Here’s a very interesting story from Reuters: “Guantanamo prisoners tied to London bomb probe.” Excerpt:
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Prisoners at the Guantanamo base in Cuba provided important information in connection with last summer’s London transit bombings that the United States shared with authorities in the United Kingdom, the general in charge of the prison said.
The July 7 suicide bombings by four young British Islamists on three underground trains and a double-decker bus in central London during the morning rush hour killed 52 people and wounded more than 700 others.
“After the attacks in London, there were a number of questions asked trying to understand who these people were and where they had been,” Army Maj. Gen. Jay Hood, who oversees the Guantanamo detention operation, said in an interview late on Wednesday.
“A significant number of the men we’re holding here, a number, have lived in London, have lived in the United Kingdom,” Hood said.
“And so where we could answer their questions and provide background on movements, travels, financing, communications, means of communications, recruitment, training, that sort of thing, I think we have played an important role.”
…He said “a good, significant number” of mid-level al Qaeda associates were captured during the war in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo and had discussed men they knew or trained who may have since moved up in the hierarchy of the militant Islamist group.
“Who knows those people better than anyone else? The people that were training them, the people that were preparing them for future roles in that terrorist organization,” Hood said…
Good to keep in mind when the hysterical Gulag Card-playing crowd argues that Gitmo should be shut down and detainees all should be freed because they no longer have any intelligence value.
There is one worrisome detail at the end of the Reuters piece. Army Maj. Gen. Jay Hood noted “that the Guantanamo prisoners learned about the London bombings shortly after they occurred, probably from visiting lawyers who are challenging their detention in the U.S. courts.”
Question: How many of those lawyers are the next Lynne Stewarts?
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