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Friday, July 20, 2012

Bulgaria suicide bomber was former Gitmo inmate

The suicide bomber who murdered five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver on Wednesday has been identified. His name was Mehdi Ghezali, and he was an inmate at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba from 2002-04 (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
According to Wikileaks documents, Ghazali was “uncooperative, unforthcoming and deceptive during interrogations.” His father had met with Abdolrahman Barzanjee, an Al Qaeda associate and possible Ansar Al-Islam coordinator for Europe (Ansar Al-Islam is a group of Sunni Muslims trying to turn Iraq into an Islamist state), and Ghazali was friends with a Swedish operative who was a close associate of Abu Zubadayah, a high-ranking official with Al Qaeda.

Ghazali, who was a Swedish citizen, was visited by members of the Swedish government frequently while he was in custody at Gitmo, and the Swedish media played up his incarceration. While Ghezali was detained at Gitmo, he was featured in the documentary Gitmo – The New Rules of War, a film that savaged Guantanamo Bay detention camp by film directors Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh.

In February of 2004, Ghazali was reassessed and regarded as an enemy combatant who had gone to Afghanistan to support the Taliban, but although Gitmo concluded that he was a “medium risk, as he may possibly pose a threat to the US its interests and allies,” the decision to release him to Sweden followed: “Recommendation: JTF Gitmo recommends that this detainee be transferred to the control of another country for continued detention.”

He was released to Sweden on July 8, 2004. And guess how much he meant to the Swedish? He was flown home to Sweden by the Swedish Air Force on a Gulfstream IV jet, at the expense of the Swedish government.
Note the part I highlighted. This guy was not supposed to be released - the Swedish government was supposed to continue to hold him. They didn't. It's not clear from the article when he was actually released, but it sounds like soon after his arrival in Sweden. This isn't the first time that's happened. You will recall that the Saudis decided to send released detainees to 'reform school.'

If you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself. There is no way that Gitmo should be closed or its terrorists turned over to other countries for 'continued detention' in the foreseeable future.

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At 8:07 AM, Blogger NormanF said...


You're a lawyer Carl and maybe this blinds you to the true evil of Islamic terrorists - keeping them alive endangers the rest of us!

Islamic terrorists need to be executed, not captured and not imprisoned.

They are too dangerous to be left alive. Five people lost their lives because someone decided the human equivalent of TNT should be given another chance.

My friend - what we need is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards Islamic terrorists. They must be executed on the spot!

As the Talmud reminds us, "he who shows mercy to the cruel, will show cruelty to the merciful."

It was fulfilled to the letter in Burgas on Wednesday. So Carl - ask yourself why we need to keep such evil people around in this world.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Norman F,

I agree.

But if you're not going to execute them, at least don't set them free. They can't kill anyone or escape from Gitmo.

At 12:42 PM, Blogger ProfessorPelotard said...

NB: Both Swedish and Bulgarian authorities have denied that Ghezali has been identified as the murderer.

See further at EoZ.

However, Carl, you are quite right that Ghezali was supposed to be kept in detention after being released from Guantanamo. That did not happen; he was released as soon as he came back to Sweden.

In 2009 he was arrested in Afghanistan, a country he had entered illegally together with among others Munir Awad, and Awad's wife. Munir Awad has recently been convicted to 12 years in a Danish prison after being caught preparing an attack on the Danish paper Jyllands Posten.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Of course some leftist idiot will use this as 'proof' that the US is the root of all evil by 'radicalizing' these otherwise peaceful entirely innocent fruit vendors.

At 3:46 AM, Blogger Montgomery said...

Gitmo remains the best, safest, most secure place for unlawful combatant Islamist extremists who want to kill us. Geneva Convention and Law of Land Warfare (FM 27-10) allow us to legally hold unlawful combatants "until the end of hostilities." The US held over 400,000 LAWFUL combatant POWs in this country for years without ONE call for extra legal privileges for them, and it is only because of liberal and leftist terrorist sympathizers who have arranged for the unlawful combatants to enjoy now due process in our Military Commissions. A travesty, and disrespectful to those who have given their lives, limbs, blood sweat and tears to defend us from them in the first place.


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