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I agree with NM. Everyone, both in the papers and on the show, seems to assume that they are "going back" to their old ways. I suspect that being locked up with no contact with the outside world and tortured for 3-6 years would make everyone released at the least extremely susceptible to recruitment by extremists. Some may be returning to their pre-guantanamo extremist ways, but I hypothesize the majority are new converts created by the Bush Administration's actions. They will also act as great recruiters for more extremists, as they have first hand accounts of the "evil" of America.
The only thing we have to fear is being naive. As the few comments here suggest there is a pervasive black and white consideration of this issue. Gitmo or No. No matter what the triggers, those who graduate as terrorists are still a threat to be considered. So, with apologies to John Lennon, all I am saying is give 'O' a chance. I was not an ardent Obama supporter but he's doing okay. A B+ so far.
I don't understand why Brian and guest haven't mentioned the likelihood that some of the new ex-Guantanamo extremists were "converted" to extremist convictions by Guantanamo itself. Their experiences there must not have endeared them to "freedom"
Well, hey, I certainly can't think of any ulterior motive for the Saudi government to play this story up...
How do we know that those who have gone 'back' to terrorism were terrorists in the first place? Perhaps they were radicalized by their experiences in Guantanamo itself.
can your guest explain further about the pentagon? she touched on a change the bush had made, giving the pentagon the power to do deal with the detainees, etc.
Is there any way of knowing how many of these we are identifying as "going back to terrorism" were people who started out INNOCENT of terrorism and entered terrorism for the first time after release directly as a result of their experience while imprisoned???
Can I use a Carl Rove tactic On himself?
Who would benefit if they go back to terrorism? - The Bush administration
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