As word has come out that President Obama is planning ‘a flurry of terrorist transfers’ out of Gitmo, a report indicates that the U.S. government has put up a $5 million reward for another terrorist that was released in 2006.
The terrorist, a Saudi national named Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, rose through the ranks and continued planning attacks against the United States. As a result, he was also placed back on a global terror list.
Via Judicial Watch:
Years after liberating an Al Qaeda operative from the military prison at Guantanamo, the United States government has put him on a global terrorist list and offered a $5 million reward for information on his whereabouts.
The unbelievable story comes as President Obama frees more and more terrorists—including four to Afghanistan over the weekend— long held in the military compound at the U.S. Naval base in southeastern Cuba. The president’s goal is to close the prison, a campaign promise that dates back to 2008, by relocating the last of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Still left at the facility are 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.
Now we learn that the U.S. government is secretly admitting that it erred in at least one case, the release of a Saudi national named Ibrahim al-Rubaysh. In late 2006 the Bush administration repatriated him back home under a Saudi Arabian “rehabilitation” program that supposedly reformed Guantanamo Bay jihadists but instead has served as a training camp for future terrorists. In fact, in 2008 counterterrorism officials confirmed that many of the terrorists who return to “the fight” after being released from U.S. custody actually graduated from the laughable Saudi rehab program, which started under Bush and continued under Obama.
Al-Rubaysh has been associated with known Al-Qaeda leaders, received weapons training at terrorist camps, and was deemed a “medium” threat because he “may pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies.”
Having been released from Gitmo, al-Rubaysh has risen to the ranks of “senior adviser” for Al-Qaeda, and “is involved in the planning of attacks” according to a State Department announcement.
And with that resume comes a $5 million price tag on his head.
Just over six months ago, President Obama released five other high-ranking Al-Qaeda terrorists in an illegal prisoner exchange. One of those terrorists quickly vowed to fight American forces upon his return to Afghanistan.
This story should make the President sit back and reassess the release of more Gitmo detainees.