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US Tries To Buy Peace By Freeing Terrorists

From the Washington Post (of all places):

Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

By Kevin Sieff, Published: May 6

KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.

"Several years" is a little vague, isn’t it? Why do we suspect that this has been going on for about three and a half years?

As the United States has unsuccessfully pursued a peace deal with the Taliban, the “strategic release” program has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces where military power has reached its limits.

As far as we know the attempts to negotiate with the Taliban started under Obama. So the wording of this sentence would seem to confirm our suspicions that this also started under Obama.

But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.

There are no absolute guarantees, however, and officials would not say whether those who have been released under the program have later returned to attack U.S. and Afghan forces once again

For the record, the current recidivism rate for released terrorists is only about 28%. Or more than one out of four of these freed terrorists return to the battlefield.

But we are warning them that if they do, we might detain them again!

“Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks,” said one U.S. official who, like others, discussed the issue on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the program.

And the benefits are what again? Last month was the most deadly month for US troops in Afghanistan so far this year, with 33 of our soldiers killed.

The releases have come amid broader efforts to end the decade-long war through negotiation, which is a central feature of the Obama administration’s strategy for leaving Afghanistan. Those efforts, however, have yielded little to no progress in recent years. In part, they have been stymied by the unwillingness of the United States to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay — a gesture that insurgent leaders have said they see as a precondition for peace talks

The only reason these top ranking terrorists haven’t been released is that some Congressional Democrats are afraid it will hurt them in the upcoming elections. After November Mr. Obama ‘will have much more flexibility.’

Unlike at Guantanamo, releasing prisoners from the Parwan detention center, the only American military prison in Afghanistan, does not require congressional approval and can be done clandestinely. And although official negotiations with top insurgent leaders are seen by many as an endgame for the war, which has claimed nearly 2,000 U.S. lives, the strategic release program has a less ambitious goal: to quell violence in concentrated areas where NATO is unable to ensure security, particularly as troops continue to withdraw. The releases are intended to produce tactical gains but are not considered part of a grand bargain with the Taliban.

What kind of tactical gains are these? If we give you what you want, will you promise not to attack us? That is not "tactics." That is paying tribute.

U.S. officials would not say how many detainees have been released under the program, though they said such cases are relatively rare. The program has existed for several years, but officials would not confirm exactly when it was established

Uh huh.

The process begins with conversations between U.S. military officials and insurgent commanders or local elders, who promise that violence will decrease in their district — or that militants will cease fighting altogether — if certain insurgents are released from Parwan. The value of the tradeoff and the sincerity of the guarantee are then weighed by senior military officials in Kabul, officials said

This is simply insane.

The insurgents released through the secret program are the only detainees at Parwan who are able to circumvent the prison’s judicial review board. Their release is instead approved directly by the United States’ top commander and top military lawyer in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. One official described the process as being “outside of our normal protocol.”

It is also outside of ‘normal thinking.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “US Tries To Buy Peace By Freeing Terrorists”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    There you go….a campaign slogan Obama can really use:

    “We negotiate with terrorists!

    Truly a mind-numbing exercise. It’s so Carter-esque as to make me remember the summer of 1979 all over again.

    And, there are only two possible outcomes from negotiating with terrorists.

    1) We lose
    2) They win

    Well, come to think of it, 1 & 2 are really indistinguishable from one-another. But it makes me wonder as to the motivation(s) of this socialist government we have. Oh, wait…I just answered my own question. Never mind.

    So…our government representatives must be:

    A) Stupid
    B) Complicit with the goal(s) of terrorism
    C) Destructive to US Sovereignty
    D) Desirous of change in the US regardless of how that’s achieved.

    Take your pick, there is no wrong answer.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Doesn’t their religous belief include that part about
    lying to infidels not being a sin?

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    This is treason, by the textbook.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Wrong headline

    It’s not the US doing this

    It’s the evil parasites inside our national body doing this

  5. untrainable says:

    I’m suprised they aren’t doing this in our federal pens (yet). We know you raped and killed 15 unarmed women, cut up their bodies, and buried them in your back yard, but you’re a democrat/socialist/marxist and if you promise to vote for Obama… oh, and not to kill anyone else (at least until after the election) we’ll let you go. But, if you break your promise, we’ll pick you back up after the election, so don’t leave town… OK? Dumbasses.

  6. canary says:

    Obama has been freeing them since he took office. He has released an al-Qaida terrorists like that mastermind behind blowing up so many American officials and Servicemen in Kenya. Obama sent him to NYC and presto released him free and flew him somewhere set free.

    Obama probably had a soft spot for him and looked at him and thought, this could be my son. Obama anti-hatred of America was surely in effect and he may have cheered the slaughter of U.S. American’s in his home country Kenya, as his wife claimed.

  7. canary says:

    It’s sick that Obama is freeing hard core terrorists instead of stopping the violence against our U.S. Soldiers yet especially the other thing rampant since Obama was elected is out troops being killed by the animals they are training and feeding.

    U.S. Marine killed an another wounded by one of Obama’s fellow partner & friend Afghanistan Soldier.
    It’s dumb for us to training any man-made disasters like these uncivil primitive people.


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