The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to explore links between a jihadist rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia and Yemeni extremists linked to the failed Christmas Day terror plot.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday rereleased a letter he sent last month to Holder demanding that the Department of Justice suspend a program that sends select Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia to shed their extremist tendencies.
The program has not been successful, Sessions contends, and his letter alleges that 11 of Saudi Arabia’s 85 most-wanted terrorists are “graduates of the Saudi program.”
Sessions also asserts links between the rehabilitation program and Yemeni terrorism. The graduates of the program, according to Sessions, include Said Ali al Shihri, now the deputy leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish, Al Qaeda’s current theological leader on the Arabian Peninsula.