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Selective Reporting on Guantanamo Transfers

5:35 PM, Apr 20, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The Times mentions that the Uighurs were ordered freed by a D.C. district court judge in 2008. The DoD repeated this in its press release announcing the transfers. Neither mentioned that the same ruling did not discuss Abdul Haq, the detainees’ admitted ties to Haq (and Hassan Mahsum), or Haq’s known role as a senior al Qaeda operative. (To be fair to the court, that last part became widely known only after the district court’s ruling. However, it should have been easy to learn that the ETIP – a known affiliate of al Qaeda – had extensive ties to senior al Qaeda leaders well before that.)

There is much more to the Uighur detainees’ story, but you won’t read about it at most media outlets.

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

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