I’ve been covering the Obama and Biden release of Gitmo Jihadis for a while. Obama freed virtually everyone he could manage. The ones left behind were the worst of the worst, but Biden is freeing them anyway. And this particular release is big enough to get the attention of a lot of people.
From the 9/11 Commission Report.
Atta and Binalshibh also discussed “the friend who is coming as a tourist”- a cryptic reference to candidate hijacker Mohamed al Kahtani (mentioned above), whom Hawsawi was sending the next day as “the last one” to “complete the group.” On August 4,Atta drove to the Orlando airport to meet Kahtani. Upon arrival, however, Kahtani was denied entry by immigration officials because he had a one-way ticket and little money, could not speak English, and could not adequately explain what he intended to do in the United States. He was sent back to Dubai…
The terrorists who hijacked three other commercial flights on 9/11 operated in five-man teams.They initiated their cockpit takeover within 30 minutes of takeoff.On Flight 93, however the takeover took place 46 minutes after takeoff and there were only four hijackers.The operative likely intended to round out the team for this flight,Mohamed al Kahtani ,had been refused entry by a suspicious immigration inspector at Florida’s Orlando International Airport in August
So of course the New York Times headlines the story, “Panel Approves Transfer of Saudi Engineer From Guantánamo Bay.”
Also the head of ISIS was an austere religious scholar. Now Mo will get the help he needs.
Unclassified Pentagon documents reveal that U.S. authorities intend to transfer al-Qahtani to Saudi Arabia, where he’s expected to undergo a mental health treatment program.
That would be the infamous Saudi terrorist rehab program that’s more like a 5-star hotel.
With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab center — for violent jihadists.
Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counseling and Care Center, a cushy halfway house between prison and freedom, spotlights a controversial Saudi strategy for tackling homegrown extremists.
“Our focus is on correcting their thoughts, their misconceptions, their deviation from Islam,” Yahya Abu Maghayed, a director at the center, said while giving AFP a golf cart tour of the sprawling, palm tree-lined complex.
Many linked to groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban walk around freely in flowing white robes, and have access to a spacious gym, a banquet hall and furnished apartments reserved for visits from spouses.
Our enemies are laughing at us. And frankly haven’t we given them every possible reason to do so?
According to recently declassified documents, senior al Qaeda operative Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi told a Gitmo parole board that the Saudi government has been encouraging previously released prisoners to rejoin the jihad at its terrorist reform school, officially known as the Prince Mohammed bin Naif Counseling and Care Center.
The Obama administration has praised the effectiveness of the Saudi rehab program — which uses “art therapy,” swimming, ping-pong, PlayStation and soccer to de-radicalize terrorists — and conditioned the release of dozens of Gitmo prisoners, including former Osama bin Laden bodyguards, on their enrollment in the controversial program.
Al-Sharbi dropped a bombshell on the Gitmo parole board at his hearing earlier this year when he informed members that the Saudi kingdom was playing them for suckers. “You guys want to send me back to Saudi Arabia because you believe there is a de-radicalization program on the surface.
“True. You are 100 percent right, there is a strong — externally, a strong — de-radicalization program. But make no mistake, underneath there is a hidden radicalization program,” al-Sharbi added. “There is a very hidden strong — way stronger in magnitude — broader in financing, in all that.”
About al-Sharbi? Biden’s also letting him go.
A U.S. government review panel on Thursday approved the release with security guarantees of a Saudi prisoner at Guantánamo Bay who was captured in Pakistan and held as a suspected bomb maker.
Mr. al-Sharbi, 47, was of particular interest to the United States because, according to a U.S. intelligence profile, he had taken flight school courses in Phoenix with two men who would become hijackers in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
For a time, he was charged with “providing material support for terrorism” for allegedly helping to build car-bomb detonators in the Punjab region of Pakistan that were to be shipped to Afghanistan.
Sabrina P. Shroff, a federal public defender who has represented Mr. al-Sharbi in an unlawful detention case in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for about a year, wrote to the board that he did not pose a threat to the national security of the United States. Ms. Shroff also said that she was “so confident of his goodness” that she would “welcome him in my home,” and gave him her New York City address.
Our enemies are laughing at us.