My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why Guantanamo was important....

Releasing thugs is never a good idea....
As a prisoner at Guantanamo, Said Ali al-Shihri said he wanted freedom so he could go home to Saudi Arabia and work at his family's furniture store.

Instead, al-Shihri, who was released in 2007 under the Bush administration, is now deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a group that has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attempted bomb attack on a Detroit-bound airliner.

His potential involvement in the terrorist plot has raised new opposition to releasing Guantanamo Bay inmates, complicating President Barack Obama's pledge to close the military prison in Cuba. It also highlights the challenge of identifying the hard-core militants as the administration decides what to do with the remaining 198 prisoners.

Like other former Guantanamo detainees who have rejoined al-Qaida in Yemen, al-Shihri, 36, won his release despite jihadist credentials such as, in his case, urban warfare training in Afghanistan.

He later goaded the United States, saying Guantanamo only strengthened his anti-American convictions.

"By God, our imprisonment has only increased our persistence and adherence to our principles," he said in a speech when al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula formed in Yemen in January 2009. It was included in a propaganda film for the group.

Al-Shihri and another Saudi released from Guantanamo in 2006, Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, appear to have played significant roles in al-Qaida's expanding offshoot in Yemen. While the extent of any involvement in the airliner plot is unclear, al-Rubaish, 30, is a theological adviser to the group and his writings and sermons are prominent in the group's literature.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope George Bush is dancing a jig and shouting "I told you so!" at every bleeding heart liberal, terrorist sympathizer, and jihadist apologist in North America. The U.S. had them, the U.S. let them go, and now a great many people will pay with their lives because the aforementioned loons had their way. If the U.S. doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to execute the remaining thugs then they had better send them off to a maximum security prison for the rest of their lives. This includes Omar Khadr.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam is a primitive and barbaric tribal death-cult that practises human sacrifice and blood offerings to Allah the moon-demon.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

You been at the left over Xmas eggnog again Powell? I'm as for executing people without trial as the next person, if the next person is Stalin.
I hope George Bush is riding a bike personally, he falls off them.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous LawyerInPoland said...

Wake up people!
You cannot hold people without a fair trial! No matter what! You cannot torture or mistreat people. No matter what.
I can't believe America is run by lynch mobbers.

No country can call itself democratic when it is not observing basic democratic principles.

I'm sure that treating people this way will work for your benefit and will decrease the number of heathen religious idiots wanting a revenge.

9:08 PM  

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