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PARIS (AP) - He learned warfare in an al-Qaida training camp, did time at Guantanamo and more time in a French prison. With such a resume, Mourad Benchellali may seem an unlikely youth counsellor - but he is telling his story to young Europeans, warning them against the lure of jihad.
The 33-year-old Frenchman is one of a small number of Europeans presenting their jihadi past as an example for others not to follow. Many see men like him as a powerful tool to deter youth from heading to Syria - while Western governments are wary of them.
Benchellali meets with young audiences at least once a week in France, Belgium and Switzerland to persuade them of the folly of flying off to join the Islamic State or other groups waging holy war in Syria and Iraq.
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Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the commander of the notorious prison from 2002 until 2004, was summoned by an appeals court judge in litigation brought by Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchellali.
The two men have alleged that Miller systemically carried out “torture and ill-treatment on persons deprived of their freedom without any charge and without the basic rights of any detainee,” according to Agence France Presse.
The two men were detained in 2001 by US forces in Afghanistan and shipped to the now-infamous US facility. Sassi was released and returned to France in 2004; Benchellali, in 2005.
Yeah, a scapegoat, eh?
When Miller retired from the military in 2006, however, a civilian defense lawyer named Harvey Volzer told The Washington Post that the ex-Gitmo chief “has become a scapegoat for abusive policies developed at a higher level.”
Last year, Sassi and Benchellali first filed their complaint, but Parisian judges had refused then to compel Miller to appear in court, according to the French-language Swiss daily, Le Matin.
Bourdon also said that Gen. Miller “is identified in all international and American investigations as being at the heart of the torture system,” according to the Lausanne-based newspaper.
“It’s unthinkable that explanations have not been demanded of him. If he refuses to come, there will be consequences,” he added.
Though I am interested in virtually every aspect of terrorism, the main focus of my research is on the psychology of terrorist behavior. I am interested in how people become involved, remain involved, and disengage from terrorist movements. I study these issues across a wide variety of different non-state groups, and I examine these processes from the perspective of the individual militant as well as how the terrorist group and organization manages the processes of recruitment, selection, and disengagement
Yeah, a scapegoat, eh?
Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, holding the position for the majority of Bush's term from 1989 to 1993. During his time in the Department of Defense, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, among other actions.
. . .
During Cheney's tenure as Vice President, he played a lead behind-the-scenes role in Bush Administration's response to the September 11 attacks and coordination of the Global War on Terrorism. He was an early proponent of the Iraq War and defender of the Administration's record on terrorism. ... Cheney was often criticized for the Bush Administration's policies regarding the War on Terror, NSA Wiretapping and so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."
So do you think W. Bush, D.Cheney and other high level characters should continue to not be held to account?
It worked apparently...
and WHO CARES about torturing terrorists?
I would rather just KILL Jihadis instead of catching them, only to be released, myself.
Jihadis that try to come to America (The land where films like "SAW" are popular)better PRAY civilians don't catch them if water boarding is considered scary.
We use THAT in training our aircrews.
it is beyond me how they have remained inured....
ISIL is widely reported as receiving funding from private donors in the Gulf states, and the governments of Iraq and Iran have repeatedly accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of financing and supporting the group. Ahead of the conference of the US-led anti-ISIL coalition held in Paris in September 2014, France's foreign minister acknowledged that a number of countries at the table had "very probably" financed ISIL's advances.
Although Iran and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding the group, there is reportedly no evidence that this is the case. However, according to The Atlantic, ISIL may have been a major part of Saudi Arabian Bandar bin Sultan's covert-ops strategy in Syria.
NO need to apologize evidently you didn't KNOW we are at WAR with Jihadis whom I PERSONALLY would care to engage and ,yes my little snow flake, shoot in their maniacle HEADS in order to remove THEM and their ideas from the face of the earth