Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Is Guantanamo Bay Prison A Recruiting Tool For Al Qaeda?

Camp Delta, the fenced-in core of the Guantánamo prison. Angel Franco/The New York Times

Gitmo Is Not Al Qaeda's 'Number One Recruitment Tool' -- Weekly Standard

During a press conference on December 22, President Obama was asked about the difficulties his administration has encountered in trying to close Guantanamo. The president explained (emphasis added):

Obviously, we haven’t gotten it closed. And let me just step back and explain that the reason for wanting to close Guantanamo was because my number one priority is keeping the American people safe. One of the most powerful tools we have to keep the American people safe is not providing al Qaeda and jihadists recruiting tools for fledgling terrorists.

And Guantanamo is probably the number one recruitment tool that is used by these jihadist organizations. And we see it in the websites that they put up. We see it in the messages that they're delivering.

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My Comment: I tend to agree. I have been following the war on terror for the past few years, and I have come across only a few references to Guantanamo Bay prison by Jihadist groups. In fact ..... when it is mentioned .... it is usually used as a point of passage for up and coming Jihadists who were able to convince American authorities that they would not return to Jihad, and are then released. Bragging rights are more important to them than saying how terrible Guantanamo prison is.

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