Interpol, you know, that organization that investigates international movie piracy according to some DVDs that you buy? Well it seems that they are hunting for bigger fish to fry.
And some of those fish have been in American custody...
Back in January I wrote What Price Security?, an article in which I emphatically stated that releasing the detainees was a bone-headed idea. I cited the following:
Military intelligence reports that 18 of the already released enemy combatants from Guantanamo have returned to their terrorist roots.
Which of course immediately drew fire. I was countered with an article written by some law professor, Mark Denbeaux, I believe what his name which stated that the government's case against the detainees was summarized as follows:
"The Department of Defense has continually relied upon the premise of 'battlefield capture' to justify the indefinite detention of so-called “enemy combatants” at Guantánamo Bay. The 'battlefield capture' proposition—although proven false in almost all cases—has been an important proposition for the Government, which has used it to frame detainee status as a military question as to which the Department of Defense should be granted considerable deference."
Nevermind that the person who wrote those words, Mr. Denbeaux just happens to be a member of the "defense team" assembled to represent the detainees at GTMO and according to the rules governing how a defense attorney is supposed to act, of course he is going to charge the government with using "false" accusations. If he doesn't, he's guilty of malpractice and can be disbarred for "failure to provice adequate and aggressive defense for a client."
At any rate, Mr. Denbeaux also claimed, "only twenty-four (24)—or five percent (5%)—of unclassified summaries alleged that a detainee had been captured by United States forces and exactly one (1) of 516 unclassified summaries alleged that a detainee was captured by United States forces on a battlefield."
Now I will conceed that perhaps there may have been a stretch in the "where" these detainees were captured, however, the notion that detaineed released from GTMO have been confirmed as having returned to "the fight" against America -- regardless of the theatre in which they operate cannot be denied and has been confirmed by Interpol.
The terror alert released today by Interpol says that the 85 men listed in the alert are wanted on terrorism-related charges, including links to al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Further statements released by Saudi authorities indicate 11 of the men on the list released by Interpol "have been released from the U. S. prison at Guantanamo Bay."
According to Interpol secretary general Ronald N0bel, "By asking for Interpol's assistance, Saudi Arabia wishes to ensure that all Interpol member-countries are made aware that these men are dangerous and that their activities represent a security concern not only for Saudi Arabia and the entire region but also for the world as a whole." The alert further describes the 85 suspects as, "highly dangerous," and "armed, violent and suicidal."
The simple fact of the matter is that not only do many in America believe that releasing the detainees from GTMO is a dangerous precept, but Saudi officials as well as Interpol believe the detainees are dangerous.
Now remember, Interpol is based in Lyon, France. How conceivable is it that this particular agency would "cozy up" to America right now??? Even The Arab News on line published this story and was very willing to include the threat these men pose.
I know, I know. It's a burden being right all the time, but someone has to do it.