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The Gitmo Guard Who Converted to Islam
Newsweek ^ | March 21, 2009 | Dan Ephron

Posted on 03/26/2009 2:57:42 PM PDT by lowbridge

Army specialist Terry Holdbrooks had been a guard at Guantánamo for about six months the night he had his life-altering conversation with detainee 590, a Moroccan also known as "the General." This was early 2004, about halfway through Holdbrooks's stint at Guantánamo with the 463rd Military Police Company. Until then, he'd spent most of his day shifts just doing his duty. He'd escort prisoners to interrogations or walk up and down the cellblock making sure they weren't passing notes. But the midnight shifts were slow. "The only thing you really had to do was mop the center floor," he says. So Holdbrooks began spending part of the night sitting cross-legged on the ground, talking to detainees through the metal mesh of their cell doors.

He developed a strong relationship with the General, whose real name is Ahmed Errachidi. Their late-night conversations led Holdbrooks to be more skeptical about the prison, he says, and made him think harder about his own life. Soon, Holdbrooks was ordering books on Arabic and Islam. During an evening talk with Errachidi in early 2004, the conversation turned to the shahada, the one-line statement of faith that marks the single requirement for converting to Islam ("There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet"). Holdbrooks pushed a pen and an index card through the mesh, and asked Errachidi to write out the shahada in English and transliterated Arabic. He then uttered the words aloud and, there on the floor of Guantánamo's Camp Delta, became a Muslim.

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1 posted on 03/26/2009 2:57:42 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Sucker.

2 posted on 03/26/2009 3:00:13 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: lowbridge

That’s the best reason I have heard yet for closing Gitmo. [sarc]


3 posted on 03/26/2009 3:00:50 PM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: lowbridge
Holdbrooks pushed a pen and an index card through the mesh

If not before, then right then he should have been pulled off duty.

4 posted on 03/26/2009 3:01:24 PM PDT by bgill
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To: lowbridge

I can always tell by the title if the dying media wrote the article. Bash US or promote Islam all good to them.


5 posted on 03/26/2009 3:02:11 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: lowbridge
"He has holes the size of quarters in both earlobes, stretched-out piercings that he plugs with wooden discs"

I figured that he must have holes in his head. Photo proved it.

6 posted on 03/26/2009 3:02:21 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: lowbridge

So has he also accepted the requirement of Wahabbiist Islam that Muslims must convert the infidel, or kill him, if he refuses to convert?


7 posted on 03/26/2009 3:02:23 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: bgill
Yes, giving a pen to an inmate is like giving them a weapon.

He should have been fired and charged with passing contraband to an inmate.

8 posted on 03/26/2009 3:02:49 PM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: SolidWood

Nice earlobe...


9 posted on 03/26/2009 3:02:56 PM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: lowbridge

This is disturbing and another reason why its important to keep these vermin offshore instead of letting them into American prisons where they could influence ordinary American street criminals or even guards.

Shoe Bomber Richard Reid is just one of thousands of cons that have become jihadi in the joint.


10 posted on 03/26/2009 3:03:46 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: SolidWood

Retard


11 posted on 03/26/2009 3:04:10 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: lowbridge

Time to put him on the other side of the cell door.


12 posted on 03/26/2009 3:04:37 PM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: SolidWood

Spineless. Read his background.


13 posted on 03/26/2009 3:04:54 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: lowbridge

Guy had a 1” thick tin foil hat (thinks Bush had colluded with 9/11 attacks) and had delved into a lot of New Age stuff. Was tattooed with a motto about being driven by demons. He’s the only guard, to Newsweek’s knowledge, that ever did this.

Not even worth a raised eyebrow, but perhaps some Christian prayers would be in order.


14 posted on 03/26/2009 3:05:07 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: lowbridge

When I was a Marine, they had a little something called a “blanket party” that sounds tailor-made for this fella....


15 posted on 03/26/2009 3:06:18 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: lowbridge

we should stop taking prisoners


16 posted on 03/26/2009 3:07:47 PM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: I_Like_Spam

There is a huge amount of proselytizing going on in the prisons.


17 posted on 03/26/2009 3:08:08 PM PDT by Canedawg (Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny- M. Levin)
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To: lowbridge

This idiot allowed himself to be conned by the enemy. He is a disgrace to America.


18 posted on 03/26/2009 3:08:28 PM PDT by Islaminaction (You)
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To: GeronL

They are needed, so we are told, for getting information. But once you do that you can’t just, like, kill them.


19 posted on 03/26/2009 3:09:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: lowbridge

Here’s the good news: when this retard is sent to hell he will have plenty of good reading material. Newsweek went to hell a long time ago.


20 posted on 03/26/2009 3:10:07 PM PDT by San Jacinto (gorebull warming -- the Socialists' Shortcut.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
At his Phoenix apartment, bedecked with horror-film memorabilia, he rolls up both sleeves to reveal wrist-to-shoulder tattoos. He describes the ink work as a narrative of his mistakes and addictions. They include religious symbols and Nazi SS bolts, track marks and, in large letters, the words BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN.

Why in the heck would the army assign this nut to guard Gitmo?

21 posted on 03/26/2009 3:10:36 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: SolidWood

What’s wrong with his ear LOL


22 posted on 03/26/2009 3:12:12 PM PDT by RooRoobird20 (1/20/2013: "Change We Can Believe In")
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To: iowamark

Excellent question. I wouldn’t think we would want more nuts at Gitmo than what we capture and send there already.


23 posted on 03/26/2009 3:12:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: lowbridge

Well , it is easy to see how he got his security clearance.

If conservatives used a weirdo like this to make a case, Newsweek would would say that they were exploiting the mentally vulnerable.

“But then, Holdbrooks is a contrarian by nature. He can also be conspiratorial. When his company visited the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Holdbrooks remembers thinking there had to be a broader explanation, and that the Bush administration must have colluded somehow in the plot.”

“his parents were junkies and he himself was a heavy drinker before joining the military in 2002—helps explain what he calls his “anti-everything views.” He has holes the size of quarters in both earlobes, stretched-out piercings that he plugs with wooden discs. At his Phoenix apartment, bedecked with horror-film memorabilia, he rolls up both sleeves to reveal wrist-to-shoulder tattoos. He describes the ink work as a narrative of his mistakes and addictions. They include religious symbols and Nazi SS bolts, track marks and, in large letters, the words BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN. He says the line, from a heavy-metal song, reminds him to be a better person.”

“On his first home leave, he got engaged to a woman he’d known for just eight days and married her three months later. With little prior exposure to religion, Holdbrooks was struck at Gitmo by the devotion detainees showed to their faith.”

“Within months, Holdbrooks was released from the military—two years before the end of his commitment. The Army gave him an honorable discharge with no explanation,”

“Back in Phoenix, Holdbrooks returned to drinking, in part to suppress what he describes as the anger that consumed him. Holdbrooks divorced his wife and spiraled further. Eventually his addictions landed him in the hospital. He suffered a series of seizures, as well as a fall that resulted in a bad skull fracture and the insertion of a titanium plate in his head.”


25 posted on 03/26/2009 3:12:35 PM PDT by ansel12 (Romney (guns)"instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people")
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To: lowbridge

Well isn’t that special.


26 posted on 03/26/2009 3:12:46 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: lowbridge; I_Like_Spam
These characters are experts at conning soft minds and lonely or alienated people. All of the guards at Gitmo should be monitored for coming under the influence of them.

It's one aspect of the Stockholm Syndrome...the captor also developes sympathy for those they are holding. Every purchase they make and every e-mail they write should be subject to review by their superior officers.

I-Like-Spam is very correct. The possible conversion of those in our prisons and the subsequent recruitment of them to the terrorist cause is a very real risk of having these guys moved from Gitmo to a prison in country.

This guy should probably spend some time with a deprogrammer.

If you can convince some idiot to blow himself up at your request, you can convince some of the more vulnerable souls to adopt your faith...find a vulnerability and exploit it...this is simple recruiting technique used by all intelligence services.

Not good! Obama will probably pen a medal on the guy.
27 posted on 03/26/2009 3:14:13 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Victory in 2012...but first Victory in 2010!!!)
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To: lowbridge

And now, for balance, what the MSM will never cover:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/usnews/060801a.aspx

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7355515.stm


28 posted on 03/26/2009 3:14:51 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: ansel12

Gackkkk. A goofball like this might simply let the prisoners loose.


29 posted on 03/26/2009 3:15:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: lowbridge

This idiot would have joined whatever cult got hold of him first, it just happened to be TROPAL in this case.

I do think a lot of these fools (John Walker, Richard Reid and this clown) aren’t stupid; they just have an absolute lack of critical thinking skills. They’ve been told by are school system to “just think about it!” instead of actually doing some research on both sides of an issue.

Like I said, absolute fools who who are driven by what they want instead of reality.


31 posted on 03/26/2009 3:17:15 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: lowbridge

Fraternization is a crime punishable by Courts Martial.
And that’s all I have to say on the topic...


32 posted on 03/26/2009 3:17:57 PM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Sudetenland

I do not count it likely that even Obama would let Gitmo mix with general population of any prison.

But some prison personnel are weird. They would be the ones to watch.


33 posted on 03/26/2009 3:18:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: BlueNgold

So his line of command, knowing they’d get in trouble too, just say oops and bump him out the door with a pat on the back.


34 posted on 03/26/2009 3:19:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: Syncro
This dweeb was an accident waiting to happen. Defective personal identity development leaves one open to all sorts of pollution.
35 posted on 03/26/2009 3:19:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SolidWood

He looks so nirvana’d out under that lush greenery.

Omar Khayyam poetry anybody?


36 posted on 03/26/2009 3:22:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: SolidWood

There is very little under that skullcap...


37 posted on 03/26/2009 3:28:22 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: lowbridge

That would rightly be called collaborating with the enemy. Bad juju.


38 posted on 03/26/2009 3:32:04 PM PDT by meadsjn (Socialists promote neighbors selling out their neighbors; Free Traitors promote just the opposite.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Naaah... the great Omar Khayyam is all about sex, love and getting drunk.

This guy is a Wahhabi now... they get pleasure from slittitng throats and blowing up themselvees.


39 posted on 03/26/2009 3:32:32 PM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: lowbridge

MOONBAT!


40 posted on 03/26/2009 3:34:57 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“You can’t beat somethin’ with nothin” .”

That’s what happens when people who are essentially empty-— relativists, secularists, post-Judeo-Christian, etc. — come in contact with religious conviction, even a conviction which is erroneous or even delusional.

The Soul, like Nature, abhors a vacuum.

Some would say he was like a clean-swept house that attracted new tenants; and you can read more about that at Matthew 11:24-26.


41 posted on 03/26/2009 3:36:51 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: lowbridge
He then uttered the words aloud and, there on the floor of Guantánamo's Camp Delta, became a Muslim.

They should have put him in another cell, for fraternization with the inmates. His job was to guard them, not hold long and meaningful, or meaningless as the case may be, conversations with them.

42 posted on 03/26/2009 3:39:41 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: lowbridge

something does not smell right to me.


43 posted on 03/26/2009 3:40:29 PM PDT by Cailleach
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To: SolidWood

1.) Why did they let this obviously unstable guy near the place to begin with?

2.) Where was his commanding officer when all this fraternizing with the enemy was going on?

3.) I’d like to jerk a knot in that earlobe.


44 posted on 03/26/2009 3:42:22 PM PDT by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: SolidWood

what a clown


45 posted on 03/26/2009 3:43:56 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: lowbridge

When an Oprah like figure converts to Islam America will become a Moslem country. It is only a matter of time. The West seems to be sick unto death. I hope I’m wrong.


46 posted on 03/26/2009 3:44:23 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: lowbridge

Maybe this guy is a plant to infiltrate Al-Queda, but that would probably be too optimistic.


47 posted on 03/26/2009 3:45:58 PM PDT by Dan Cooper
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To: hinckley buzzard
They should vett these guards a little closer.

Anyone who does that Ubangi earlobe disfigurement is akin to those that split their tongues.

Mentally deranged.

That's what it takes to join the false religion political cult of Islam, but should be screened out from guarding terrorists.

48 posted on 03/26/2009 3:49:52 PM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You have a lot more confidence in President Obama than I do.


49 posted on 03/26/2009 3:55:37 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Victory in 2012...but first Victory in 2010!!!)
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To: lowbridge

He’s a loser of the first order. From the article:

“When his company visited the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Holdbrooks remembers thinking there had to be a broader explanation, and that the Bush administration must have colluded somehow in the plot.”

I’d just like to tell the loser to FOAD. BTW, is it any surprise that the rag newsweek holds him out as a hero? /SPIT


50 posted on 03/26/2009 4:00:44 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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