The US government just released another Al Qaeda Jihadist to the custody of Saudi Arabia.
The United States said on Tuesday it had transferred Abdul Shalabi, a longtime hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison and described as a bodyguard for former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, to his home country of Saudi Arabia.
Note that there are no doubts whatsoever about who and what Abdul Shalabi is. He is a hardened Jihadi, a member of Al Qaeda and a close associate of Osama Bin Laden.
This was no case of mistaken identity. Shalabi was no innocent pilgrim taken prisoner because he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He is a member of a terrorist organization that formally declared war on the United States and which is still at war with the United States.
And Obama, in his misguided desire to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, has released him to a country whose role in the formation and support of Al Qaeda, including the September 11 attacks, has been concealed from the American people, most likely because Al Qaeda could not exist without money from wealthy Saudis and numerous Saudi recruits–including former members of the Saudi military and national guard–throughout its ranks.
No wonder the recidivism rate among former Gitmo prisoners is on the order of 20% to 30%.
Instead of closing Gitmo, we should be opening more such facilities in places like Midway Island, Wake Island and other isolated spots, so that we can lock away more Jihadis and throw away the key.