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Gitmo suspects UK wants freed are a threat

New British Prime Minister Gordon Brown requested the release of five Gitmo prisoners last week. The Blair government had refused to accept them back when the US determined there were no charges which could be brought against them. The Pentagon warns they are still dangerous and well-connected to al Qaeda, Dipesh Gadher reports for The Sunday Times:


THE Pentagon has claimed that five terror suspects whom Britain wants back from Guantanamo Bay have close ties to some of Al-Qaeda's most high-ranking leaders.

Only days after Gordon Brown took the surprise decision to call for their release, a senior American official this weekend disclosed previously classified evidence to show that the men are "extremely dangerous individuals".

Sandra Hodgkinson, who is in charge of US detention policy, warned that the suspects may seek to rejoin the war on terror and could pose a risk to the UK if not kept under close scrutiny.

In a fresh series of allegations against the men, Hodgkinson claimed that:


Read the rest at the link above.

The inmates at Gitmo are some very bad men. We've already recaptured several whom we felt we had to release to Afghanistan; they had immediately returned to trying to kill Americans. Those, and these suspects (who aren't citizens of the UK, but have residency rights there) were listed for repatriation because we didn't have enough direct evidence on them under the broader guidelines the Pentagon used for them as "enemy noncombatants."

And some people want to close Gitmo and turn them loose, or even bring them here and give them criminal justice rights in our system?


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And some people wa... (Below threshold)
And some people want to close Gitmo and turn them loose, or even bring them here and give them criminal justice rights in our system?

Of course they do. The detainees are just misunderstood.

When I run into someone who advocates releasing them, I ask them if they'll host the poor saps in their towns or in their homes.

When I run into someone... (Below threshold)
marc:

When I run into someone who advocates releasing them, I ask them if they'll host the poor saps in their towns or in their homes.

Then they proceed to drop trow and display their NIMBY tattoo.

Then they proceed to dr... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Then they proceed to drop trow and display their NIMBY tattoo

Bwhahahahahahahahahah....hilarious.

"The inmates at Gitmo are s... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"The inmates at Gitmo are some very bad men." -- Jim Addison

If so, sir, then why has the Bush Administration let more than half of the detainees go? Either

A. With the "War on Terror" going on perpetually, as long as there is the tiniest shred of fear in the hearts of conservatives; the "Bush Administration is incompetent, imperiling the world and nation by letting "bad men" go,

or

B. The Bush Administration is incompetent, in incarcerating for years people who should never have been picked up in the first place, all at taxpayer expense.

Your call, conservatives.

"...didn't have enough direct evidence on them..."

Incredible. So you imprison people FOR YEARS without adequate evidence, just in order to assuage your paranoia, conservatives??? Wow, your wickedness knows no bounds.

Know that I will fight you and your wickedness, conservatives, until the day that I die.

Herman, are you serious?</p... (Below threshold)

Herman, are you serious?

Just as there are criminal suspects who cannot be charged due to lack of direct evidence, but who nonetheless are violent criminals, there are those at Gitmo whom we simply do not have enough evidence to prosecute.

We have tried to repatriate these people to their home countries, but their home countries have refused to take them back - for good reason. This was the case with the subjects of this post as well, until PM Brown changed the UK stance on them.

But don't let facts get in the way of your Bush Derangement Syndrome.

You can be sure had they be... (Below threshold)
philw:

You can be sure had they been IRA Mick terrorists, the dhimmi UK govt would not be whining for their release.

Hey hermie boy how about yo... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey hermie boy how about you take all these poor wittle misunderstood sand fleas in your house and provide for them. That way you will not have to fight us conservatives much longer. Your sand fleas will take care of you for us.

Herman, odd that you want t... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Herman, odd that you want to fight "conservative" wickedness but let liberal wickedness go unremarked.

You should thank your luck that George Bush is not the tyrant that wartime Democrat presidents have been.




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