Four Chinese detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived in Bermuda on Thursday after being freed by U.S. authorities in the Obama administration's latest move to close the controversial prison camp for terror suspects...What?! These thugs were "cleared by U.S. authorities as terrorism suspects"?
Attorneys for the four Muslim men, who were held for seven years before being cleared by U.S. authorities as terrorism suspects, said they will take part in Bermuda's foreign guest worker program...
Their lawyers said the four men -- Huzaifa Parhat, Abdul Semet, Abdul Nasser and Jalal Jalaladiny -- never took hostile action against the United States and were sold to U.S. forces by bounty hunters.Heh. Here's what a Department of Defense memo, has to say about Huzaifa Parhat:
So he was cleared as a terrorism suspect by US authorities, aye? I don't have a good PDF reader with me right now, so I'm not going to look up the info on the other detainees, but I'm sure it's all the same deal.
The detainee is associated with al Qaida and the Taliban:
The detainee departed China in May 2001 and traveled to Tora Bora, Afghanistan via Pakistan.
The detainee received training on the Kalashnikov [sic] AK-47 assault rifle and other light weapons at a Uighur training camp in Tora Bora, Afghanistan.
The training camp was provided to the Uighurs by the Taliban.
The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) operated facilities in the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan in which Uighur expatriates underwent small arms training.
The camps were funded by Bin Laden and the Taliban.
The detainee lived at the Uighur training camp from early June through mid-October 2001 until the United States bombing campaign that destroyed the camp.
Click here, if you want to read the PDF file yourselves. Clearly, this administration is outright lying about these thugs. Pathetic! But let's get back to the Reuters' article:
Britain expressed concerns about the move and said it had asked for and would help Bermuda conduct a security assessment of the four men, who do not have travel documents and cannot leave the British overseas territory.But if Hillary Clinton did indeed discuss the matter with David Miliband, how come the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London says Britain was not consulted?
"We have underlined to the Bermuda government that it should have consulted the United Kingdom on whether this falls within their competence or is a foreign affairs or security issue for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility," said a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
In a sign of the sensitivity of the issue, the State Department said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the matter with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Thursday.
Bear in mind that David Milibrand recently conducted a meeting with Hezbollah officials, so we know where he's coming from...
Back to the Reuter's piece:
When asked if U.S. authorities had consulted the British government, [a State Department] official said: "We did talk to them before the Uighurs got on the plane."...The State Department's got a sense of humor. Cute!
So who knows, maybe Miliband only found about the move right before the terrorists had boarded the plane. But apparently, the rest of the British government only found about it after the thugs had already arrived at their destination.
Perhaps, it was a surprise gift from Hillary to the British government. After all, who doesn't like a nice surprise!
Meanwhile, the UK's Daily Express writes:
Britain has been handed a humiliating snub by US president Barack Obama...Questions: If Obama hasn't already lost favor with the Britsh people - as a result of his previous snubbing of the UK - are the Brits still fawning over him now, even after this latest incident? Has it finally dawned upon them that Obama is actually more concerned with appeasing the enemy than he is in currying favor with Britain, a staunch US ally? Hmmm?
It emerged last night that, astonishingly, the US did not consult the UK government, which is responsible for the island’s security.
Here's a couple of more interesting tidbits:
The tropical Pacific island nation of Palau said on Wednesday it had agreed to temporarily take the  Uighurs as a humanitarian gesture and to help President Barack Obama close the prison. [Now that 4 of the Uighurs have gone to Bermuda] the remaining 13 Uighurs could still go to Palau...Hmmm......
Palau Foreign Minister Sandra Pierantozzi was quoted as saying the United States had promised to pay $85,000 for each prisoner Palau accepts...
But wait, there's more:
In an interview with the Spiegel Online, Palau President Johnson Toribiong denied that he had agreed to accept up to 17 Uighurs in exchange for a $200 million quid pro quo payment:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: ...Two unnamed State Department officials [claim] Palau's acceptance of the refugees was part of a quid pro quo arrangement in which the US agreed to pay Palau $200 million. This allegation has been widely reported. Is it true?In other words, Palau will likely receive $200 million from the Obama administration, but it's not a quid pro quo payment. Obama just happens to have some extra money left over in his stimulus package, so why not give the Palaus some of the dough to help them stimulate their own economy?
TORIBIONG: It is completely spurious. We do not link this gesture of good will and humanity to the negotiations over the review of the compact of free association between Palau and the US. If we did, it would undermine the quality of our humanitarian gesture...
So now you know where your tax dollars are going: To help destitute Al Qaeda thugs relocate. Sounds like a most magnanimous and charitable act, indeed.
Oh man, my eyes are tearing. Handkerchief, please....
At least we can all rest assured knowing that when Obama and his minions aren't dolling out cash to ACORN to get out the vote, they're at least dolling out millions to assist the needy. With our tax dollars, of course.
As the venerable Joe Biden is wont to say: Paying taxes is the patriotic thing to do, especially when you're assisting the destitute and the homeless.
I would prefer to call it "empathy", but "patriotic" sounds about right too.
Oh man! My eyes are tearing again...