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Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families
AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,

Posted on 01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST by Cindy

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.

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1 posted on 01/20/2009 2:48:22 AM PST by Cindy
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And the Gorelick wall of separation between the FBI and CIA will be put back into place.


2 posted on 01/20/2009 2:59:44 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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"9/11? Man, that is so 2001. Get over yourselves, and quit playin' the victim people. I'm about to show you who the real victims are: those who took on loans they couldn't pay back and business people who ran their enterprises into the ground. THEY are the real victims. And you taxpayers, you and your great-great-great grandkids...you're gonna pay for their suffering. No idle hands in our effort to aggrandize me as the Savior of America."
3 posted on 01/20/2009 4:05:14 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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So the question I have is:

Since the barriers to a terror attack are coming down, which American city can we do without? We are effectively going to lose at least one to an attack in the next four years. I vote for SF.


4 posted on 01/20/2009 5:03:33 AM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: Cindy
Obama's nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder, in his confirmation hearing, said the commissions lack sufficient legal protections for the defendants

And protecting the defendants always seems more important to liberals than obtaining justice for the victims.

5 posted on 01/20/2009 7:30:24 AM PST by freespirited (Help save humanity. Find a cure for the RINOvirus.)
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From FOX News:

“To me it’s beyond comprehension that they would take the side of the terrorists,” said Peter Gadiel, whose son, James, was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. “Many of these people have been released and been right back killing, right back at their terrorist work again.”

“There is no need to suspend [the military commissions]. There is no reason why [Obama] can’t conduct a concurrent review at the same time that the military commission process is moving forward to render justice for the terrorists that have murdered thousands of people,” said former Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, who lost 17 sailors during a suicide bombing attack on the USS Cole in 2000. A suspect in the case is being held at Guantanamo.

“It demeans their deaths because we seem to be more concerned with the rights of detainees than we are with the justice that is being denied to my sailors that were killed,” Lippold told FOXNews.com.


6 posted on 01/21/2009 2:18:03 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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““To me it’s beyond comprehension that they would take the side of the terrorists,” said Peter Gadiel...”

Sympathy Ditto.


7 posted on 01/21/2009 3:00:43 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52750

President Directs Suspension of Guantanamo Bay Commissions

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2009 – Responding to a presidential directive, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday ordered a suspension of active military commission proceedings at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Pentagon official said here today.

President Barack Obama, who had called for the Guantanamo facility’s closure during his campaign, directed Gates to pause legal proceedings involving alleged terrorists being held and tried there, pending further guidance from the White House, spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters.

The president directed the secretary, who then directed the Office of Military Commissions, to cease referring any new cases through the military-commissions process at Guantanamo and to request 120-day continuances on all ongoing active cases there, Whitman said.

Whitman said he anticipates that further White House guidance regarding Guantanamo Bay will follow.

“The president has clearly made his intentions well known” regarding activities at the detention center, Whitman said.

Gates has recommended shutting down the Guantanamo detention center since he was appointed defense secretary more than two years ago. In December, Gates requested a proposal for closing the facility.

Gates has stated that requirements for closing Guantanamo include constructing legislation that provides statutory framework for housing detainees outside the confines of Guantanamo Bay, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters during a Dec. 18 news conference.

The defense secretary “has asked his team for a proposal on how to shut it down [and] what would be required specifically to close it and move the detainees from that facility, while at the same time ensuring that we protect the American people from some very dangerous characters,” Morrell said.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 established procedures governing the use of military commissions to try alien unlawful enemy combatants engaged in hostilities against the United States for violations of the law of war and other offenses that can be tried by military commission, according to a military-commissions fact sheet.

The detention center at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay has housed nearly 800 suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places since the start of the global war on terrorism that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

About 250 people are being held at Guantanamo today, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

Related Sites:
Military Commissions Act of 2006
Military Commissions Fact Sheet
Joint Task Force Guantanamo
Related Articles:
Detainee Treatment Remains Key as Officials Weigh Guantanamo’s Future
Guantanamo Solution Remains a Defense Department Priority, Spokesman Says
Gates Requests Plan for Guantanamo Closure


8 posted on 01/21/2009 4:05:33 PM PST by Cindy
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Murtha Says He’d Take Guantanamo Prisoners in His District
foxnews.com ^ | January 21, 2009 | Chad Pergram
Posted on January 21, 2009 4:10:17 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., says he’d be willing to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his congressional district if President Obama makes good on a plan to close the U.S. prison there.

As one of his first acts in office, the president circulated a draft Wednesday that would shut down Guantanamo Bay within a year.

Murtha only has a minimum security prison in his district. But he says he’d have no reservations about holding detainees there in a maximum security prison.

“Sure, I’d take ‘em,” said Murtha, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war. “They’re no more dangerous in my district than in Guantanamo.”

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9 posted on 01/22/2009 2:40:00 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52771

Obama Calls for Closing Guantanamo Bay, Changes in Detainee Treatment

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 – President Barack Obama today called for the closing of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within one year.
In a series of executive orders concerning the treatment of detainees in American custody, Obama also ordered the creation of a group tasked with detainee disposition, governmentwide use of the Army field manual’s interrogation rules and the delay of a high-profile hearing.

“The message that we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism,” the president said at the signing ceremony here. “And we are going to do so vigilantly, we are going to do so effectively, and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals.”

The directive comes two days after Obama asked Pentagon officials to pause legal proceedings involving alleged terrorists being held and tried at Guantanamo.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who responded to the presidential request Jan. 20, has recommended shutting down the Guantanamo detention center since early in his two-year tenure.

A thorny legal question surrounding the closure of the detention center is the fate of some of the roughly 250 people currently held there.

Obama today ordered the formation of an interagency task force responsible for providing recommendations on handling such detainees. The group will comprise Gates; Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; the directors of national intelligence and the CIA; and the secretary of Homeland Security and other officials.

“They are going to provide me with information in terms of how we are able to deal in the disposition of some of the detainees that may be currently in Guantanamo that we cannot transfer to other countries, who could pose a serious danger to the United States, but we cannot try because of various problems related to evidence in a [federal] court,” Obama said.

Another directive Obama endorsed today calls for all U.S. interrogations to abide by rules articulated in the Army Field Manual 2-22.3. The manual, released in September 2006, lays out specific guidelines for military members involved in detention and interrogation, and Obama’s order extends the mandate to all U.S. government personnel.

“We believe that the Army Field Manual reflects the best judgment of our military; that we can abide by a rule that says we don’t torture, but that we can still effectively obtain the intelligence that we need,” the president said. “[It’s] an understanding that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct not just when it’s easy, but also when it’s hard.”

Obama also called for a delay in the Supreme Court hearing of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident detained in Peoria, Ill., in 2001, after then-President George W. Bush deemed him an enemy combatant. A Defense Department news release at the time said Marri received this designation “due to recent credible information provided by other detainees in the war on terrorism.”

Marri’s case has generated attention from news outlets questioning the legality of the enemy combatant designation applied to him.

“He is clearly a dangerous individual,” Obama said of Marri. “His case is currently before the Supreme Court, [and] we have asked for a delay in going before the Supreme Court and dealing with this case so that we can properly review the evidence against him and the various policies that have been presented up until this time.”

Related Sites:
Joint Task Force Guantanamo
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President Directs Suspension of Guantanamo Bay Commissions
Detainee Treatment Remains Key as Officials Weigh Guantanamo’s Future
Guantanamo Solution Remains a Defense Department Priority, Spokesman Says
Gates Requests Plan for Guantanamo Closure
New Documents Outline Detention, Interrogation Policies


10 posted on 01/22/2009 6:37:13 PM PST by Cindy
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“Prez Obama closing Gitmo: 9/11 families object; terrorist attacks likely”
911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | September 22, 2009 | Tim Sumner


11 posted on 01/22/2009 6:40:29 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52774

Gates Cites Positive Response to Pending Guantanamo Closure

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s decision to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has made a positive impression in the world community, and that will assist America in its fight against global terrorism, the Defense Department’s top official said here today.

Closing Guantanamo “creates additional opportunities for us in terms of partnering with other countries and other countries’ eagerness to work with us in dealing with violent extremists,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference.

Some countries apparently are mulling taking in detainees, Gates said, as part of the process of shuttering Guantanamo.

Such a development, Gates said, indicates that news of Guantanamo’s impending closure “is being positively received” across the world.

“As I said, I think that creates opportunities for us,” Gates said.

Obama earlier today signed three executive orders, one of which directs the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay within the year. Another order signed by the president directs the stand up of a special interagency task force that will study the future disposition of present Guantanamo detainees that cannot be transferred to other countries and that pose a serious danger to the United States.

Obama said at the signing ceremony that his executive order impacting Guantanamo’s detainee operations was issued “to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the [Defense Department] at Guantanamo, and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interest of justice.”

A process will be developed, Obama continued, to implement closure of the detainee center at Guantanamo “no later than one year from now.”

Obama directed Gates on Jan. 20 to cease referring any new cases through the military-commissions process at Guantanamo Bay and to request 120-day continuances on all ongoing active cases there.

Management of housing and legal proceedings involving Guantanamo’s detainee population has been under the purview of the Defense Department since the detention center was opened shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Gates has recommended shutting down the Guantanamo detention center since he was appointed defense secretary more than two years ago.

“Clearly the challenge that faces us — and that I’ve acknowledged before — is figuring out how do we close Guantanamo and at the same time safeguard the security of the American people,” Gates said. “And that’s the challenge we will continue to face.

“I believe that there are answers to those questions,” the secretary continued, “but we clearly have a lot of work to do and the executive order spells out, I think, the work that has to be done to get there.”

Gates said he was among the least-qualified people to offer an opinion as to how detainees should or would be handled in the legal system after leaving Guantanamo.

“I think those recommendations will be made by the [U.S.] Justice Department, perhaps with the input of the White House Counsel for the President,” Gates said.

Another executive order that was signed by Obama today directs the U.S. military and other U.S. agencies to follow the Army Field Manual, which bans torture when interrogating detainees “to promote the safe, lawful and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody,” Obama said.

The directive, he added, highlights the importance for the United States to comply with the Geneva Conventions, which ban torture and specify humane treatment of all prisoners during wartime. Some detainees held at Guantanamo have said that they were tortured.

“I think you have to weigh the costs of the more severe interrogation measures with, as the president talked about in his inaugural address, our values and the impact on our values,” said Gates, who has also served as director of the CIA.

Gates added, “We know a lot more about al-Qaida now than we did during the early years” of the war against terrorism. Consequently, the requirement “for measures that go outside the Army Field Manual is dramatically less than it was several years ago,” he said.

“So, based on my experience in both arenas, I am very comfortable with where the executive order places us,” Gates said.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 established procedures governing the use of military commissions to try alien unlawful enemy combatants engaged in hostilities against the United States for violations of the law of war and other offenses that can be tried by military commission, according to a military commissions fact sheet.

The detention center at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay has housed nearly 800 suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places since the start of global war on terrorism that followed the 9/11 attacks.

About 250 people are being held at Guantanamo today, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Biographies:
Robert M. Gates
Related Sites:
Military Commissions Act of 2006
Military Commissions Fact Sheet
Joint Task Force Guantanamo

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12 posted on 01/22/2009 6:47:02 PM PST by Cindy
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“Here’s your jihadi recidivism”
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13 posted on 01/23/2009 2:48:58 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52796

Defense Officials Address Detainee Concerns

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2009 – As the Defense Department prepares plans to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defense officials acknowledge the possibility that released detainees could return to the battlefield.

“It’s something that we’re cognizant of. It’s obviously something that we try to assess at the time of transfer when we are looking at these individuals,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters today.

President Barack Obama yesterday signed an executive order that directs the closure of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo within a year.

The detention center has housed nearly 800 suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places since the start of the global war on terrorism that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. About 250 detainees are being held at Guantanamo, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

Of the more than 500 detainees who have been transferred from Defense Department custody, 18 allegedly have resumed terrorist activities and another 43 former detainees are suspected of having resumed their former lives, Whitman said.

Whitman addressed a query from a reporter citing news reports that a former Guantanamo detainee had apparently become an associate leader for al-Qaida in Yemen.

Guantanamo inmates’ cases are reviewed annually, Whitman said, to ascertain whether or not they qualify for release. However, he said, there’s no guarantee released individuals won’t return to terrorism.

“You can’t have absolute certainly,” Whitman acknowledged.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday acknowledged there are challenges inherent with shuttering the center.

“Clearly, the challenge that faces us, and that I’ve acknowledged before, is figuring out how do we close Guantanamo and at the same time safeguard the security of the American people,” he said.

There “are answers to those questions,” Gates said, noting there is “a lot of work to do.”

Biographies:
Robert M. Gates
Related Articles:
Gates Positive Response to Pending Guantanamo Closure
Obama Calls for Closing Guantanamo Bay, Changes in Detainee Treatment


14 posted on 01/24/2009 12:41:05 AM PST by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 14:

"Whitman addressed a query from a reporter citing news reports that a former Guantanamo detainee had apparently become an associate leader for al-Qaida in Yemen.

Guantanamo inmates’ cases are reviewed annually, Whitman said, to ascertain whether or not they qualify for release. However, he said, there’s no guarantee released individuals won’t return to terrorism.

“You can’t have absolute certainly,” Whitman acknowledged."

15 posted on 01/24/2009 12:42:24 AM PST by Cindy
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RECAP AND UPDATED:

THE MEMRI BLOG.org ("Source: Arab News, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2009") (Posted January 23, 2009)

AFP via Google: Sanaa - "YEMEN SAYS 94 GUANTANAMO INMATES HOME WITHIN THREE MONTHS" (January 23, 2009)


ZEE NEWS.com - India Edition: Washington - "RELEASED GUANTANAMO DETAINEE NEW YEMEN AL QAEDA COMMANDER" (SNIPPET: "...Said Ali al-Shihri, who was jailed at Guantanamo for six years after his capture in Pakistan, has resurfaced as a leader of a Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda." SNIPPET: "That announcement, which carried the video post of al-Shihri, also included a second video of a second militant who identified himself as Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi and claimed he had also been a Guantanamo captive, later released.") (January 24, 2009)
JIHAD WATCH.org (NEW YORK TIMES): "FORMER GITMO DETAINEE NOW AMONG TOP DOGS IN AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN" (January 23, 2009)

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JIHADICA.com - blog: "SAUDI AND YEMENI BRANCHES OF AL-QAIDA UNITE" (January 24, 2009)


JIHADICA.com - blog: "New Issue of Sada al-Malahim" (January 19, 2009)

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JIHAD WATCH.org (REUTERS): "PENTAGON: 61 EX-GITMO INMATES HAVE RETURNED TO JIHAD" (January 13, 2009)


DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "DEFENSE OFFICIALS ADDRESS DETAINEE CONCERNS" by Gerry J. Gilmore (SNIPPET: "However, he said, there's no guarantee released individuals won't return to terrorism.") (January 23, 2009)



WASHINGTON TIMES.com - exclusive: "OBAMA TO CLOSE TERRORIST 'BLACK SITES'" by Sara A. Carter and Eli Lake (SNIPPET: "President Obama on Thursday will order the closure of so-called black sites, where CIA and European security services have interrogated terrorist suspects, under executive orders dismantling much of the Bush admistration's architecture for the war on terror, according to four individuals familiar with a draft executive order.") (January 21, 2009)
stepping back in time...UPI.com: Washington - "BUSH ORDERS CIA 'BLACK SITES' CLOSED" (Published September 8, 2006, 8:08 am)


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OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "IN THE FUTURE..." (January 22, 2009)



FOX NEWS.com: "MURTHA SAYS HE'D TAKE GUANTANAMO PRISONERS IN HIS DISTRICT" by Chad Pergram (SNIPPET: "But that idea disturbs House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Most communities around America don't want dangerous terrorists imported into their neighborhoods," Boehner said in a statement.") (January 21, 2009)
DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "OBAMA CALLS FOR CLOSING GUANTANAMO BAY, CHANGES IN DETAINEE TREATMENT" by John J. Kruzel (January 22, 2009)

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DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "PRESIDENT DIRECTS SUSPENSION OF GUANTANAMO BAY COMMISSIONS" by Gerry J. Gilmore (January 21, 2009)

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FOX NEWS.com (AP): "OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO HALT GUANTANAMO TRIALS" (January 21, 2009)

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TRUTHUSA.com: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

16 posted on 01/24/2009 1:51:37 PM PST by Cindy
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A 9/11 family member chides the new President for closing Guantanamo terror camp

911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | Janaury 25, 2009 | Michael Burke
Posted on January 25, 2009 3:26:05 AM PST by Sergeant Tim

This morning, the New York Daily News published my op-ed on President Barack Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo and suspend the Military Commissions:

With his shameful order to close Guantanamo Bay, President Obama has perfectly filled the stereotype of the classic clueless ultra-Liberal — the one who can generate great passion for the rights of the guilty defendant and none for the innocent victim.
With a single stroke of the pen, Obama has delayed justice for the victims of 9/11, and in essence granted a reprieve for Al Qaeda mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11.

America does not honor our “rule of law and the rights of man” as he put in his inauguration speech by such an action. Instead, this nation abdicated its duty to justice.

It seems the new President is too far removed from the victims of 9/11. Victims like 11-year-old Bernard Curtis Brown, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. Everyone onboard was killed, as well as [125] people in the Pentagon. Curtis was on a trip with several of his classmates to California sponsored by National Geographic.

Obama and the Democrats have had a blind spot for 9/11 and have yet to show they have an ounce of understanding what happened that day.

Here is why we were attacked: Muslim extremists hate Americans and want us dead. Our policies in no way influenced the vitriol perpetuated on innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at 911familiesforamerica.org ...


17 posted on 01/25/2009 3:30:10 AM PST by Cindy
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LONG WAR JOURNAL.org - blog: "RETURN TO JIHAD" by Thomas Joscelyn (SNIPPET: ""By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for," al Shihri says.") (January 25, 2009, 10:30 am)

18 posted on 01/25/2009 4:37:54 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.investigativeproject.org/article/984

“National Security Court? We Already Have One”

by Bill West
IPT News
January 26, 2009


19 posted on 01/26/2009 7:24:47 PM PST by Cindy
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COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "GUANTANAMO'S MANIPULATORS LEADING THE NEW JIHAD" by Walid Phares (January 27, 2009)

20 posted on 01/27/2009 12:27:30 AM PST by Cindy
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Well, well, well... no surprise, the jihadis are giving the Obama administration a verbal pat on the back:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LR340030.htm

“Taliban say Guantanamo closure “positive step””
27 Jan 2009 23:41:41 GMT
Source: Reuters

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) -
SNIPPET: “”Obama’s move to close Guantanamo detention centre is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world...,” the Taliban said in a message posted on Islamist websites, monitored by the U.S.-based terrorism monitor, the SITE Intelligence Group.

The message said Obama had to reverse the policies of former President George W. Bush in Afghanistan and the Islamic world.

“If Obama is right and, according to his words, wants to open a new page based on peaceful interaction built on mutual respect with the Islamic world, the first thing he has to do is to stop and annul all these procedures, which were created according to Bush’s criminal policy,” it said.

“He must completely withdraw all his forces from the two occupied Islamic countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), and to stop defending Israel against Islamic interests in the Middle East and the entire world,” the Taliban message said.”


21 posted on 01/27/2009 5:16:49 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/taleban
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/taliban


22 posted on 01/27/2009 5:17:58 PM PST by Cindy
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Where’s the jersey girls?

Done with their fits?


23 posted on 01/27/2009 5:18:32 PM PST by MartinStyles
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No idea.
Maybe they applied as cheer leaders for the Big Zero.


24 posted on 01/27/2009 5:19:35 PM PST by Cindy
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NOTE: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2173110/posts

Bomber’s Martyrdom Tape Renews Fears Over Consequences of Closing Gitmo
Fox ^ | 1/27/2009 | Fox
Posted on January 27, 2009 5:31:22 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

As President Obama pushes for the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison, the debate over where to house the terror detainees being held there is heating up.

An exclusive video of a former Gitmo detainee’s martyrdom tape, obtained by FOX News, is a reminder of the concerns that terror suspects — who have been held but released from Guantanamo Bay — are increasingly returning to the fight against the United States and its allies.

Abdallah Ali al-Ajmi was transferred back to his home country of Kuwait after his release from Guantanamo in 2005. Last April he blew himself up in a homicide attack that killed 12 people in Mosul, Iraq.

Al-Ajmi, known in Guantanamo as Detainee 220, made his martyrdom tape before the attack.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


25 posted on 01/27/2009 5:35:12 PM PST by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 21:

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www.nefafoundation.org/documents-original.html#taliban0109
www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/nefataliban0109.pdf

BLOG:

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/01/nefa_foundation_taliban_insist.php

“NEFA Foundation: Taliban Insist “Closing the Cages of Guantanamo Is Not Enough””
By Evan Kohlmann
(January 28, 2009)


26 posted on 01/28/2009 4:34:28 PM PST by Cindy
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ADDING to post no. 25:

www.nefafoundation.org/multimedia-prop.html#nefagitmosuicide0109
(Note: The above link includes a video.)

BLOG:

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/01/nefa_foundation_video_of_forme.php

“NEFA Foundation: Video of Former Gitmo Detainee-Turned-Al-Qaida Suicide Bomber in Iraq”
By Evan Kohlmann
(January 27, 2009)

#

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,483764,00.html

“Bomber’s Martyrdom Tape Renews Fears Over Consequences of Closing Gitmo”
Tuesday, January 27, 2009


27 posted on 01/28/2009 4:40:24 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=E5311E30-161A-4380-B8E6-22F5457072AB

“Change Terrorists Can Believe In”
By Joseph Klein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, January 29, 2009


28 posted on 01/29/2009 2:25:08 AM PST by Cindy
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DEFENSElink.mil (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "ANTICIPATING THREATS KEY TO SUCCESS, NORTHCOM COMMANDER SAYS" (January 29, 2009)

29 posted on 01/29/2009 6:59:20 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/public_information/NYPD_Report-Radicalization_in_the_West.pdf

#

BLOG:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/01/barry_honey_can_we_talk_about.html

January 28, 2009
“Barry, Honey, can we talk about Gitmo?”
By Kyle-Anne Shiver

#

http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/8627


30 posted on 01/29/2009 11:02:19 PM PST by Cindy
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QUOTE:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2175079/posts

Former USS Cole commander slams Obama on Guantanamo
Miami Herald ^ | 1-30-09 | Carol Rosenberg
Posted on January 30, 2009 10:29:31 AM PST by 444Flyer

The former commander of the USS Cole, the American war ship that was struck by a suicide boat in Yemeni waters more than eight years ago, on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama’s orders to close the Guantanamo detention center and reassess the prisoners being held there.

(Excerpt) Read more at mcclatchydc.com ...


31 posted on 01/30/2009 2:25:49 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Oorang; All

Thanks to Oorang (The Threat Matrix at FreeRepublic.com) for pointing to this link/article:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3665845,00.html
(REUTERS)

“Saudi issues wanted list of 83 militants overseas”
Published: 02.02.09, 23:36 / Israel News

SNIPPET: “Saudi television read the names and showed photographs of the wanted men, all Saudis except for two Yemenis, who it said had “adopted the straying ideology”, a reference to al-Qaeda. The announcement followed a move last month by al-Qaeda’s wing in neighbouring Yemen to name two Saudis released from the US military prison camp in Guantanamo as commanders.”


32 posted on 02/03/2009 1:19:42 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2176829/posts

OBAMA: SURE, GITMO DETAINEES COULD ATTACK US
NY Post ^ | February 2, 2009 | CLEMENTE LISI
Posted on February 2, 2009 11:13:59 AM PST by RobinMasters

President Obama said he is worried that detainees freed from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay might resume attacks on this country - but argued that its closure had to be done in order to “uphold” what he called “our values.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


33 posted on 02/03/2009 1:38:42 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52940

Navy Admiral to Lead Review of Guantanamo Detention Facility

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has selected a Navy four-star admiral to lead an assessment of operations at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, the vice chief of Naval Operations, will head the review, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

The White House has tasked the Pentagon to assess the detention operations at Guantanamo Bay as part of President Barack Obama’s decision to close the facility, Morrell said.

Obama issued an executive order Jan. 22 that directs the closure of the Guantanamo detention center within a year. Obama signed another executive order that day directing the stand-up of a special interagency task force that will study the future disposition of present Guantanamo detainees who cannot be transferred to other countries and who pose a serious danger to the United States.

Another presidential executive order issued Jan. 22 directs the U.S. military and other U.S. agencies to follow the Army Field Manual, which bans torture when interrogating detainees “to promote the safe, lawful and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody,” Obama said at the signing ceremony. The directive, Obama added, highlights the importance for the United States to comply with the Geneva Conventions.

The Walsh-led appraisal of detainee operations at Guantanamo “is a subset of the executive orders that the president signed a couple of weeks ago,” Morrell said.

The admiral’s review of Guantanamo’s detention operations is to be completed within 30 days, Morrell said.

Pentagon officials believe that detainee operations at Guantanamo “have been in compliance with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions for some time and are still so,” Morrell said.

“But, we take this tasking from the White House very seriously,” Morrell said, “and that’s why the secretary has asked a four-star flag officer to go down there, and put fresh eyes on the situation down there, and come back with the most up-to-date assessment of detention operations.”

Obama directed Gates on Jan. 20 to pause legal proceedings involving alleged terrorists being held and tried there, pending further guidance from the White House. The president directed the secretary, who then directed the Office of Military Commissions, to cease referring any new cases through the military-commissions process at Guantanamo and to request 120-day continuances on all ongoing active cases there.
Biographies:
Navy Adm. Patrick M. Walsh
Related Sites:
Military Commissions Act of 2006
Military Commissions Fact Sheet
Joint Task Force Guantanamo

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President Directs Suspension of Guantanamo Bay Commissions


34 posted on 02/03/2009 10:02:22 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.onenewsnow.com/Security/Default.aspx?id=406382

“Gitmo’s inmates on U.S. soil - a ‘magnet for jihadists’”
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 2/3/2009 8:55:00 AM

SNIPPET: “Lt. Colonel Gordon Cucullu (USA-Ret.) has written a new book entitled Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay. He has some serious concerns about housing the detainees anywhere on U.S. soil.

“What I think is a very dangerous option would be outright release [of the prisoners] — and I think that the activists would settle for no less, frankly,” says Cucullu. “Any location on the mainland of the United States is going to be a magnet for jihadists from around the world to try to either break these guys out, or even more dangerously to take hostage or to inflict casualties among the local communities.”

Cucullu says the same critics who refer to Guantanamo as the “Gulag of our times” will refer to any facility on the mainland in the same manner. The retired Army officer believes heated debate will surround the detainees’ status — and that it will probably take much longer than a year to resolve.”


35 posted on 02/04/2009 1:07:18 AM PST by Cindy
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NEWSMAX.com: "CHENEY: NUCLEAR, BIO ATTACKS LIKELY IF OBAMA ENDS BUSH POLICIES" by Dave Eberhart (February 4, 2009) (Read More...)

36 posted on 02/04/2009 4:15:12 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: Video included.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18390.html

“Cheney warns of new attacks”

By JOHN F. HARRIS & MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI | 2/4/09 5:56 AM EST Updated: 2/4/09 3:19 PM EST


37 posted on 02/04/2009 4:48:49 PM PST by Cindy
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BLOG:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/04/obama-making-us-less-safe-cheney-says/

February 4, 2009
Obama making U.S. less safe, Cheney says
Posted: 12:38 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

“Cheney said the Obama administration’s policies are making the country less safe.”

SNIPPET: “(CNN) – The Obama administration’s new policies on Guantanamo Bay prison and the treatment of detainees makes it more likely a terrorist attack against the United States will succeed, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday.”


38 posted on 02/04/2009 5:16:12 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html

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BLOG:

Note: Photos included.

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/02/saudi_arabias_mostwa.php

Saudi Arabia’s most-wanted
By THOMAS JOSCELYNFebruary 4, 2009 7:00 AM

Eighteen of the 85 terrorists wanted by Saudi Arabia. Reuters photo.

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia released a list of 85 “most-wanted” terrorists. The list includes 11 former Guantánamo detainees who were placed in Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation program. One of the terrorists on the list operates a major al Qaeda network on Iranian soil.

According to an anonymous Saudi security official cited by the New York Times, Abdullah al Qarawi is a Saudi who has been operating inside Iran for more than three years. Qarawi is reportedly known as “the Star” and has “more than 100 Saudis working for him in Iran, where they move about freely,” the Saudi official said. Qarawi “is in charge of al Qaeda’s operations in the Persian Gulf and Iran, and of bringing new members into Afghanistan.”

The Times report does not say that Qarawi was a detainee at Guantánamo. But, the unclassified files created by the U.S. government at Guantánamo contain dozens of details concerning the al Qaeda network operating inside Iran. The Long War Journal reviewed the files and identified more than 50 current and former Guantánamo detainees who had some association with Iran. Most of these transited al Qaeda’s facilitation points in eastern Iran. In addition to Tehran, the eastern Iranian cities of Mashhad, Zahedan and Tayyebat were regularly identified as al Qaeda transit points in the unclassified Guantánamo files.


39 posted on 02/05/2009 1:03:55 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2179292/posts

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Obama to Meet with Terrorism Victims and Families (9/11 and Cole Victims/Families re: Gitmo)
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, February 5, 2009 | Michael D. Shear, Peter Finn and Dan Eggen
Posted on February 5, 2009 3:38:08 PM PST by kristinn

President Obama will gather tomorrow with victims and families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and U.S.S. Cole bombing for a face-to-face meeting as his administration struggles to decide how to handle detainees at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, several of those invited said.

The previously undisclosed meeting at the White House tomorrow afternoon will give the new president a chance to explain his decision to close the controversial prison facility where the U.S. has placed many suspected terrorists since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Obama has been assailed by conservative critics who say the decision to close the facility within a year will lead to putting many of those terrorists back on the street. In a recent interview, former vice president Dick Cheney, an architect of the Bush administration’s war on terror, criticized the decision as reckless.

SNIP

One 9/11 activist, who declined to be identified talking about the meeting, said “fireworks” are likely at the gathering because it will include both relatives who oppose and those who support Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay. “There’s been some noise that some families don’t like the idea and others do, so this is a chance to discuss that,” the activist said.

Jim Riches, a retired New York firefighter whose son, Jimmy Riches, died in the 9-11 attacks, said in an interview Thursday that he wants to hear directly from President Obama what the government intends to do with the prisoners.

“I want to know, are they going to drop the charges? Are they going to try them in another court?” he said. “I want to let them know that these men are dangerous.”

Riches praised Obama for agreeing to a meeting so soon after taking office.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


40 posted on 02/05/2009 3:43:12 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: I am just crying inside when I do the updates. I’m posting these updates for historical archival purposes only. May God watch over us.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/05/sources-charges-dropped-uss-cole-bombing-suspect/

“Charges Dropped Against USS Cole Bombing Suspect”

SNIPPET: “The legal move by the Hon. Susan J. Crawford upholds President Obama’s Guantanamo order to halt court proceedings at the Navy detention center in Cuba.”

FOXNews.com
Thursday, February 05, 2009


41 posted on 02/05/2009 6:03:17 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/usscole
http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/usscolebombing

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RECAP:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=52880

“Military Commissions Must Obey President’s Directive, Official Says”

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009


42 posted on 02/05/2009 6:09:32 PM PST by Cindy
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quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2179360/posts

ABC News:Charges Withdrawn Against Alleged U.S.S. Cole Bombing Mastermind [7:59 pm ET]
ABC ^
Posted on February 5, 2009 5:20:02 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Charges Withdrawn Against Alleged U.S.S. Cole Bombing Mastermind [7:59 pm ET]

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


43 posted on 02/05/2009 6:12:55 PM PST by Cindy
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BLOG:

Note: Photos Included.

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/196218.php

February 05, 2009

“Let’s Close GITMO: Released GITMO Prisoner Kills American Teen”

SNIPPET: “This 18 year old American, Susan Elbaneh, was killed by al Qaeda as she stood outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen.”


44 posted on 02/05/2009 6:42:44 PM PST by Cindy
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Thanks to a special emailer for pointing to this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p1t9vi_mc8&feature=rec-HM-r2

“Pelosi: No, You Can’t Send Gitmo Detainees to Alcatraz”
(Added January 25, 2009)


45 posted on 02/05/2009 7:39:18 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/FeaturedDocs/ajmiexcerpt.pdf
http://www.nefafoundation.org/multimedia-prop.html#nefagitmosuicide0109

#

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/02/nefa_foundation_al-qaida_suici.php

“NEFA Foundation: Al-Qaida Suicide Bomber Assessed by Pentagon as “Aggressive”, “Committed Jihadist” Prior to Release from Gitmo”
By Evan Kohlmann
(February 6, 2009, 1:22 am)


46 posted on 02/06/2009 3:14:07 AM PST by Cindy
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HEADS UP

Fox and FRiends is having on a family member of the USS Cole during their next segment.

47 posted on 02/06/2009 3:15:57 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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Thank you mware.


48 posted on 02/06/2009 3:17:12 AM PST by Cindy
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To: mware

they have the man who was at the helm of the USS Cole. He is ticked off and he is retired.


49 posted on 02/06/2009 3:18:40 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Cindy

Commander Lapold (sp)


50 posted on 02/06/2009 3:20:39 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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