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Obama Administration Endorses 'Jihad Rehab' Program in Yemen

Modeled on the one that failed so badly in Saudi Arabia and allowed these graduates to form the core of al Qaeda’s strongest affiliate – in Yemen.

5:30 AM, Jan 12, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
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And finally there is the rather important matter of why these Guantanamo detainees need rehabilitation at all. Hillary Clinton believes that this intensive therapy can help these young men “challenge the unfortunate ideas that they had been accepting,” and eventually leave a life of jihad. But Abu Bakr al Qirbi, Yemen’s foreign minister, believes that such rehabilitation is important because of damage done to the detainees by their American hosts.

“The center Yemen prepares aims at receiving returners from Guantánamo Bay and rehabilitating them to be reintegrated into their society,” al Qirbi told a Saudi newspaper. “We have to understand that these young men underwent several types of sufferings as a result of investigations, torture, and non-humanitarian treatments. Of course, they have affected their psychological and physical conditions. It is necessary to provide them help and physical and material support.”

Should we really be open to something like that in Yemen?

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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