Which terrorists may be released in the USA?

Several of the detainees the Obama administration is considering releasing into the United States are Chinese Muslims that were trained by al-Qaida in Tora Bora, Afghanistan.

This is an update to last weeks post, Guantanamo detainees in the US and enhanced interrogation techniques.

Gateway Pundit brings us the video, and more, from Fox News anchor Eric Shawn interviewing guest USMC Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Bill Cowan.

The Obama Administration announced on Friday that they were planning on releasing “non-threatening” Gitmo detainess (sic) inside the US. Team Obama even wants to give these terrorists financial assistance.

The main group of terrorists in question are the 17 Uighur Muslim separatists from China. Team Obama says they are not a threat. But, who are they then and what are they doing in Gitmo?

The video from Fox News…


As a second item, Paul at Power Line Blog digs into the statement made by the director of National Intelligence referring to the possible within-the-USA option.

Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence, held his first press conference last week. Scott wrote about it here, focusing on the first portion of this comment by Blair:

If we are to release them in the United States, you can’t just sort of, as you said, put them on the street and there, but we need some sort of assistance to them to start a new life and not return to some of the conditions that may have inspired them in the first place.

I would like to focus on the last part of the sentence – the reference to detainees “return[ing] to some of the conditions that may have inspired them in the first place.” Rarely have so few words betrayed so much confusion.

Blair did not explain what conditions he was afraid might replicate those that “inspired” released detainees to become terrorists in the first place, but he must have been talking about conditions in the U.S. (since, astonishingly, the discussion was about releasing the detainees here) and he must have been talking about economic conditions (since, astonishingly, he was talking about providing the terrorists with material assistance).

Does our DIA really believe that economic conditions in the U.S. inspire people to engage in terrorism? …

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  1. Wyndeward on March 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Not for nothing, but even the Uighars that everyone has been hand-wringing over not giving back to China have been through AQ training camps.

    Additionally, terrorists don't usually come from the poor.  Usama is a scion of wealth.  Many of the terrorist leaders in Gaza and the West Bank are college education — doctors, lawyers, etc.  The peasants, as a rule, rarely go in for terrorism or revolution, at least not on the ground floor.  Banditry, maybe, but they're in it for the money.  Even the suicide bombers are more mercenary than martyr, what with the financial inducements the family receives in the aftermath.

  2. phil on March 30, 2009 at 2:09 am

    So, are we going to send the terrorists, sorry that wasn't very P.C. of me, was it? insurgents back home with a fruit basket?

    Republicans torture.  Democrats use 'enhanced interrogation techniques.'  A rose by any other name….

  3. PatRiot on March 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The key is to give them to Amnesty International.  AI can fund their support.  They can also keep America safe from the detainees and vice versa.

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