James Forsyth

Two of the alleged ringleaders of the Detroit bomb plot were released from Guantanamo in 2007

Two of the alleged ringleaders of the Detroit bomb plot were released from Guantanamo in 2007
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Two of the leaders of the organisation that is claiming responsibility for the attempt to blow up a jet over Detroit were released from Guantanamo in 2007, ABC News is reporting. They were sent from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they were entered into an ‘art therapy’ programme designed to rehabilitate terrorists. They seemed to have given this rehabilitation programme the slip and joined up with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

This example highlights just how difficult the problem of repatriating Guantanamo inmates is. Guantanamo is, obviously, not an ideal solution nor even the least worst. But it is naive to imagine that the problem Guantanamo was designed to solve—what to do with those the authorities have reasonable grounds to believe are terrorists but not enough evidence to prosecute successfully in civilian courts—is simple.    

PS The pictuure is of the bomb that the suspect attempted to detonate.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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