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Falling for the Spin of the Gitmo Bar

Why do reporters keep whitewashing the records of al Qaeda detainees?

Apr 26, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 30 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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And Joshua Colangelo-Bryan continues to advocate on Guantánamo detainees’ behalf. One of his clients, Abdullah Majid al Naimi, is on the Defense Department’s list of “confirmed” recidivists. Al Naimi and five other Bahrainis represented by Colangelo-Bryan, including Dossari (who was the only one sent to Saudi Arabia), have been released from Guantánamo. In 2007, he crowed to the Gulf Daily News: “While Guantánamo’s system of indefinite detention without due process remains in place, at least these six men are not subject to that system any further. Of course, they were subject to it for far too long.” The DoD’s entry on al Naimi today reads: “Arrested in October 2008; involved in terrorist facilitation; has known associations with al Qaeda.”

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

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