On December 9, 2014, Senator Diane Feinstein released the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the use of torture by the CIA following 9/11. Screams for prosecution were loud and directed toward the CIA’s apparent conflict with the Constitution and America’s values. But the timing of this release is suspect: While the predictable resulting media firestorm raged on, another very real issue facing American security and its military operations was entirely ignored. Six high-level terrorists captured through American blood and sacrifice were released from Guantanamo Bay on Sunday, December 7.
In 2002, there were 779 prisoners captured and held at Guantanamo Bay. Today, there are 136 prisoners remaining, and of those, 67 are approved for transfer. The six prisoners released to Uruguay on December 7 are bad guys. All are members of al-Qaeda, the Global Jihad Support Network, or Hamas, trained as jihad fighters, and have a deep hatred for America, Jews, and the West. Their skills range from expertise in document forgery to chemical explosives.
One of those discharged, Syrian terrorist cell leader, Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, has advanced al-Qaeda training in tactics, suicide operations, mortars, AK-47s, pistols, M16s, and rocket-propelled grenades. He is known to have participated in hostilities against the U.S. and Coalition forces. Another of the freed, Tunisian Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy, is an expert in chemical bomb-making, and boasted of killing four Marines before his capture. Mohammed Tahanmatan, a Palestinian member of Hamas, is a trained explosives expert captured in Afghanistan as he educated Taliban fighters in the best way to kill Americans. Each of the remaining three freed prisoners were trained in suicide operations, explosives, poison, disguise, Western-style living, document forgery, counterfeiting, and religious doctrines, such as “the right to kill all non-believers.”
The president of Uruguay welcomed the liberated: “We have offered our hospitality to these human beings suffering an atrocious kidnapping in Guantanamo. Our motive, of course, is humanitarian.” The six prisoners released will be treated as refugees, and will be free to leave Uruguay at any time. The United States’ agreement with Uruguay required the emancipated prisoners to be confined to Uruguay for two years. After receiving what he viewed as victims of American cruelty, the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, rejected the requirement. Because of the rush to close the Guantanamo facilities and Congress’ unwillingness to allow these enemies of America to be tried on American soil, dangerous combatants are being set free to fight another day.