Two of the four alleged leaders of the Northwest Airlines bombing attempt on Christmas Day were released from Guantanamo Bay last November. Al Qaeda has claimed credit for the December 25th terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253. The jihadists were transferred to an “art therapy” program in Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation” and subsequently released by the Saudi’s.
Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.
Recidivism among jihadists released by the Bush administration should serve as a warning to the Obama administration. As Allahpundit points out, that may not be the case:
Bob Gates has been pushing since May to transfer 97 Yemeni detainees to the Saudi rehab program; as of 10 days ago the plan was to send six Yemenis back to Yemen itself with possibly scores more to follow. Any reason to worry about that? Yep: Yemen is notorious for jihadi jailbreaks, from mass escapes like the one in 2006 where 23 AQ operatives went loose to the U.S.S. Cole bomber who broke out of prison twice until finally — I kid you not — Yemen simply let him go after he gave them his solemn word that he’d cool it with the jihadism.
Yemen, the site of the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000, has taken focus in recent days as the U.S. is coordinating air strikes with the Yemeni government against terrorist targets in that country. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) has advocated “preemptive” action, calling Yemen “tomorrow’s war” and garnering the ire of liberal bloggers.