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Two men released from the US "war on terror" prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported.
One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official said.
Three other men appear in the video, including Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi, identified as an Al Qaeda field commander. SITE later said he was prisoner number 333.
Originally posted by Freelancer
Now isn't that a nice coincidence..
Soon after President Obama announces that he will close Guantanamo Bay within a year we have 2 ex Guantanamo inmates shown in a video posted on a jihadist website.
All we need now is a report of an ex-inmate to be involved in a "terrorist attack" against US civilians/military to help turn the president's resolve to close Guantanamo Bay.
Originally posted by dooper
I heard on PBS the other day that 61 former Gitmo vacationers had been found in combat again after being released.
Selective Memri Brian Whitaker investigates whether the 'independent' media institute that translates the Arabic newspapers is quite what it seems
* Brian Whitaker, the Middle East editor for the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom, has been one of the most outspoken critics of MEMRI, writing: "My problem with Memri is that it poses as a research institute when it's basically a propaganda operation," and that "the stories selected by Memri for translation follow a familiar pattern: either they reflect badly on the character of Arabs or they in some way further the political agenda of Israel." Whitaker has also complained that "MEMRI's website does not mention you [Carmon] or your work for Israeli intelligence. Nor does it mention MEMRI's co-founder, Meyrav Wurmser, and her extreme brand of Zionism.... Given your political background, it's legitimate to ask whether MEMRI is a trustworthy vehicle."
* Leila Hudson writes in the journal Middle East Policy, "MEMRI simultaneously highlights stories emphasizing the most extreme stereotypes of clashing Arab and Islamic civilization, which would not otherwise come to light. In effect, it amplifies the noise that most effectively distracts from the projects of engagement and negotiation. This is compounded by the interlinked series of websites, blogs and forums on the right wing of the think-tank periphery. Like the Israeli disinformation site Debka.com, MEMRI produces and amplifies noise, while buttressing the weak 'clash of civilizations' theory with selective extremist writing."
* Political scientist Norman Finkelstein has stated that MEMRI "uses the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis." "They take things out of context in order to do personal and political harm to people they don’t like." He believes that "it’s a reliable assumption that anything MEMRI translates from the Middle East is going to be unreliable."  Wiki