Skip to comments.Documents: Obama, Holder have approved bin Ladenís bodyguard for release or transfer from Gitmo
Posted on 09/24/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have approved one of Osama bin Ladens personal bodyguards for release or transfer from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to another country, according to prison records released by WikiLeaks and a recently published list of approved-transfer detainees from the Justice Department.
Idris Ahmad Abdu Qadir Idris is the second name on Holders Justice Department list of 55 Gitmo detainees approved for release or transfer. This detainee, according to a Jan. 26, 2008, Defense Department document published by WikiLeaks, provided security for bin Laden both before and after the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Detainee is assessed to be a member of al-Qaida and was identified as a bodyguard for Usama Bin Laden (UBL) beginning shortly before the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Detainee is also assessed to be an al-Qaida recruiter associated with a Salafist network in Yemen, the document reads. Detainee transited through multiple extremist support guesthouses, received militant training at the al-Qaida al-Faruq Training Camp in Afghanistan (AF), and is assessed to have received advanced training.
Detainee fled UBLs Tora Bora Mountain complex with a group of 30 fighters including other UBL bodyguards, collectively known as the Dirty 30, the document states. Detainees name was found on al-Qaida affiliated documents.
The Defense Department considers Idris a high risk if released from custody, meaning that he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.
The detainees on the Justice Departments list have been approved for release or transfer since 2009 the beginning of the Obama administration but they remain in the Guantanamo Bay prison and their names had not been released publicly because, according to Politico, the State Departments envoy for Guantanamo, Ambassador Daniel Fried, cited a need to coordinate diplomatic efforts to resettle the war-on-terror prisoners.
However, in the new court filings Friday, Justice Department lawyers said that need no longer merited keeping the list secret, Politico wrote. They didnt quite concede that the resettlement process has stalled, but that was the implication. Congress has also greatly complicated releases from Guantanamo with a series of legislative measures attached to budget bills that Obama signed into law.
Obama, who had promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center if elected in 2008, and Holder cleared Idris for release or transfer from Guantanamo well before bin Laden was killed in 2011. The Obama campaign has emphasized the presidents decision to send in the military to kill bin Laden as part of a broader message that he is a strong foreign policy leader who is tough on terror.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and for the White House havent responded to requests for comment on why they want to release or transfer one of Bin Ladens bodyguards from U.S. custody, even as reports surface suggesting the recent anti-American attacks in Libya were organized by a released Gitmo detainee.
” Spokespeople for the Justice Department and for the White House havent responded to requests for comment on why they want to release or transfer one of Bin Ladens bodyguards from U.S. custody, even as reports surface suggesting the recent anti-American attacks in Libya were organized by a released Gitmo detainee.”
Another day, another Obama atrocity.
Must be re-assigned to the “Kanye West School of Cowardly Racism”..
with special studies in which white guys to annoy and which ones to leave alone..
Of course there are exceptions to every rule. The recent events in Libya could be cited for example. But I don't think I'll do that.
It should be noted that it is also a worthy approach to making peace with these organizations after an attack on the U.S. The goal is to show good will and a "no hard feelings" attitude towards those who attacked us.
At least he has sympathy for one person who lost their job on his watch.
Did he pinky swear to be nice to us?
And which Embassy will he lead the charge against?
Holder has tried to move terror detainees onto U.S. soil to afford them constitutional rights including trial in federal court. This makes it easier for terror suspects to sue the U.S. government and officials for “unlawful detainment” and “torture.”