of them speak some English and local people say they will have no trouble finding work on an island with neglible unemployment.”

    Let’s hope they DO make it out into the general public where they will get to reap the true reward for their actions.

  5. proreason says:

    Sept / Oct 2008 pretty much wiped out my plans for Bermuda vacations.

    But it’s good to know Obamy’s friends are getting to enjoy a Carribean paradise.

  6. jobeth says:

    Just when you think Obalmy can’t do anything more to disgust you…

    He’s completely shameless. Of course you have to have a conscious to be ashamed. He doesn’t even have a soul, let alone a conscious

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    “On Friday, opposition MPs tabled a motion of no confidence as the embattled leader admitted that the offer to help out with Barack Obama’s Guantanamo Bay clean-out was linked to discussions on the US clampdown on tax havens.

    David Miliband telephoned Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, to express Britain’s disappointment as a state department official admitted the UK was angry….”

    o-blah-blah: “Soooo, Brown – that is your name, righhhht? Ahhhhhh .. so you take some of these detainees and I’ll hold off examining your bank records for a while. (wink wink to emmanuel) We gotta deal?”

    Chicago thug politics.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    “They are currently staying in a $200 a night guesthouse while the authorities arrange for them to have travel and work papers. Their expenses are being paid by the Bermudan authorities who are being recompensed by the US government.”

    Geezuz .. I hope they’re comfy. Let’s not forget that’s likely $200 a nite for EACH .. plus room charges.

    And they said George Bush made us the laughing stock of the world …

    • JohnMG says:

      Look on the bright side. It probably costs us less this way than giving them all the creature comforts at Gitmo. And now at least they are free-roaming pop-up targets. I mean, how many Chinese do you suppose are living in Bermuda?

    • canary says:

      UK is so full of b.s. Fox already did interviews and photos. They said gitmo was great compared to their lives in China. Which many of the prisoners at Gitmo have said. Gitmo was costing U.S. just $4000 dollars a year, and giving work to poor cubans.

  9. gipper says:

    “They were vague about what skills they had to offer and said they had not yet got around to considering their options…”

    Alert the local restaurants and fishmongers! We may have some stout, young men who can chop off heads–fish, that is.

  10. platypus says:

    Am I the only one who thinks three out of the four are showing substantial belly fat? The two in the front right have a shape similar to mine and I’m at least 25 pounds overweight.

    Club Gitmo, indeed. Rush really nailed it when he coined that title.

    • canary says:

      They have been well taken care of medically in Gitmo too. The news has difficult time catching any cruelty at Gitmo. They were in paradise compared to a prison in U.S.
      I saw on the news that dirty bomb terrorists Jose Padilla in prison got a judge to go against another judge and allowing him to sue Bush. The amount one of the most evil creatures in our country has cost our court system is incomprehensable, and just keeps on going. The CIA and FBI know far more about Jose Padilla that these damn Obomies who come in there not knowing anything. Padilla’s attorney is saying it’s over torture. He was never tortured. The original suit was that he developed a stress condition from being in prison.
      Well, he’s got 17 years, and if every prisoner could sue a stress claim for being in prison, it would be outrageous. Yet, everytime, they’d show him on the news, he had a smile on his face, just proud as good be. I can’t remember his muslim name. SOB get’s his own cell and protection, and thinks he’s got it bad in prison. They should be treated equal and put in general poplulation.

  11. Barbie says:

    Is not the public entitled to know upon what grounds these terrorists were released? A judge determined they needed to be released. On what evidence? or I guess more appropriately – what lack of evidence?

    What keeps the Chinese from invading their new Bermuda home. kidnapping them, and taking them back to China? Just curious.


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