Friday, January 23, 2009

When Muslim Terrorists are Freed...

A chief problem that has always plagued the United States involves the lives of violent felons after they are released from prison. We have a recidivism problem. The bad boys too often go back to the behavior that previously put them in jail. Everyone who studies this problem understands the reasons. We know there are too few legitimate opportunities for ex-convicts. We also know that many choose their former criminal life-styles over more socially acceptable alternatives.

Based on the behavior of felons released from prison, is there any reason to think ideologically driven muslim terrorists will change for the better after they are released from places like the Guantanamo Bay prison camp? Since Islamic terrorists are driven by their murderous ideology, rather than financial gain, which can be satisfied legitimately, the recidivism rate among terrorists is likely to approach 100%.

What can we do with the captured terrorists? Conventional prosecutions are unworkable. In most cases it would be impossible for prosecutors and the defense attorneys to present their cases. Why? Because, the terrorists are prisoners of war, not suspects in criminal cases. Most were captured on battlefields where no one advises detainees of their Miranda Rights. Others were captured as a result of our intelligence-gathering. Prosecuting many of them would require exposure of our agents and methods, which is an unacceptable price to pay for keeping enemy combatants from returning to the fight.

Obama might have made the right move, however. He signed an order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year. As time passes and it becomes clear there is no safe alternative for holding many of the current Gitmo occupants, he will have little or no opposition from fellow Democrats when his people in his administration report to him and the American public that most of these Gitmo prisoners are too dangerous to be released and it is best for all if they remain where they are until our war on Islamic terrorism is won.

Report: Ex-Gitmo detainee joins al-Qaida in Yemen

Cairo, Egypt – An Internet posting purportedly by al-Qaida in Yemen says the group's No. 2 is a Saudi national who is a former Guantanamo detainee.

The Yemeni group — known as "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula" — posted the statement this week on a militant Web site that regularly carries al-Qaida messages.

It says the man returned to his home in Saudi Arabia after his release from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba about a year ago and from there went to Yemen to join the terror group.

The Internet statement identified the man as Said Ali al-Shihri and says his prisoner number at Guantanamo was 372.

The posting could not immediately be verified, and Yemen and Saudi Arabian authorities would not immediately comment on it.


Blogger David B. Dancy said...

The key is seperating the real threat from many innocent victims. A lot of people were swept into the system as a result of bounties and other forms of coercion.
In other words people run 'game' everywhere. True, there are real terrorists but savvy intelligence with a respect for the culture will clearly identify the real threats.
There may be many people who were rather naive and indifferent who have a real beef now.

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