Before 2001, Abdullah Salih al Ajmi was a low-level volunteer in the Kuwaiti military, where among other tasks, he had responsibility for a mid-level al Quaeda kin (who was on the) various security's hot list. Possibly the slow pace of beheadings scared him; could the reward for a drawn-out martyrdom be limited only to grand-mother-age virgins? For whatever reason, sometime before September 11th, al Amji deserted the Kuwaiti military service, joining instead the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The Taliban gave al Ajmi an AK-47 and hand grenades, but don't normally deploy military uniforms or wear insignia of rank.
In mid-2004, al Ajmi was found to be an "enemy combatant." But about the same time, al Ajmi started his make-over from war-criminal to justice-seaker, to non-violent poet. First, he claimed he went to Afghanistan "to study the Quran" not to fight Americans and other Muslims] [unclear whether such studies were cleared with his Kawuati officers] He suddenly claimed to be a victim of torture. In short, al Ajmi rapidly became another Git'mo cause celeb among the left, which, per force, entitles one to a battery of high-powered lawyers. One of his counsel read al Ajmi's poetry at a 2006 anti-Gitmo "teach-in" held at Seton Hall University. al Ajmi's lead counsel took the detainees case as far as it could go; the same summer of the status hearing, al Ajmi was among 14 detainees afforded the right to a hearing by the SCOTUS the Supreme Court's Rasul ruling.
Instead of holding a hearing, and without explanation, the government transferred al Ajmi to Kuwati authorities in late 2005. In July 2006, Kuwaiti courts acquitted and released him. According to a Sunni fundamentalist from Kuwait who has been linked by the United Nations and the United States to al-Qaida, al Ajmi and two others left Kuwait early this year "only after a martyrdom operation was prepared for them in agreement with coordinators" in Iraq.
On March 23rd, a suicide bomber killed 12, and wounded 42, Iraqi soldiers at an army outpost in western Mosul. A recent al Qaeda propaganda tape credits al Ajmi with the attack. (A report in May fingering al Ajmi with another bombing in April apparently was wrong.) As Rusty Shackleford reports, given the appearance of a U-Tube martyrdom video, al Ajmi apparently got his wish.
Lefties immediately identified the culprit: America. "This is what we create with torture and no due process," claimed The Zoo blog. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, says "I assure you that US misconduct in Guantanamo has generated far more terrorists than the release of detainees have." So, did Git'mo create a terrorist? Hardly: al Ajmi previously said he was searching for "a way to reconnect with the jihad."
According to the DoD, al Ajim is the 37th released detainee "confirmed or suspected" to have returned to terrorism. Yet, Senators McCain and Obama each vow to close Guantanamo. Does that mean mass-emancipation? US soldiers simply could shoot unlawful combatants encountered on the battlefield. Assuming we decide against that approach, what's the next best option? Other nations face similar issues (albeit smaller scope).
MaxedOutMama in comments:
I was searching for info on recidivism rates recently, and ran into a BBC article in which a Saudi was quoted as touting their wonderful rehab program - only 5-7% recidivism, whereas this Saudi said the famed Yemeni program was generating very high rates of recidivism nearly 70%. BBC article.The "best quick evidence" (Assistant Village Idiot's words) that the best weapon against anti-anti terrorism is facts.
The numbers given out by DoD are less than 10%, so it may well be that Gitmo is quite efficacious at restraining jihad.
(via Combs Spouts Off)