He shouldn’t have been freed from Guantanamo, and he shouldn’t have received this £1m ($1,246,000). Those who are really responsible are the Leftist campaigners who made Guantanamo into an issue of “torture” and “human rights,” even though there was no torture or human rights violations. The poor dears who were freed from there deserved compensation for their ordeal, we were told, and anyone who disagreed or suggested that they were justly detained was denounced as a racist, bigoted, Islamophobe. And now we see the result of all that.
“British IS bomber ‘didn’t deserve compensation,'” BBC, February 22, 2017:
A British IS fighter who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq should never have received a penny in compensation, a former independent reviewer of UK terrorism legislation has said.
Jamal al-Harith reportedly received £1m from the British government after being freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2004.
Lord Carlile said the payment was wrong as al-Harith was “plainly a terrorist”.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his government’s decision to free him from Guantanamo.
Al-Harith, who was 50 and from Manchester, was originally known as Ronald Fiddler.
He took the name Jamal al-Harith when he converted to Islam, but was known most recently by the nom-de-guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, given to him by so-called Islamic State.
Al-Harith was seized by American forces in Pakistan in 2001, before being sent to Guantanamo Bay – a US prison in Cuba for terrorist suspects.
US interrogators found he provided useful information about the Taliban’s methods, and he was released after two years.
He later joined IS and blew himself up at an Iraqi army base in Mosul this week.
Lord Carlile – who reviewed terror laws from 2001 to 2011 – told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It [the compensation] should never have been paid.
“There was absolutely no merit in paying him a penny, because plainly he was a terrorist.”
He said he believed the settlement was paid to avoid disclosure in court of security service activities.
A Downing Street spokesman declined to answer questions about the reported payout, on the grounds it was an intelligence matter….
Actually, it’s a lack of intelligence matter.