Meet Sadeq Mohammed Saeed. He spent six years in the pen after he was caught recovering at an Afghan hospital following a battle during the U.S. invasion in 2001 — at the tender age of 17. His brother, a former jihadist himself and currently an “Islamic activist” and “mosque speaker,” talks openly of his support for Bin Laden and the Taliban (”But I’m also calling for dialogue and respect of rights and freedoms for all, and I’m against violence and coercion”). He was extradited to Yemen in June for reasons unknown even to him but which I suspect have much to do with, ahem, improving America’s image in the world, and then released by Yemeni authorities two weeks ago.
Allahpundit provides the link for the original story, which contains these gems.
According to Sadeq since leaving their families he and his companions had been performing a holy duty, or Jihad, and he vowed that they would continue to do so for as long as they lived.
“I traveled to Pakistan and from there to Afghanistan where I joined one of the Taliban battle lines, May Allah support them to protect Islam, and then what happened, happened,” he said. He did not speak about personal physical abuse in the detention center; instead he concentrated on the religious abuses, which he claims all detainees witnessed.
Admitted Taliban Fighter and Jihadist. Released from Gitmo. …victory for human rights?
“The abuses were religious abuses, reviling God, the Prophet Mohammed and his companions and the believers. Some brothers were exposed to psychological and physical torture because they are Muslims. There were a lot of abuses and I don’t remember them but it is enough to say there were religious abuses and reviling Allah, his prophet and the believers,” he said…
Saqed’s family said they are currently consulting with American lawyers and human rights activists to file a law suit against the American government to demand fair compensation for the damages inflicted on their son who lost one of his eyes because of inadequate treatment…
“The only reason I know for being detained is that I’m Muslim, and I do not know any other thing. Now I do not know why they released me. This is at the hand of Allah.” [Sadeq] speculated.
Oh yes, horrible abuses that he can’t really remember, but it was religious torture because we didn’t subscribe to Islam. They released him because people keep claiming that guys like Sadeq aren’t terrorists while Sadeq has no qualms about admitting that he is completely devoted to Jihad.
You’re not just handing the enemy his loaded weapon, you’re helping him aim it at your heart with a smile.
Others not happy about helping terrorists: Pirate’s Cove» >> Aside: Club Gitmo Vacationer Ready To Resume Jihad | JunkYardBlog: What the Gitmo Lawyers hath wrought |
However, Comments from Left Field thinks that Allahpundit has it all wrong.
The first is maybe not something you might expect me to say. I’ve no problem with locking up or detaining Jihadists. But, like everything else, you have to do it fairly; you don’t round up everyone who you think might be an enemy, but instead only those that you know are an enemy, and should be able to prove. Likewise, if you have someone in custody who is a criminal of war, or an enemy combatant, than you keep them, you try them in instances when trial is warranted, or you detain them as POW’s in accordance with the Geneva convention.
I don’t think that anyone is going to be holding hands and singing together by the end of this post, but I think it is important to look at other sides of this. Terrorists are not part of a national armed force, nor are they signatories to the Geneva convention, so I have no interest in extending that privilege to them. Here you have someone who has admitted to being part of the Jihad, and was released because of the legal complaints by those on the left. Whether you like it or not, this man is a die hard Islamic terrorist who will find a way to harm the United States now that he is out again.
Terrorists lie and Al Qaeda understands how our system works. The secrecy at Gitmo, which is mostly gone, and the mystique of tribunals, were weapons that the complaints of the left have rendered moot. Al Qaeda advocates lying about treatment once you are captured, and we’ve seen tricks/revolts/suicides/attacks at the Gitmo facility in an attempt to further disrupt our war effort. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus for American citizens, for God’s sake. We have the duty to silence and detain terrorists that operate outside the bounds of international standards of combat or prisoner treatment. No one is advocating arbitrary torture or maiming of the detained, and they are afforded luxuries not found in many American prisons. What is necessary is to remove the threat and keep them guessing.
This is one story, there are hundreds, maybe thousands just like this, and the larger effect is that abuses that occurred in Abu Ghraib, and in Gitmo, and in black ops prisons help create the image that we are every bit the monster that the leaders of Jihadist movements paint us to be.
This man being released makes him a propaganda victory, not whatever did or didn’t happen to him at Gitmo. Note that I believe nothing decidedly sinister happened to him there. Also, it is utterly dishonest to toss in Abu Ghraib among Gitmo. Abu Ghraib was an isolated incident with NO command or ordering from the United States government or military. Kyle from Left Field discredits himself, and loses my interest, when he makes blatantly disingenous statements such as this.
But if you wanted proof that Kyle doesn’t understand this fight, it is this final statement.
In his instruction guide on how to wage war, Sun Tzu advises that the prisoners taken in war should be treated well, that the survivors of an attack should be nurtured. He says this because then their soldiers become your soldiers, their people become your people.
It’s a little sad that some Chinese guy who’s been dead for millenia seems to have more sense about him than the President and his apologists.
If he read the linked article, he would see the religious fervor that composes the Islamic terrorism movement. There will be no conversions with men such as Saqed, there will be no quarter given to our military forces or innocent civilians for that matter. It is a horrible mistake to confuse the enemy you face with one that can be reasoned with.
The Jawa Report has another example of not identifying the enemy.
Others on that one: Atlas Shrugs: Lone Jihadi Attack in Miami | Jihad Watch: Miami Muslim chants “Death to America” and attacks military policemen at Air Reserve Base; not terrorism, authorities say |