(Said Ali al-Shihri, a man released under the Bush Administration)
There of course has been a lot of hoopla over president Obama's decision to close the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp and possibly imprison some of the detainees in Supermax prisons here in the U.S. What wasn't and has not been given attention to is the fact that the Bush administration released over 500 from Gitmo, most without charge.
A number of those released, 74 were active in or suspected of being active in fighting against the United States or committing terrorist acts after being released. Those are just the ones they know about of course.
For some reason, conservatives who are up in arms over Obama's plan to close Gitmo, remained relatively silent when Bush released twice as many detainees than are currently still in custody in Gitmo back into the world.
Bush even released the current number two man with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Said Ali al-Shihri. This man is making headlines today for being involved the abduction of nine foreigners, three whom have already been found dead. The remaining missing foreigners include three children under the age of six.
The news that these detainees were released is not something new, nor is the fact that some have returned to terrorism, but what has surprised me more than anything is the fact that under Bush over 400 potential terrorist were put back into the world and Obama has released three who's only guilt was being Muslim in China, but he is the naive one and gets all the criticism.
No outrage was directed a Bush for releasing killers, but Obama is considered a fool for suggesting putting these men be put in a facility where no one has ever escaped, and makes Gitmo look like a lightweight compared to how secure it is. Politics....I guess.