Entitlement Jihad; Compo for Gitmo Terrorists

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has settled a lawsuit filed by a Muslim inmate who claimed the prisons system violated his rights by refusing him an Islamic newspaper and religious programs. (NewsOK)

A Bonus Bonanza for Enemy Combatants

Rewarding jihadis with British taxpayers’ money is not just an embarrassment. It is how democracies perish.

Britain’s war against radical Islam must be the first war in human history in which a country pays its enemies better than its own troops. If you fight the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan as a British soldier, you can expect to earn about £17,000. But if you are a U.K. citizen, or even a foreigner whose asylum request has been rejected, and train with Britain’s enemies, you can make your fortune courtesy of the new U.K. Bank of Jihad.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said last week that it was going to spend millions of pounds to compensate 16 terror suspects who were imprisoned by the U.S. in Guantanamo. All claim they were tortured or abused by the Americans and their allies. Their lawyers claim that by not preventing this, the U.K. government is complicit.

Earlier this year the new government ordered an inquiry into alleged British collusion in torture. Yet Prime Minister Cameron felt he first had to resolve civil cases brought against the government by detainees. While claiming it did not concede any guilt, the government did just that by trying to pay off the complainants. The damage to the government’s reputation and country’s security might be irreparable.

Although it may be hard to believe if you are a British newspaper reader, those Guantanamo inmates are not pillars of British rectitude. Take the case of Binyam Mohamed. He is not a British citizen but a rejected asylum seeker who left for Afghanistan in 2001 to receive paramilitary training, including in arms handling and explosives. Part of his training was from a senior al Qaida operative. And this is just what he admitted to his legal representative.

While under interrogation at Guantanamo, Mohamed said he had proposed attacks on U.S. subway trains to senior al Qaeda figures, trained with al Qaeda in Pakistan, received instructions to travel to the U.S. to carry out terror attacks and, along with Jose Padilla (who began a 17-year jail term in August 2007), planned a radioactive “dirty bomb” attack in the U.S. American intelligence officials suspect that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself, the 9/11 mastermind, directed Mohamed’s operations. Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaeda recruiter for Osama bin Laden also detained at Guantanamo Bay, identified Mohamed as part of the “dirty bomb” plot.

Then there is Richard Belmar, who admits travelling to Afghanistan to attend a military training camp in July 2001. There he received basic weapons, war tactics, and navigation training. Belmar claims it was not until near the end of his training that he realized he was at a terrorist camp. He says he thought it was “just a military training camp for Muslims.”

Like Mohamed, he acknowledges training at al Qaeda’s notorious al Farouq camp, where at least seven of the 9/11 hijackers trained along with John Walker Lindh (the U.S. citizen convicted in 2002 for joining the Taliban). In the U.S., attendance at the al Farouq camp was enough for a federal court to sentence six Yemeni Americans to between seven and 10 years in prison for “providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

Nevertheless, in its wisdom, the British government will not prosecute any of the detainees. Instead it has decided that not only will it remain perfectly legal to train with our enemies, but that if you get picked up on the battlefield, there could be a cash bonanza to mark your service.

Other perfectly innocent Guantanamo residents who mysteriously found themselves firing weapons in terrorist training camps, and now expect a windfall, are a trio of British citizens known as the Tipton Three. They admitted going to a Taliban training camp “on many occasions to find out what was happening.” Questioned as to why they ended up firing AK-47s while there, one offered “you want to hold it. You want to see what it’s like.”

It is not only the state that is at fault here. Sections of our civil society are also in on this societal suicide pact. Take yet another British citizen receiving a large pay-out, Moazzam Begg. He admitted to the U.S. Combatant Status Review Board in 2004 that he visited a camp on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 1993 that was “responsible for training Kashmiri refugees in small arms and mountain tactics,” as well as attending a training camp in Afghanistan in 1998. He also fought in Bosnia. A Special Immigration Appeals Commission document from October 2003 identifies him as an “extremist” who stored weapons at his home. Yet Begg is now proclaimed by so-called human-rights groups to be a hero. He is feted and toured around by the likes of Amnesty International. The head of another human-rights organization, Liberty, has praised Begg as a “wonderful advocate. . . for human rights and in particular for human liberty.”

Taking in the full enormity of what Britain is doing requires a moment of pause. Every day our troops are shot at, wounded, and killed, while being paid a pittance. But jihadis, wannabe-jihadis and assorted radicals are not only allowed to train to kill our troops and allies, they are now to be rewarded by the British taxpayer for doing so. The press remains cowed and the human-rights industry becomes their megaphone. This is not just how a country embarrasses itself. It is how democracies perish.

Mr. Simcox is research fellow and Mr. Murray director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.

(Wall Street Journal)

5 thoughts on “Entitlement Jihad; Compo for Gitmo Terrorists”

  1. So “non-prevention” = complicity => compensation?

    How about a mosque who was aware that a member or members were “radicalised” and went on to commit acts of terror. Would “non-prevention” = complicity => compensation in that scenario?
    Or would it be “nothing to do with islam – we are shocked – he was a good boy” as usual?

    islam – the ultimate two-headed penny.

  2. Ah yes Benyamin Mohammad the non British ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT given TEMPORARY Residence prior to being deported but who ABSCONDED before that Residence permit ran out of his OWN ACCORD. He went to Afghanistan ( to cure his drug addiction he says. Of course thats what all Doctors advise drug addicts to do). Then he popped over to Pakistan for a bit of TERRORIST TRAINING as you do. He was finally caught with a FALSE PASSPORT and Terrorist TRAINING MATERIAL trying to catch a flight out of Pakistan. He was quite rightly taken to Gitmo. But UK PLEADED for his release then sent a PRIVATE PLANE to fly him back to UK at huge expense to the UK taxpayer gave him RESIDENCE and all the SOCIAL SECURITY and PROTECTION he wanted at huge expense to the UK taxpayer . So what did he do well he SUED the UK govt in the Court of YUMAN RITES so to stop that UK gave him MILLIONS at huge expense to the UK taxpayer.
    See I told you Crime does not pay LOL

  3. Gitmo Apes Love Jihad


    A new report by the DNI shows the number of GTMO detainees returning to jihad has doubled in last two years.

    150 former Guantanamo detainees are either “confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities,” according to a new intelligence assessment released by the Director of National Intelligence’s office on Tuesday. In total, 598 detainees have been transferred out of U.S. custody at Guantanamo. 1 out of every 4, or 25 percent, of these former detainees is now considered a confirmed or suspected recidivist by the U.S. government.

    The DNI’s latest assessment is a significant increase over previous estimates. In June 2008, the Department of Defense reported that 37 former detainees were “confirmed or suspected” of returning to terrorism. On January 13, 2009 — seven months later — Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said that number had climbed to 61. As of April 2009, the DoD found that same metric had risen further to 74 — exactly double the Pentagon’s estimate just 11 months before.

    In February 2010, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, confirmed that the estimated number of recidivists had increased to 20 percent. At that recidivism rate, and based on the total number of detainee transfers at that time, between 110 and 120 former Guantanamo detainees were on the U.S. government’s recidivist list in early 2010.

    Thus, the DNI’s latest assessment of the Gitmo recidivism rate is higher than all previous estimates by an appreciable margin.

  4. Former Inmate: Guantanamo Jews Used Witchcraft on Prisoners, Made Me Feel a Cat Was Trying to Penetrate Me

    Following are excerpts from an interview with Walid Muhammad Hajj a Sudanese released from Guantanamo Prison, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on December 12, 2010: (MEMRI)

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: The psychologist would come and say: “You want to kill yourself.” I never said that I wanted to kill myself. The psychologist would say: “You want to kill yourself, so you must undergo psychiatric treatment.” I didn’t do anything. I don’t want to kill myself. He’d say: “You want to kill yourself, and that’s why we have taken your clothes, and we will give you pills.”

    Interviewer: “They are the ones who started spreading rumors about mental illnesses when they found that the detainees were not suffering from mental illnesses.

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: That’s right. They would give you the pills, and if you refused to take them, you would be in a very difficult situation. They would immediately open your personal file, write down the type of pills they prescribed for you, and they would force you to take them. That’s it. From now on, you are officially crazy in their view.

    Interviewer: How many prisoners were treated this way?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Most of the brothers. This method was used by the people at the mental clinic, which was controlled by the interrogators. If an interrogator wanted to wear down someone who was not talking, he would send him to the psychiatrist, who would use these methods.

    Interviewer: He would use means that would drive him insane.

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. The most common method to wear down the brothers was witchcraft.

    Interviewer: How did they do this?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: There were, of course, Jews among the [staff of] the Guantanamo Base, and they would set traps for the guys.

    Interviewer: Give me an example of witchcraft.

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Witchcraft was used on most of the guys.

    Interviewer: They would cast a spell on them?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes, but by the grace of Allah, through frequent reading of the Koran and invocation of the names of Allah, they managed to withstand this.

    Interviewer: How did you know that somebody was under a spell?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Someone like that would change.

    Interviewer: In what way?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: For example, somebody would take his clothes off, all of a sudden, or would sit on his bed for three days straight without sleeping.


    They would use all kinds of witchcraft against the guys.

    Interviewer: Tell me more.

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: I will tell you how the witchcraft affected the guys. A person would suddenly see his brothers and sisters naked before him.

    Interviewer: And they weren’t really there?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Absolutely not. It was as if he was in a different world.

    Interviewer: You mean, his brothers and sisters from back home.

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: That’s right. I remembered an incident with a guy who sat next to me in the morning. When they brought the milk, he began to urinate into the milk.

    Interviewer: In front of you?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. I said to him: “Why are you urinating in the milk?” That’s when we knew that he was under a spell. After he had recovered a little, after we read Koranic verses to him, he said to me: “The birds on the barbed wire would talk to me, and tell me to urinate in the milk. When the guards pass by my cell, the sound made by their pants talks to me.”

    Interviewer: They tell him to urinate in the milk?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes.


    Interviewer: Did they ever use witchcraft on you?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: There was one attempt.

    Interviewer: How did they do it?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Once, when I was sleeping – on the floor, not on a bed – I suddenly felt that a cat was trying to penetrate me. It tried to penetrate me again and again. I recited the kursi verse again and again until the cat left.

    Interviewer: But there wasn’t really any cat there?

    Walid Muhammad Hajj: Absolutely not.


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