SHOCK! Ex Gitmo Jihadist Arrested in U.K.
As President Obama frets about closing the jihadi guest lodging at Guantanamo Bay, the U.K. may be regretting their decision to have British national Moazzam Begg released therefrom and returned home. Surely the following report is just further evidence of how poorly we are treating innocent Muslim “activists:”
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, one of the U.K.’s most high-profile Muslim activists, was arrested Tuesday by local police on suspicion of Syria-related terror offenses, amid growing concern the conflict there has become a breeding ground for extremists that could carry out acts of violence in Britain.
Police in Birmingham, in the West Midlands, say the 45-year-old political activist was detained on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.
Officials usually shield the identities of security detainees until charges are filed, however police said they released Mr. Begg’s name in a break with protocol because of the high-profile nature of his political activity.
Mr. Begg was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and became one of a handful of U.K. nationals detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon claimed that he was an al Qaeda recruiter and fundraiser, but he was released without charge in 2005 after the British government intervened to free their citizens from Guantanamo. Block quote excerpted from Nicholas Winning & Margaret Coker “Former Guantanamo Detainee Begg Arrested in U.K.” Wall Street Journal 2/26/14
One wonders if the U.K. experience with former Gitmo detainees will help or hinder President Obama’s insistence on closing Gitmo. Moreover, for your edification, compare and contrast how the report was headlined in the print and on-line editions of the Wall Street Journal: “U.K. Police Arrest Muslim Activist” (print) and “Former Guantanamo Detainee Begg Arrested in U.K.” (on-line). Isn’t it easier to just say “jihadist” instead of “Muslim activist” or the even longer “Former Guantanamo Detainee?” – Grizzly Joe