Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PREDATOR STATE SECURITY: These terrorists This guy threatens the existence of the United States of America

Hurry up! Read it before Fox beats everyone over the head with the matter during primetime!

"Before he was released from Guantanamo, a Saudi detainee insisted he had only wanted to help refugees and was not a fighter," reported AP a few minutes ago.

"Now, as an al-Qaida field commander sporting a bandolier of bullets, he is threatening the United States and has been hailed by a militant Web site as a veteran guerrilla and 'a fomenter of war.'"

Fomenter of war -- now there's a big sin you'd never see any American official or pundit committing.

The news story asks you to entertain the belief that absolutely anyone harboring ill will against the US can never be let out of prison because they might go back to the battlefield and try for some payback. It further asks one to swallow the fool's idea that one person, or even a handful of people kept away in stir for years, can overturn our way of life.

It's a way of maintaining that the US can't afford to expose itself to even the slightest danger for the sake of its reputation and principles. It poses, as reasonable, the thought that even the littlest assholes, shaking their fingers and shouting into the Internet camera, pose such a grave menace they require us to forsake fairness and justice.

It is unsurprising that some, maybe a lot, of prisoners held at Guantanamo think bad things of the US. Or that they always have. And that an indeterminate number might drift back to the battlefield if released. That's not a reason to derail plans to close Guantanamo and keep them all locked up forever. A few years ago, one American general commented it would be better for the country's image to let the detainees go and kill them on the battlefield in due course, if that's what circumstances led to. (My memory is imprecise. This was in SA's Secrecy Bulletin, perhaps he can clue me in on the old citation.)

"The story of Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi underscores the dilemma Barack Obama's administration finds itself in: Keeping men locked up without trials invites global criticism but releasing them without a fair and diligent process to distinguish enemies from noncombatants exposes the U.S. and its allies to danger," continued the Associated Press. "It also shows how hard it is to separate truth from lies."

The news apparently stems from information issued by the SITE Institute.

SITE Institute is a small agency in DC and it's sole purpose is to rummage through Islamic terrorist websites, translating downloads, which it then sells to subscribers in the US government, law enforcement or the intelligence contracting industry. Infrequently, its director has shown up as a professional witness for the US government, one whose function is to inform juries that accused people are indeed terrorists who are very dangerous to us all because they have read, or have shown up on or been mentioned by said Islamic terror websites. QED.

Of course, since one terrorist poses an incalculable threat to the US of A and every single life is sacred here, it would obviously be foolish in the extreme to close Guantanamo and try to dust off the country's reputation. Why, more of the detainees might be lying!

"In the video, al-Oufi wore a dark cap and camouflage shirt with a leather bandolier of bullets draped over a shoulder," reported AP. "He had a thick black beard and jabbed a finger into the air as he spoke."

The original from AP.


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