Loony Left Blog "Think Progress'' Makes Terrible A$$ of Themselves

Loony Left Blog Says No Former Gitmo Terrorists Have Returned to Battlefield Against Americans

We all know that Think Progress was founded with George Soros seed money but you’d think they’d at least try to be a bit more careful with their attacks on America.

Think Progress reported today that:
“Report: Scalia’s Claim That Released Gitmo Prisoners Have Killed Americans Is An ‘Urban Legend’”


A new report from the Seton Hall University School of Law explodes the myth that some 30 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay prison have “returned to the battlefield” against American forces.

This conservative urban legend was recently parroted by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his dissent from the Court’s Boumediene decision. Scalia wrote that granting habeas corpus rights to Gitmo detainees “will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed,” and supported this view by asserting that “at least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantanamo Bay have returned to the battlefield.”

** Notice how Think Progress distorted Scalia’s words– He did not say they “killed Americans” just that they “have returned to the battlefield” against Americans.

The authors at Think Progress back up their inaccurate statements with this shoddy report that Seton Hall law professors threw together this past week:

The new Seton Hall report (pdf) states that “Justice Scalia’s claim of 30 recidivist detainees is belied by all reliable data.”

According to the Department of Defense’s published and unpublished data and reports, not a single released Guantánamo detainee has ever attacked any Americans.

This is a wonderful report by the law professors at Seton Hall- law professors? – if it were true.
But, it’s not.

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In their haste to attack Justice Scalia the law professors missed this news from last month:

Former Gitmo detainee Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi recently blew himself up in Iraq.

Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi was released from Gitmo in November 2005.

The WaPo reported that in a lengthy martyrdom audio recording before his death, Ajmi implores people to take part in suicide bombings to attack Americans. He blew himself up in Mosul last month and was able to kill a few Iraqis at the same time.

Then there is Monhammed Nayim Farouq:

Monhammed Nayim Farouq from Afghanistan, is named on a “most wanted” poster issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was released in July 2003 he quickly renewed his association with Taliban and al-Qaida members and has since become re-involved in anti-Coalition militant activity.

And, of course, there are the other terrorists who after leaving Club Gitmo went out and attacked the Russian pipeline, the Russian city of Nalchik, Pakistani forces, Morocco, etc.

For some reason, Think Progress and the law professors at Seton Hall missed these former Club Gitmo detainees in their misleading report.
You’d expect as much from Think Progress– But the fact that Seton Hall released such a dishonest report is a big disappointment.

Previously On Released Gitmo Detainees:
Gitmo Detainees Re-Arrested in Russia
Former Gitmo Prisoner Arrested for Terrorism in Moscow
Three Former Gitmo Detainees Held in Morocco
Former Gitmo Inmate Involved in Russian Terror Attack on Nalchik
Camel-Riding Former Gitmo Detainee Blows Himself Up
Former Gitmo Detainee Re-Arrested in Pakistan
Seven Percent of Gitmo Detainees Return to Battlefield.
Former Club Gitmo Detainee Carries Out Suicide Mission in Iraq
McClatchy: Gitmo Turned Innocent Afghans Into Terrorists

UPDATE: Ace adds that professors, and especially law professors, are supposed to be concerned about perjured testimony.

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