President Obama has made it clear since 2008 that he wants Guantanamo Bay detention center closed, even though the purpose it serves will still exist in the facility’s absence. Mr. Obama’s recent push to clear out as many Islamic terrorists as possible puts political gain before national security, and it’s a good bet that the decisions made now will blow up in an American’s face — literally.
Consider the case of Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, who was released in 2006 under the presumption that he would go into a Saudi “rehab” program for radical Islamic terrorists. The Bush administration caved into pressure to release some of Gitmo’s inmates, and today the U.S. government is once again looking for al-Rubaysh.
The U.S. Department of State said Dec. 18:
Ibrahim al-Rubaysh is a senior leader of AQAP, a designated [Foreign Terrorist Organization] and Specially Designated Global entity. He serves as a senior advisor for AQAP operational planning and is involved in the planning of attacks. He has served as a senior AQAP sharia official since 2013, and as a senior AQAP sharia official, al-Rubaysh provides the justification for attacks conducted by AQAP. In addition, he has made public statements, including one in August 2014 where he called on Muslims to wage war against the United States. In addition, since October 14, 2014, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh has been subject to a five million dollar Reward for Justice.
Now think about the 30 men released by the Obama administration from Gitmo over the past year.
Fox News reported Wednesday:
MIAMI – Five men who were held for a dozen years at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan for resettlement, the U.S. government announced Tuesday.
The two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen had been cleared for release from the prison by a government task force but could not be sent to their homelands. The U.S. has sent hundreds of prisoners from Guantanamo to third countries but this is the first time Kazakhstan has accepted any for resettlement.
Their release brings the prison population at Guantanamo to 127, according to a Pentagon statement. …
Nearly 30 prisoners have been resettled in third countries this year as part of President Barack Obama’s renewed push to close the detention center over opposition from Congress.
It is mighty strange that an Islamic radical would be deemed safe for release by U.S. officials, but yet said radical’s own country doesn’t want anything to do with him. If the U.S. is so worried about the recidivism rate of Islamic radicals who start hanging out with their old friends face-to-face, then it’s probably not a good idea to release those very same individuals to Kazakhstan.
Catch-and-release programs are appropriate for communities that must deal with local fisherman, but they do not work well for nation states dealing with terrorist organizations. Expect more $5 million rewards for former Gitmo detainees in the future, but don’t expect the media to cover the decisions to release them in the first place.