Monday, November 30, 2015

PCG's Robert Morley in Denial About Guantanamo Bay

Back on October 23, 2015, PCG's Robert Morley made the following tweet about the prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Morley's tweet is terribly misleading.

President Obama is correct on this issue. In fact terrorists have used Guantanamo Bay in their propaganda to demonize and vilify the United States.

Observe what this Atlantic article from April 2013 said about this issue.
Guantanamo Bay has often been the focus of jihadist media and propaganda. Just recently, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan--the mouthpiece of the Taliban-- put out a statement calling attention to the ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The brief message claims that the hunger strike at the prison has been going on for forty days (as of March 24) and calls for international rights organizations to "spread awareness about the plight of the destitute inmates." Guantanamo Bay has become a salient issue used in jihadist propaganda.

In 2010, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the first issue of Inspire, their English language recruitment magazine. To date, AQAP has released 10 issues of Inspire, and the plight of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has been featured prominently in several issues.

In the 2010 inaugural issue of Inspire, an essay by Osama bin Laden mentions "the crimes at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo ... which shook the conscience of humanity." Tellingly, bin Laden points out that "there has been no mentionable change" at Guantanamo and the prison is noted again later in the issue.

Gitmo features even more prominently in Issue 2 of Inspire. The essays of Abu Sufyan al-Azdi and Uthman al-Gamidi, two former detainees who returned to AQAP upon their release, call new individuals to join the jihad, whether at home or abroad. In Issue 7, Yahya Ibrahim notes that Guantanamo Bay "exposed the West for what it really is" and "showed the world the American understanding of human rights." 

Most troubling, in the latest issue of Inspire released early this month, AQAP mentions Guantanamo Bay several times. In a prelude to the attention that the hunger strikers have been paid lately, Abu Musab al-Suri notes that Guantanamo is not only "filled with ... mujahedeen" but also with "hundreds of innocent civilians." While it is quite rich to hear AQAP's concern for the plight of innocent civilians, given the high number of Yemenis cleared for release still at Guantanamo, this is a very salient message for AQAP's base in Yemen. (Thérèse Postel, "How Guantanamo Bay's Existence Helps Al-Qaeda Recruit More Terrorists", The Atlantic, April 12, 2013.)
One NGO, Human Rights First, has complied a list about 30 instances between 2009 and 2015 in which Al Qaeda, their miserable lackeys in Yemen and the genocidal murderers of ISIL have cited Guantanamo Bay in their deceptive and lying propaganda to demonize the United States.

So the truth is clear: The terrorists of Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda's lackeys in Yemen and the genocidal murderers of ISIL are using Guantanamo Bay in their propaganda against the United States.

While it is true that some former inmates of Guantanamo Bay linked up with terrorists after getting released it is misleading to insinuate that President Obama is somehow wrong to note that Guantanamo Bay is used in propaganda by terrorists. President Obama is correct on this issue.

How dare Morley insinuates otherwise.

If Morley can be so wrong about this what else is he wrong about?

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