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US May Let Gitmo Taliban Detainees Go Free

From a joyous Reuters:

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U.S. may accept less stringent controls for Taliban detainees

By Missy Ryan and Mark Hosenball
March 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has signaled a willingness to accept less-stringent controls on former Taliban leaders who could be transferred to Qatar as part of a deal between the United States and the Afghan militants to kick-start Afghan peace talks, U.S. officials said.

The administration, in negotiations led by the Defense Department, has indicated to Qatar that it would be willing to transfer five Taliban detainees now at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison to the Gulf emirate on condition that Qatari authorities provide assurances the men would not be allowed to leave Qatar, the officials said.

In indicating that it would expect Qatar to restrict the travel of the Taliban leaders, the United States has also signaled that it is willing to forgo tighter restrictions which it had originally discussed with the Qataris, such as imprisonment, house arrest or continuous monitoring by security forces.

That is to say that these top terrorists, several of whom are wanted for ‘war crimes’ by the United Nations, will be allowed to go free for all intents and purposes.

But even this isn’t good enough for our good friend in Qatar and the Taliban:

While the restrictions the Obama administration is willing to accept are less than it first demanded, a U.S. official familiar with the issue said that Qatar is nonetheless balking at agreeing to restrict the Taliban detainees’ travel. U.S. officials say the Taliban are also rejecting the notion that detainees transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar should be subjected to any restrictive conditions

How annoying. The Taliban won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer, even though it is just a fig leaf to help the US ‘save face.’

By law, the administration must provide formal notification to U.S. lawmakers 30 days in advance of any detainee transfers such as the proposed Taliban deal. So far no such notification has been given.

Under current law, lawmakers have no power to block any prisoner transfers. The only legal means Congress would have to halt proposed transfers would be to pass new legislation banning them, which would be subject to a possible presidential veto.

Nonetheless, in an election year, a detainee transfer deal in which former prisoners would not be under tight supervision could provide Obama’s political rivals with fodder for criticizing his counterterrorism policies.

Of course, after he is re-elected, Mr. Obama will have a lot more ‘flexibility.’ Then he will be able to surrender completely to the Taliban without bothering with any of this window-dressing.

Some congressional critics have already raised questions about the publicly known details of the proposed transfer of Taliban detainees. Previously classified Pentagon dossiers on the detainees which were made public by WikiLeaks suggested that some of the five detainees have histories of particularly violent or anti-American activity

The hell you say?

As we have noted before, here are some highlights from the US military’s assessment of three of the soon to be freed detainees who have been named:

Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, Herat governor and acting interior minister. Khairkhwa is “directly associated to Usama Bin Laden (UBL) and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar” and was “trusted and respected by both.”He is “one of the premier opium drug lords in Western Afghanistan”

Mullah Norullah Noori, governor-general of Afghanistan’s northern zone. Noori “is considered one of the most significant former Taliban officials detained at JTF-GTMO” who “led troops against US and Coalition forces” and “was directly subordinate to Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.” He “is wanted by the UN for possible war crimes” [H]is brother is currently a Taliban commander conducting operations against US and Coalition forces…. Detainee would likely join his brother if released.”

Mullah Mohammed Fazl, deputy defense minister. Fazl is “wanted by the UN for possible war crimes while serving as a Taliban Army Chief of Staff and … was implicated in the murder of thousands of Shiites in northern Afghanistan during the Taliban reign.” He has “operational associations with significant al-Qaida and other extremist personnel,” was “involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking” … “If released, [Fazl] would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with anti-Coalition militias (ACM) participating in hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.”

And what are we getting for setting these murderers and drug dealers free? (Hint: nothing.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “US May Let Gitmo Taliban Detainees Go Free”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And once they’re set free, set the count-down clock to the next attack on the US, masterminded by one of these degenerates.

    It is also evidence of how much this president hates this country and how much damage he’s willing to inflict upon it.

    And it’s also why you don’t let people like him even run for office, ANYWHERE.

    He probably wants to do this now because he suspects he won’t get re-elected anyway. Although his ego problems conflict with that potential reality, panic will set in. I fully expect when they are evicted from the white house, there will be some caterwauling and lots of heavily bigoted remarks and expect to see the return of the “casual middle finger”.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Complete utter bulshiite from the head dork.

  3. canary says:

    “While the restrictions the Obama administration is willing to accept are less than it first demanded”

    What Afghan won’t trade the hostages they are holding and Obama is going to let the Gitmo terrorists go free anyways?

  4. wirenut says:

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch. Obama is putting the screws to those real “terrorists”.
    Oil companies? Whhaat!

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Shoulda just shot the bastards.

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