Catherine Moy, Move America Forward
Back when he was safely guarded at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul was known as Prisoner No. 8. Now he’s a Taliban leader known as Mullah Abdullah Zaki.
Yes, the release of gitmo detainees is dangerous in many cases. And President Obama has ordered the prison closed with no plans on where to put the terrorists and suspected terrorists.
And Zaki has big goals: To fight the American troops in Obama’s surge in Afghanistan.
the AP reports:
Pentagon and intelligence officials said Rasoul has emerged as a key militant figure in southern Afghanistan, where violence has been spiking in the last year. Thousands of U.S. troops are preparing to deploy there to fight resurgent Taliban forces.
One intelligence official told the Associated Press that Rasoul’s stated mission is to counter the U.S. troop surge.
That sure makes us feel better, doesn’t it? The surge of troops that Obama has ordered into AFghanistan will face terrorists we once held at Gitmo. Tell me again why we shouldn’t hold them until the war is over, the same way President Lincoln and other presidents have done??
More than 800 prisoners have been imprisoned at Guantanamo; only a handful have been charged. About 520 Guantanamo detainees have been released from custody or transferred to prisons elsewhere in the world.
A Pentagon tally of the detainees released show that 122 were transferred from Guantanamo in 2007, more than any other year.
The Pentagon’s preferred option is to hand them over to their home governments for imprisonment. But the Defense Intelligence Agency’s growing list of former prisoners that have rejoined the fight shows that, in some cases, that system does not work.
According to the Pentagon, at least 18 former Guantanamo detainees have “returned to the fight” and 43 others are suspected of resuming terrorist activities. The Pentagon has declined to provide a complete list of the former prisoners they suspect are now on the battlefield.
Keep in mind that Obama’s own report and his AG have said that Gitmo is professionally run and humane. I saw the prison firsthand. No problems. Only hardworking American troops serving the dignity and professionalism. I am proud of our troops and stand by them.