Skip to comments.Emptying Gitmo: Government considers freeing another Guantanamo inmate, on heels of Bergdahl swap
Posted on 06/04/2014 12:13:31 PM PDT by bestintxas
As controversy grows over the release of five hardened Taliban detainees in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Obama administration is considering springing yet another prisoner from Guantanamo Bay.
Fouzi Khalid Abdullah al-Awda appeared via a video feed before a review board Wednesday morning in northern Virginia, often smiling as his private counsel Eric Lewis made the case for his release.
Al-Awda has been held prisoner for 12 years. According to Defense Department officials and his official Guantanamo detainee profile, he traveled from his home in Kuwait to Afghanistan just before the 9/11 attacks to train in terrorist camps, and "possibly" fight alongside the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Al-Awda maintains he only went to Afghanistan for "humanitarian reasons to provide alms for the poor and to teach the Koran."
The deliberations follow the administration's controversial decision to free five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl over the weekend. Lawmakers say the former prisoners are high-risk and were among the most sought-after detainees by Taliban leadership. There are now 149 detainees left at Guantanamo, which President Obama has struggled to close since taking office in 2009.
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Who is stopping him?
This shit needs to STOP,PERIOD
who is America’s more dangerous enemies, the taliban or obozo and the current federal govt ?
WASHINGTON (AP) The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.
Republicans in Congress have criticized the Bergdahl agreement and complained about not being consulted, though Obama has defended it, citing a "sacred" obligation to not leave men and women in uniform behind. Rep. Duncan Hunter, of California, asked Obama in a letter this week why other Americans still in the custody of Afghan militants were not included in the negotiation. The families say their children, though without political or military ties to the government, are prisoners just as Bergdahl was and should be recognized as "innocent tourists" and not penalized further for venturing into dangerous territory.
"They really and truly believed that if people were loved and treated with respect that that would be given back to them in kind," said Linda Boyle, Boyle's mother. "So as odd it as it may seem to us that they were there, they truly believed with all their heart that if they treated people properly, they would be treated properly."
Relatives describe the couple, who wed in 2011 after meeting online, as well-intentioned but naive adventure seekers.
*****'naïve' is too sane a term for some folks.
Wasn't there small group of 'hikers' held in Iran under similar circumstances - two of three married & were ransomed recently? Could it be Obama will jump at this opportunity to again seek glory and empty GITMO afterall as a bonus?
I guess electing Republicans with principle really does matter because the lesser evils are standing there impotently. And complicitly.
I would have thought the last 5 would have been hired as WH advisors.
Who says they weren’t? State has a lot of missing cash.
“I guess electing Republicans with principle really does matter because the lesser evils are standing there impotently. And complicitly.”
Your post prompted me to ensure I send a check to Chris McDaniel today.
Lets hope that people remember this when more Americans die in the future. The blame will be placed squarely on Obama.
He’s freeing another one just to try and make it look like the whole purpose of the Bergdyl trade was to empty Gitmo. He thinks we’re all stupid.
Obamadullah is doing more for the Taliban terrorists than he did for our personnel in Benghazi.
Good. All we have to do is vote for principled people and we fix this. Why is it so hard for people to understand?
There are enough on the right to elect any principled person. Why oh why must we always find excuses to elect our problems?
I hope nobody is surprised by this.
When more Americans are taken hostage because the U.S. policy is that we now negotiate with terrorists, will Obamadullah get the blame or will the media cover that up too?
He released the most dangerous five. From now on out he can say these people aren’t really dangerous.
The thing is, what are we supposed to do with them? This “war on terrorism” will never be won because we won’t fight it to win. Then again, Obama has more or less already “deemed” it won.
He is the
Manuchurian Islamic Candidate.
Shouldn’t Bammy spend his summer waterfront vacation in Gitmo this year?
You know how the press has guests attend the SOTU speech. They sit in the mezzanine and he introduces them. These five will be there with their protege.
This is what he promised his anti-American base, and it’s what he believes.
He may have gotten a dose of reality when he took office, but now he is beholden to no one.
No way is he going to be held accountable for anything. The “opposition party” is just too scared of his skin color.
And we all know one translation of the term- struggle
If there’s no repercussions for his actions, why would ths POS stop?
Let’s start calling “Terrorism” what it really is - Jihad.
The bastard is just trying to get us to revolt, so he can declare Martial Law. If this doesnt work, he’ll just try something else. Which is why he must be physically removed from office, NOW!
He is freeing the worst ones so that next year he can say the others are lightweight and should all be cut loose.
I have NO idea how “a troll all” got replaced there ;)
Sadly,,America has already forgotten about the VA horror show.....they’ll forget about this in due time. However, they CAN remember who got kicked off The Survivor Island last season.
I am shocked, shocked I tell ya, that Kuwait has not worked hard get back this fine moral upstanding citizen and deliverer of alms to the poor
I wonder why
But.....you don't want it to be a campaign issue? geesh
How much will this Gitmo release cost in lives lost or taxpayer dollars? The SOB in the White Hut needs to be given A WARNING from someone with authority instead the few talking heads who seem to give a crap. These are TREASONOUS and CRIMINAL ACTS. Who is going to step up and say enough? NO ONE. THAT’S WHO. AND HE KNEW IT SIX YEARS AGO WHEN HE WAS SWORN IN. I absolutely loathe this man and all that he has done to this country.
I will blame him. And I bet a lot of other Americans will blame him.
Totally agree. I’m so ticked off right now I can hardly see straight.
The first release without following the “LAWS” of the land was just a test case. So now he plans on EMPTYING GITMO and no further notification will be required because the LAWS of the United States of America do not apply to the first black President - even when he signed the law. Congress will not cooperate so he has to use his phone and pen all alone to achieve what he promised his looney left base.
Liar in Chief can then say he got socialized medicine, he finished the Iraqi and Afgani wars, he got carbon credits, and he closed Guantanamo.
I’m afraid Odumsh*t is going to unilaterally empty Gitmo of these goat-humpers before he leaves office, then give himself a presidential pardon.
Some of the Gitmo boys should be released to work in the White House. I’m sure the Obama brats could use a baby sitter or someone to teach them to recite the Koran just like their father was taught. I bet Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi could also use some office help, a new gardener etc.
Kind of a win-win for him, no?
Either he gets all the radical anti-American stuff implemented without opposition,
or opposition rises up so that he has an excuse to use military force against those who oppose him.
Once an egg sucking dog learns he can steal eggs without getting his chain jerked he will come back and clean out the hen coop.
This man is going to do as much damage as he can from now until he is stopped, assuming that ever even occurs.
I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with releasing these terrorist murders from GITMO if the politicians were put in there for the rest of their worthless lives.
I think they should be put in together so they could be roomies with their cohorts.
This has been the twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic foreign agents agenda since day one, literally. The first day the twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic foreign agent took office on January 20th 2009, the very first thing he did was try to close down Gitmo. That was his #1 priority above EVERYTHING else. Why? Because he’s a twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic foreign agent. That is his true title because that’s what he really is, but because we have absolutely brain dead morons in both parties, he goes on and on like the Energizer bunny completely unopposed doing what twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic foreign agents do.
“When more Americans are taken hostage because the U.S. policy is that we now negotiate with terrorists, will Obamadullah get the blame or will the media cover that up too?”
More bluntly, if any are killed as a consequence, Obama should be impeached, removed from office and tried for treason.