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The Gitmo Alumni

4:38 PM, May 9, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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If you get your news from NPR, the television networks, the New York Times and the newsweeklies, you could be forgiven if you believe that most of the alleged terrorists the United States is holding (and mistreating) at Guantanamo Bay are of the wrong-place, wrong-time variety. You know, the well-armed goat farmer who just happened to be in Tora Bora during the intense fighting there or the peaceful cleric who got lost and ended up being captured at an al Qaeda outpost on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border. For some reason, we hear a lot about them when they are released from Gitmo and, like the al Jazeera cameraman recently freed, their allegations of abuse are broadcast throughout the world.

This powerful editorial in the Wall Street Journal provides a welcome corrective. It turns out that 37 former Gitmo detainees have used their freedom to rejoin the jihad. "Captive 220," a Kuwaiti freed with the help of high-powered American lawyers at Shearman and Sterling, is one of them. He just killed seven people in Mosul.

They, too, were in the wrong place at the wrong time.