Realclearpolitics posted an article today that reminds us of who the individuals that died at GITMO were;
· Ali Abdullah Ahmed, 37, a mid-to-high level Al Qaeda operative who had key links to principal al-Queda facilitators and senior membership. Ahmed was a close associate of al-Zubaydah, who in turn is a confidante of Usama bin Laden. Throughout his time in GTMO, Ahmed was non-compliant and hostile to the guard force. He was a long term hunger-striker from late 2005 to May 2006. The administrative board reviewing his case recommended Ahmed for continued detention in GTMO;
· Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi Al-Utaybi, 30, a member of Jama’at Tabligh, a militant missionary/recruitment group for al-Queda and other terrorist groups. He had knowledge of JT’s operations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan, and was recommended by the administrative board for transfer to another country for continued detention; and
· Yassar Talal Al-Zahrani, 22, a front-line fighter for the Taliban. Zahrani facilitated weapons purchases for Taliban offensives against US and Coalition forces. He was captured by Afghan anti-Taliban forces and participated in the Afghan prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan which resulted in the death of CIA officer Johnny Michael Spann. He, too, was designated by the review panels to remain at Gitmo.
I find it hard to shed a tear.