Benghazi Consulate Attack Leader was Freed from Gitmo

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Score another one for the New York Times and the ACLU.

Both Messrs. Hasady and Ben Qumu were picked up by Pakistani authorities after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and were turned over to the U.S. Mr. Hasady was released to Libyan custody two months later. Mr. Ben Qumu spent six years at Guantanamo Bay before he was turned over to Libyan custody in 2007. They were both released from Libyan prisons in 2008 as part of a reconciliation with Islamists in Libya.

That reconciliation was brokered by the Muslim Brotherhood and it did Gaddafi in. There’s a lesson for us in that as well.

Until recently the New York Times was making disapproving noises about the Libyan Islamists that we turned over to Gaddafi. Not that we freed them, but that we abandoned them to the mercy of a terrible tyrant. That terrible tyrant let them go because of the doings of his idiot Western educated son.

According to Fox’s sources, Sufyan Ben Qumu (whose name has also been listed as Sofiane Ibrahim Gammu) may have led the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. That attack led to the deaths of four Americans including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

But that’s okay. The New York Times and the other useful idiots will explain to us shortly that if Qumu hadn’t been held in Gitmo, he never would have been so resentful as to launch an attack on our consulate. Sure, he was already in Al Qaeda, but that was probably because he had memories of being held in Gitmo before that in a past life.

  • Indioviejo

    If we dispense justice through public opinion then it is no longer fair nor impartial. Enemy combatants are terrorist, and we are at war with terrorist, so by existing standards they should be held until the end of the war. Nevertheless, the fifth column at the home front insists that we close Guantanamo and either let them go, or give them a trial. They are wrong and they know it. What is the rate of recidivism? 30-40-50%? It doesn't matter, we are releasing well trained terrorist at our own peril, as we have seen, time and again. Let Guantanamo stay open for the duration of the war.

  • LibertyMan

    Actually non-uniformed combatants can be executed as spys. But then the leftists would say we are meanys because they were too poor to buy uniforms and we should of bought uniforms for them. But I get your jist.