Armed with a grudge and an assault rifle, Said Ali al-Shihri [pictured above] is the kind of man who would be detained as a terror suspect.
And he was:
The problem is he was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 and has since risen to leader of al-Qaida in Yemen.
He and other terrorists have been touting their stays at the Cuban prison in the days since President Barack Obama signed an order to close the world’s most notorious jail.
The primary challenge is deciding what to do with terror suspects administration officials believe cannot be rehabilitated.
“What do you do with a bunch of people who want to kill themselves, who would also like to kill American prison guards if they had the chance?” Houston-based writer and blogger Melissa Clouthier said. “It’s not a normal prison situation. The order to close the prison is just to make a constituency happy.”
Some, however, believe the choice to release or try the 200-plus prisoners is necessary to eventually move forward in the fight on terror.
“The lesson is to detain people according to the rule of law,” Gabor Rona of Human Rights First said. “If we do that, we will not have the same problems going forward.”