Lying about Gitmo–18.104.22.168H, b12.5.37
Let’s begin with the conclusion- Obama is releasing dangerous terrorists against recommendations of military professionals, he’s doing so at a time when the threat level from radical Islamists is elevated, and he is lying about it He is lying about how many jihadists he has released and lying about their backgrounds, all part of his effort to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
The president is lying. The facts: Ibrahim al Qosi was a senior al Qaeda operative and a close associate of Osama bin Laden. An 11-page classified assessment of Qosi from U.S. military and Intelligence professionals on Joint Task Force Guantanamo was made public by WikiLeaks. From that assessment: “Detainee is an admitted al Qaeda operative and one of the Usama bin Laden’s (UBL) most trusted associates and veteran bodyguard.” And: “Following a 1994 assassination attempt against UBL, UBL chose detainee to be one of approximately ten individuals assigned to his protection detail.
A religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill his obligation to jihad.” The assessment concluded: “Detainee is assessed to be a HIGH risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies.” Barack Obama approved Qosi’s transfer to Sudan in Judy 2012.
Earlier this month, Qosi resurfaced as a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, appearing in a propaganda video for the group -a list that includes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.
“Keep in mind that between myself and the Bush administration hundreds of people have been released and the recidivism rate—we anticipate,” Obama said. “We assume that there are going to be—out of four, five, six hundred people that get released—a handful of them are going to be embittered and still engaging in anti-U.S. activities and trying to link up potentially with their old organizations.”
A total of 653 detainees have been released. Of those 196 are confirmed (117) suspected (79) of returning to jihadist activity.. That’s not a “handful.” It’s almost a third.
“The bottom line is that the strategic gains we make by closing Guantanamo will outweigh, you know, those low level individuals who, you know, have been released so far.” His claim that those released from Guantanamo “so far” have been “low-level individuals.” That’s demonstrably false.
President Obama himself approved the exchange of the so-called Taliban Five, all senior leaders, for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Not one member of the Taliban Five can be considered “low-level.” Indeed all five were senior Taliban commanders judged “high risks” to the United States and its allies by Joint Task Force Guantanamo. All five worked with al Qaeda prior to the 9/11 attacks. U.S. intelligence officials suspect that one or more of them has already reconnected with jihadist brethren and may be assisting the Taliban’s fight. When U.S. Intelligence officials asked a foreign intelligence service, likely the Saudis, to rank more than 100 detainees by threat level. Youssef Mohammed al Shihri, transferred in 2007. ranked fourth. Other released detainees fought alongside Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora, played senior roles in al Qaeda’s financial front groups, and led al Qaeda affiliates. And, of course, the Guantanamo recidivist who prompted the question, Ibrahim al Qosi, was “one of Usama bin Laden’s closest associates.”
He describes the detainees as “embittered,” as if the hatred that inspires them grows from their time in Guantanamo rather than their devotion to a murderous cause. Instead of rejoining the war, the recidivists are merely “trying to link up with their old organizations.
Those are the criteria? Detainees can be released if the, White House determines that they are no more dangerous than, say the leaders of ISIS, AQAP, BOKO HARAM, JABHAT AL NURSA the Haqqani network the khorsan group.
In the space of two weeks, Obama delivered an Oval Office address on ISIS, traveled to the Pentagon for a meeting and photo-op on the military campaign in Iran and Syria, and paid a visit to the National Counterterrorism Center for a briefing and remarks to reporters. The president didn’t announce any significant changes to his strategy. But with his approval on handling terrorism at just 34 percent, the lowest level of his presidency, Obama has been eager to demonstrate he’s paying attention to the issue.
The president of the United States is releasing dangerous terrorists, and he’s lying about it. And yet none of the country’s leading newspapers or broadcast networks has reported Obama’s comments. Not a peep from the legion of self-styled fact-checkers, either. PolitiFact scrutinizes seemingly every guttural noise that emanates from Donald Trump but cannot find the time to assess specious claims from the president on the most pressing issue of the day.
Three days after Obama’s interview with Yahoo, the New York Times published an article on Guantanamo. The top of the article broke news: The administration is planning to accelerate the pace of detainee transfers, with as many as 17 coming before the end of January. The rest of the piece amounted to a long complaint about The rest of the piece amounted to a long complaint about it. And what about Obama’s lies? Not a single word.
source–weekly standard (12/28/20150, stephen hayes, nyt, wash post, cbs, nbc, abc,