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Accused of Being Little More Than a Low-Level Taliban Fighter, Abdallah al-Ajmi Was Held by the U.S. for Nearly Four Years. After His Release, He Blew Up an Iraqi Army Outpost. Did Guantanamo Propel Him to Do It?
Ajmi has become a symbol of the vexing challenge his (Obama) administration faces in adjudicating the fates of terrorism suspects held by the U.S., a process that almost certainly will result in the release of additional detainees among the approx 245 now in custody there.
Sometimes the guards turn the temperature so hot that you cannot wear a shirt. Sometimes they turn it so cold that is like the North Pole and they take your blanket away. At the beginning I was very badly beaten by U.S. soldiers and guards. . . . But the worst torture to me is that the guards make fun of my religion and dishonor the Koran.
"Praise be unto God, who evacuated me from Guantanamo prison and joined me with the Islamic State of Iraq... We are going, with permission from God, to God -- glory be unto him. We will enter the nests of apostasy."
LONDON – The first Guantanamo detainee released since President Barack Obama took office returned to Britain on Monday, saying his seven years of captivity and torture at an alleged CIA covert site in Morocco went beyond his "darkest nightmares."
Binyam Mohamed's allegations — including repeated beatings and having his genitals sliced by a scalpel — have sparked lawsuits that could ensnare the American and British governments in protracted court battles.
What makes Ajmi's journey from inmate to bomber so disturbing to top government officials is the fact that he never was deemed to be among the worst of the worst. He was not one of the former top al-Qaeda operatives considered "high value" detainees; nor was he regarded as someone who posed a significant, long-term threat to the United States.
Compared with what other Guantanamo detainees were believed to have done, the principal accusation leveled against him -- that he fought for the Taliban -- was unremarkable. At his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, he was not accused of perpetrating any specific violent acts other than "engaging in two or three fire fights with the Northern Alliance," according to a summary of evidence presented by the military.
As one former U.S. government official involved in detainee issues put it, Ajmi was "never on anyone's top 10 list of people we expected to return to the fight."
Originally posted by Retseh
That's right, they were all such good boys before they were put in that terrible place, it's Gunatanamo that did this to them, Guantanamo made them terrorists, it's all the fault of the US etc etc.
The only thing this proves is that:
1. He was actually more dangerous than the original assessment.
2. His internment gave life and safety to countless others for 4 years.
3. These people cannot be "fixed".
4. We should have shot him while we had the chance.
5. The Washington Post won't be happy until America is just as insane as the UK.