by John Hawkins | February 23, 2009 11:40 am
What Barack Obama’s decision to close Gitmo means in real terms: allowing a terrorist who may one day be responsible for setting off a dirty bomb in an American city to walk free,
Binyam Mohamed was also planning to blow up an apartment block in the United States when he was arrested, investigators claimed.
…U.S. authorities claim Mohamed fought against anti-Taliban Northern Alliances forces and, because of his UK residency, was selected by Al Qaeda and trained to construct and detonate a radioactive ‘dirty bomb’.
He was arrested at Karachi airport as he tried to board a London flight in 2002. His photo had been inserted into another man’s genuine British passport.
Ethiopian-born Mohamed, came to London in 1994 as a 16-year-old seeking asylum. He was refused refugee status but granted exceptional leave to remain in 2000.
He studied electronic engineering and got a job as a caretaker in Kensington. He also converted to Islam and attended a mosque frequented by radical Muslims.
The FBI alleged Mohamed watched many jihad videos while working part-time at mosque in 2000.
The next year he is said to have saw Osama bin Laden giving a speech in Afghanistan at the notorious al Farouq camp and it is his presence there that is the crux of his legal battle to have the U.S. papers released.
Obama didn’t just let this guy go, did he? He is going to be in a jail somewhere, right? Not exactly,
A British resident held as a terrorist suspect at GuantÃ¡namo Bay for more than four years is to be flown to Britain next week. Binyam Mohamed could arrive as early as Monday after the US and British governments “reached agreement” on his transfer.
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, announced Mr Mohamed’s return yesterday and said that he would be in Britain “as soon as the practical arrangements can be made”.
Mr Mohamed, 30, has agreed to a number of conditions on his return, which include reporting regularly to the authorities. He is expected to be placed under surveillance but will not be subject to an anti-terror control order, which would severely restrict his movements and access to telephones and the internet.
…Mr Mohamed has been held at the US military detention centre at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, in Cuba, since September 2004. He went on a hunger strike for more than a month at the start of this year and was described by his legal team as “close to starvation”.
The detainee, who lived in London before his arrest in Pakistan in 2002, alleges that he was tortured into falsely confessing to terrorist activities and claims that MI5 officers were complicit in his abuse. Mr Miliband said: “The UK and US governments have reached agreement on the transfer of Binyam Mohamed from GuantÃ¡namo Bay to the UK. This follows recent discussions between the British and US governments and a medical assessment, undertaken by a UK doctor, that Mr Mohamed is medically fit to return.”
If he’s “close to starvation,” can I make a suggestion? Hold him just a little longer? Then, Obama would be happy because he wouldn’t be in Gitmo and the rest of us would be happy because we wouldn’t have to worry about this guy setting off a dirty bomb in an American city one day.
PS: I know this guy is claiming to have been tortured. Of course, he can make up anything he wants since the details aren’t going to be released. But, yes, I do think he made it up because there hasn’t been any credible evidence of torture at Gitmo if you set aside the laughable left-wing definition of “torture” which would probably label most of the football coaches and frat brothers in America as “torturers.” Whatever the case may be, there is absolutely no way this guy should ever be allowed to have his freedom again. If you attend an Al-Qaeda camp and get captured, it should be execution or a lifetime in prison — period.
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