I see the hand wringing has already begun at the release of Shaker Aamer, all the”lefties” are screaming injustice and the usual rag bag of hangers on e.g. Corbyn and his cabinet, the Guardian newspaper and “celebrity” supporters have expressed delight at his release.
And the Guardian newspaper is already talking about a £1million pound compensation payment by the British Government (effectively that is you and me). The question is “why is the British taxpayer expected to pay this compensation, it was the Americans who captured him and locked him up, let him sue them”………….but then you see the legal eagles rubbing their hands in anticipation of a LONG DRAWN OUT litigation case here in the UK which would be highly financially beneficial to them. What next, a celebrity concert by all the “luvvies” so that this man can live in luxury for the rest of his life?
Just what is it about those on the left that they will jump on any bandwagon that gives them an opportunity to beat the UK but remain “apologists” for Islam and its supporters. The joke is that if they lived under Islam they would not have democracy, freedom of speech, equality and god help them if they were gay. As Douglas Murray once quipped “I understand there is a Gays for Palestine group, give me a break, if they were in Palestine they would have to move to Israel.” For those not familiar with Islamic practice, they have a habit of throwing homosexuals off the top of buildings and then stoning them to death.
But there are some very hard questions that Aamer needs to address about what he was doing living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, he knew about the Taliban yet he chose to go and live under their despotic rule, so one can only assume that he agreed with them.
For the more discerning reader an extract from a report prepared by Robin Simcox a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society is well worth reading (below.
It is also worth noting that the general consensus is that approximately 30% of those released from Guantanamo bay returned to fighting almost immediately.
It is UK government policy that Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident detained at Guantánamo Bay, be returned. In December 2014, newspaper stories emerged suggesting that this could soon be the case.1 At a meeting in Washington, DC, a month later, President Obama told Prime Minister David Cameron that the US would “prioritise” the case.
Aamer, who was born in Saudi Arabia, was captured in Afghanistan in November 2001; he was sent to Guantánamo Bay in February 2002. The US government believes him to be a weapons-trained al- Qaeda fighter; Aamer’s supporters claim that he was in Afghanistan to carry out voluntary work for an Islamic charity.
Aamer is thought to have been cleared for transfer to Saudi Arabia in June 2007 (although, as late as November 2007, Department of Defense documentation recommended that he continue to be detained). In December 2007, Clive Stafford Smith, one of Aamer’s lawyers, said that his client was “fine” about the prospect of returning to Saudi Arabia; however, Aamer now insists on returning only to the UK.
WHO IS SHAKER AAMER?
The US government believes Shaker Aamer to be a military-trained al-Qaeda member who recruited for extremist causes and had close ties to Osama bin Laden.Aamer moved to Afghanistan, with his family, in the summer of 2001; however, the US believes he had visited the country on multiple occasions before:
On one occasion, he visited Khalden training camp, which hosted several jihadists connected to al-Qaeda.
In 2000, he accompanied the mujahideen on the front lines, carrying a gun as he did so.
In the summer of 2001, Aamer returned to Afghanistan, living under Taliban rule in Kabul.
In October 2001 – the same month that the US began its bombing campaign in Afghanistan, in response to 9/11 – Aamer moved his family to Pakistan. However, rather than accompanying them, he returned to Afghanistan.
The US believes that Aamer then fought at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, as the US and its allies attacked al- Qaeda and Taliban forces there towards the end of 2001. At Tora Bora, Aamer is thought to have served as a sub-commander under Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi’s command; al-Libi was the emir of the Khalden training camp. Multiple detainees at Guantánamo Bay have identified Aamer as the commander of the Juhanya Centre in Tora Bora (Abu Juhanyah was one of Shaker Aamer’s aliases). Aamer led a group at Tora Bora that included another Guantánamo detainee, Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed Said.
Aamer claims that he was captured, by Afghan forces, in Jalalabad in December 2001. He was in possession of a false Belgian passport at the time.13
WHOM DID HE KNOW?
At Guantánamo Bay, seven separate sources have described Aamer’s connections to al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden: Abu Zubaydah, Abdul Bukhary, Muhammad Basardah, Moazzam Begg, Abdallah Yahy Yusif al-Shibli, Tariq Mahmud Ahmad al-Sawah, and Humud Dakhil Humud Said al-Jadani. In addition, another detainee, Fahd Umar Abd al-Majid al-Umari al-Sharif, has outlined Aamer’s military expertise.
Aamer is thought to have known several radical Islamists and terrorists, including the following senior al-Qaeda leaders:
- Abu Musab al-Suri, who has previously been described as the ideological “mastermind” behind the 7 July 2005 attacks on the London transport network.15
- Walid Bin Attash – a senior al-Qaeda operative currently standing trial in a US military commission, for his role in planning 9/11.
- Abu Yasir al-Jazairi, an al-Qaeda facilitator.
- Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, who was on the al-Qaeda shura council.Aamer was also tied to those who were well known within the British jihadist scene, including:
- Babar Ahmad, who has pleaded guilty – in December 2013, in the US – to terrorism offences.
- Abu Hamza al-Masri, the former imam at Finsbury Park Mosque, who was convicted in the UK – primarily for hate-speech offences – in February 2006 and has since been extradited to the US (where he has been jailed for life, as a result of terrorism-related charges).
- Abu Qatada, the ideologue whom a Spanish judge described as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”
- Richard Reid, the al-Qaeda operative who attempted to detonate a shoe bomb on a flightbetween Paris and Miami, in December 2001.
- Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person to be convicted for involvement in the attacks on 9/11.