The Washington Post’s Jihadist Op-Ed Contributor
9:45 AM, May 11, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The OIG also noted that Begg’s confession “itself with the additions and deletions initialed by Begg support its voluntariness.” In other words, Begg modified his confession so that it was more accurate, and then initialed his changes so that it was clear Begg himself made the modifications.
Reason #4: A recently leaked assessment of Begg prepared at Gitmo shows that military authorities recommended he remain in American custody.
A November 11, 2003 assessment prepared at Guantanamo describes Begg as an “Al-Qaida facilitator” and a “confirmed member of Al-Qaida.” U.S. authorities alleged in the document that Begg admittedly trained at terrorist training camps (which is consistent with his book and his signed confession) and “was also an instructor at [the] Derunta training camp, another Al-Qaida supported terrorist camp.” The document also notes that Begg “has been associated with a senior Al-Qaida financier, as well as other key suspects currently under investigation by US authorities.”
Previously declassified documents contain similar allegations.
Reason #5: Amnesty International, which has partnered with Begg to demonize Guantanamo, endured a crisis when one of its top officials objected to the relationship.
The picture of Begg that accompanies his Washington Post column shows him speaking in front of an Amnesty International banner at press conference in February 2010. The irony here is rich. Amnesty International was engulfed in a crisis the previous month, when news that a high-ranking Amnesty official objected to the relationship reached the press.
Gita Saghal, head of Amnesty’s gender unit, reportedly issued a dissent: “To be appearing on platforms with Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban, whom we treat as a human rights defender, is a gross error of judgment.” Prominent supporters of Amnesty International, including Salman Rushdie, objected as well.
Despite all of this evidence, and much more, the Washington Post decided to run Moazzam Begg’s op-ed on the death of Osama bin Laden. It is a rambling piece that Begg ends this way:
Thus, the Post’s jihadist op-ed contributor blames America while taunting that bin Laden “made the United States tremble.”
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.