Records reveal that dozens of terrorists who have been released from custody at Guantanamo Bay have rejoined their terror gangs and gone back to their day job killing our soldiers...In July 2005, commander Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said that "our reports indicate that at least thirty former Guantanamo detainees have taken part in anti-coalition militant activities after leaving U.S. detention. Some have been killed in combat in Afghanistan and Pakistan." By June 2007, the Washington Post
was reporting that "possibly as many as fifty former Guantanamo detainees have returned to the battlefield to fight against the United states and its allies."
These men were captured by American troops-soldiers who were risking their lives to bring them in-because they posed a threat to the United States. Yet after holding them, we have let them go, so that they could return to the ranks of our adversaries.
Let's remember that these men are not in prison because of some crime they have committed for which they are to serve a determined sentence and then be released, their debt to society paid. These inmates are enemy warriors captured in battle.
In December 2001 [Abdullah] Mehsud was captured by Afghan forces and turned over to American authorities. He was held at Guantanamo until March 2004, when we let him go.
How did he get out? He hid his identity. When he was first captured, he was carrying a false Afghan identity card; according to the Washington Post, "while in custody he maintained the fiction that he was an innocent Afghan tribesman."
Mehsud boasted to reporters that U.S. officials never realized he was a Pakistani deeply involved with terrorist organizations. "I managed to keep my Pakistani identity hidden all these years," Mehsud boasted to Gulf News
excerpt from Fleeced
by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann