Skip to comments.The Gitmo Guard Who Converted to Islam
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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That’s the best reason I have heard yet for closing Gitmo. [sarc]
If not before, then right then he should have been pulled off duty.
I can always tell by the title if the dying media wrote the article. Bash US or promote Islam all good to them.
I figured that he must have holes in his head. Photo proved it.
So has he also accepted the requirement of Wahabbiist Islam that Muslims must convert the infidel, or kill him, if he refuses to convert?
He should have been fired and charged with passing contraband to an inmate.
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.
Time to put him on the other side of the cell door.
Spineless. Read his background.
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.
When I was a Marine, they had a little something called a “blanket party” that sounds tailor-made for this fella....
we should stop taking prisoners
There is a huge amount of proselytizing going on in the prisons.
This idiot allowed himself to be conned by the enemy. He is a disgrace to America.
They are needed, so we are told, for getting information. But once you do that you can’t just, like, kill them.
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.
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