April 28, 2007
Forgive My Unstiff Upper Lip
There is a fascinating, little back-story concerning that top al-Qaeda agent that we just announced having captured, Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, and our closest ally for the last, oh, 192 years. First, let's dress the stage a bit. From the Times of London:
Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the “high-value detainee programme” at Guantanamo Bay.
Abd al-Hadi was taken into CIA custody last year, it emerged from US intelligence sources yesterday, in a move which suggests that he was interrogated for months in a “ghost prison” before being transferred to the internment camp in Cuba.
Oh dear. I hope he wasn't inconvenienced, not being able to hide behind his barrister.
So who was Abd al-Hadi anyway? Here's part of his c.v.:
Abd al-Hadi recognised the potential for turning young Muslim radicals from Britain who wanted to become mujahidin in Afghanistan or Iraq into terrorists who could carry out attacks in their home country. He realised that their knowledge of Britain, possession of British passports and natural command of English made them ideal recruits. After al-Qaeda restructured its operations in Pakistan’s tribal areas he sought out young Britons for instruction at training camps. In late 2004 Abd al-Hadi met Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, from Leeds, at a militant camp in Pakistan and, in the words of a senior investigator, “retasked them” to become suicide bombers.
They were sent back to Britain where they led the terrorist cell that carried out the 7/7 bombings, killing 52 Tube and bus passengers.
Oh... you mean that Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi! The mastermind behind the horrific attack in Great Britain, carried out by British subjects who happened to be Moslem jihadists.
But here is the part that is just delicious, in a bitter-sweet, black-comedy sort of way:
Abd al-Hadi has also been linked to a number of other foiled al-Qaeda plots to carry out attacks in Britain. But the Security Service, which has previously sent officials to question detainees at Guantanamo Bay, may not have the opportunity to question him directly.
The Government’s recently adopted position in favour of closing Guantanamo Bay is likely to act as a bar on agents travelling there.
Because Tony Blair's government has gone on record demanding that we shut down Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo Bay and end all interrogations there, it just doesn't seem, well, entirely cricket for agents of MI5 and MI6 to trundle off to the place they don't believe should exist, to interrogate people they don't believe should be at the place that oughtn't exist -- and possibly even use techniques that should never be used on the people who shouldn't be at the place that oughtn't exist in the first instance.
But of course, they do need some answers to those interrogatories from the man who is where he shouldn't be. So what is British intelligence to do?
It's so simple, I'm surprised you didn't think of it yourselves (for shame!):
British Intelligence would have to rely on relaying questions it would like asked by American interrogators.
And there we have it... the absurdist solution to the surreal conundrum of how to eat your spotted dick and have it, too:
Just send the people who shouldn't be running the place that oughtn't even be there to use the techniques that mustn't be used to interrogate the man who isn't supposed to be held, so that the folks who are too moral to be there themselves can nevertheless gain the critical information they need -- but mayn't have.
As Tom Lehrer sang, "it's so simple, so very simple, that only a child can do it!" Or, it appears, a Brit. (And jolly good thing that we didn't listen to the Brits and actually close the joint, what?)
Has anyone asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ, 65%), who has also called for the dismantlement of Camp X-Ray, what he thinks of all this?
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, April 28, 2007, at the time of 5:37 AM
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The following hissed in response by: john the basset
And these are our ALLIES!!!! I shudder to think of the vile nasty things they might say and/or do if we weren't both fighting on the same side!
Rather, duplicitous of them, if you ask me....
The following hissed in response by: BarbaraS
All this talk of closing Gitmo is just that, all talk. What, pray tell, does the left think we should do with these people? Give them the rights of American citizens and turn them loose in NYC? I wonder how the ACLU fared when they went to interview their "clients" at Gitmo. Did their "clients" try to kill them like they do their military guards? Or did they throw excrement at them? There is a reason the left is called looney. They are called that because they are loons.
The following hissed in response by: charlotte
Who needs Camp X-ray when you have airport x-ray nudie machines at Heathrow, Miss Marple, James Bond, and mindless PC integrity that'll take you into theoretically fair futures?
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
What, pray tell, does the left think we should do with these people? Give them the rights of American citizens and turn them loose in NYC?
Actually, Barbara, that's pretty much exactly what they have in mind.
I added an excerpt and link to my 2007.04.29 Dem Perfidy // Islamism Delenda Est Roundup
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at April 28, 2007 11:02 PM
The following hissed in response by: Rudolph Carrera
Stories like this make me wonder why Europe hasn't fallen apart yet, especially Ol' Blighty...
The above hissed in response by: Rudolph Carrera at April 29, 2007 2:55 PM
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