This is not to say that there probably haven't been mistakes. There are no doubt people out there who have been swept up who only dabbled instead of fully participated in terrorism. I'm sure there must be at least a couple instances of guilt by association. If your three best friends just happen to have been suicide bombers, your uncle runs the radical mosque you attend, and Al Zawahiri happens to come over once a week for potluck, it's very likely you're going to be viewed with suspicion and picked up whether you yourself have ever actually participated in their actions.
Despite all the press about the supposed innocent and the push to have more prisoners released, what we don't often see is that many of those that have been detained have ended up rejoining Al Qaeda. Think of it this way, of those who have been released, they were deemed the most likely to be innocent and the most likely to not constitute a threat. Of those, a not insignificant number have been later found to have rejoined the fight. There's one just reported in CNN today.
Pentagon: Ex-detainees returning to fight
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Kuwaiti man released from U.S. custody at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in 2005 blew himself up in a suicide attack in Iraq last month, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi was one of two Kuwaitis who took part in a suicide attack in Mosul on April 26, the officials said. Records show that an attack in Mosul that day targeted an Iraqi police patrol and left six people dead, including two police officers.
An announcement on a jihadist Web site earlier this month declared that al-Ajmi was one of the "heroes" who carried out the Mosul operation. A second man from Kuwait also took part in the suicide attack, the Web site said.
Pentagon officials who had been keeping track of al-Ajmi said they were aware he had left Kuwait for Syria, a launching ground for terrorists into Iraq.
A video posted on various jihadist Web sites shows a number of images of al-Ajmi, followed by text reading, "May God have mercy on you Abdullah al-Ajmi. I send you a warm greeting O you martyr, O you hero, O you, a man in a time where only few men are left."
U.S. military records of Guantanamo detainees indicate that a man with the same name and nationality was held at the Cuban prison.
Those records said al-Ajmi, 29, was picked up in Afghanistan as he tried to enter Pakistan after the 2001 U.S. invasion. He claimed to have fought for the Taliban, the records show, and said he fought in a number of battles against the Northern Alliance.
Though he was never charged with any crime, al-Ajmi was held at Guantanamo through 2005. Military documents show he later claimed that his statements about fighting for the Taliban were made after he was threatened while in U.S. custody. He asserted that he was in Afghanistan to study the Quran.
It's fucking ridiculous. Frankly, someone owes those poor bastards in Mosul an explanation for this sort of thing. Maybe we can get some of the hippies who supported this asshole's release to travel there and tell the family members why their loved ones are dead. Maybe they can tell them how the guy 'pinky swore' he really wasn't a terrorist and that's why they fought to get him released.
There should be a price to be payed when people are wrong about bullshit like this. At the very least the families should be allowed to sue the ACLU or whoever advocated for this asshole's release.