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Obama To Release Confessed Terrorist

From an elated BBC News:

Guantanamo inmate to be released

July 29, 2009

The Obama administration says it will release Mohammed Jawad, who has been held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp since 2002.

Earlier this month officials admitted that there was no military case for Mr Jawad’s continued detention.

But government lawyers had said they wished to keep him in detention pending a possible criminal prosecution.

The decision could set a precedent leading to the release of other Guantanamo inmates.

His lawyers say they are confident that Mr Jawad will be released and allowed to return to Afghanistan, but the US government still has three weeks to complete a separate criminal investigation before deciding his future.

Mr Jawad was arrested in Afghanistan in December 2002, after being accused of throwing a grenade at a jeep and injuring two US soldiers and their interpreter.

His lawyers say he was 12 years old at the time of his arrest, although Pentagon officials say a bone scan indicates that he was actually 17

His lawyers campaigned for his release, arguing that his confession had been obtained by Afghan officials using torture.

In October 2008, a military judge ruled the confession inadmissible and on 16 July, Judge Huvelle described the US government’s case against Mr Jawad as "an outrage" that was "riddled with holes".

On Friday US authorities said they no longer considered him to be a military prisoner.

But they also said that they intended to construct a criminal case against Mr Jawad, and that he should remain in detention while they did so

Mr Obama said he wanted the camp closed by January 2010.

Alas, this is just as we foretold. (And just what the ACLU wanted.)

But let’s review.

As we have previously noted, Mr. Jawad was seen by an Afghan policeman throwing the grenade at the US soldiers, killing one and wounding another and their interpreter.

Mr. Jawad’s partner was grabbed while in the process of throwing another grenade.

And, Mr. Jawad had two more grenades on his person at the time of his arrest.

As we have also previously noted, the assertion that Mr. Jawad is 12 years old is based on an Afghan ‘rights group’ who claims it was told that by Mr. Jawad’s mother. (As the BBC article notes, the science says he is at least 17.)

Lastly, as we have also already noted, Mr. Jawad confessed to his crimes at least twice – once to the Afghan police and then to the US authorities.

There has been no suggestion that the Americans tortured him.

But never mind all of that.

One of the themes of the Obama regime seems to be ‘guilty as hell, free as a bird.’

Of course this is exactly what one should expect from a Justice Department headed by someone (Eric Holder) whose law firm defended Guantanamo Detaineespro bono.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama To Release Confessed Terrorist”

  1. neocon mom says:

    I cannot imagine what it is like for the families of the fallen and wounded soldier. This punk is going to do the same thing again.
    I understand the cold, eggheaded, anti-patriotic thinking behind this move, and it frightens me. This guy really thinks that shutting down Gitmo was what the public wanted in the first place?

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    I could care less where this guy, o-blah-blah, was born – he’s no American. In my view, he’s a trojan horse and a domestic terrorist!

    God bless our troops .. God bless us all.

  3. Consilience says:

    I’m against releasing bad guys at Gitmo, but detaining someone without filing charges/presenting a case seems a stretch. And I’d warn those who insist the means justify the ends (keeping the bad guys from recidivism)—the same logic which declares these folks enemies of the “state” could easily in Obama-land be turned on “right-wing” extremist too dangerous to mix with everyone else. If the military has a case and evidence, convict the bastard—otherwise we’re setting a dangerous precedent (and I’ve heard the enemy combatant argument convoluted as it is—just remember we don’t have “friendlies” in power and they may use the same logic to deny your Liberty).
    Gitmo serves a valuable purpose to be sure, but until the Congress of the United States declares war, we are not at war and these people, odious as they are, are endowed by the same Creator. As a national policy, we made an enormous error in deploying our troops without an Act of War being declared, so as a point of legality Gitmo establishes a standard that may come back to bite us in the future.
    Don’t get me wrong, I hate the bastards at Gitmo and their sympathizers as much as the next guy—but two wrongs don’t make something right.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    No invitation to the WH for a beer?

    What an unbelievable TRAITOR!!
    He makes Benedict Arnold look like a information peddler!
    Holy Shiite!!
    (where’s my bottle?)

  5. pdsand says:

    Well, I hope this sends a valuable lesson to any Soldier or Marine who is considering taking a prisoner.

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