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U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen

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Posted on Jan 5, 2010
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

Sunset at Gitmo: Yemeni prisoners will have to prolong their stay at Guantánamo Bay, according to U.S. officials.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. More than 80 Yemeni prisoners—almost half of the entire group at Gitmo—will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U.S. and Yemen remains tense.  —KA


Officials fear many could re-join militant groups if sent back to Yemen.

“While we remain committed to closing the facility, the determination has been made that right now, any additional transfers to Yemen are not a good idea,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

It was alleged last week that the [Christmas Day airline] bomb plot was planned by two men released by the US from Guantanamo Bay in November 2007.

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By SueG, January 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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It is really sad how our government, whom we elected(?), is destroying what little of our society remains.  The wars that George W. created, Afganistan(which he immediately deserted) and Iraq (which was a total rip-off from the beginning.) are being continued by Obama no matter what.

I certainly don’t have much confidence in “Mr. OhBummer!” who has demonstrated already that he doesn’t work for us, but the Corporatocracy that bought him the seat of president.  It’s absolutely disgusting!

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By FRTothus, January 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

I believe, Arabian Sinbad, January 5 at 5:26 pm, that you have hit the proverbial nail directly on the head.  Well done!

“Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims, principally the victims of U.S. fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms-military, strategic, and economic-is the greatest source of terrorism on Earth…. People are neither still nor stupid. They see their independence compromised, their resources and land and the lives of their children taken away, and their accusing fingers increasingly point north: to the great enclaves of plunder and privilege. Inevitably, terror breeds terror and more fanaticism. But how patient the oppressed have been. Their distant voices of rage are now heard; the daily horrors in faraway brutalized places have at last come home.”
(John Pilger)

“The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly.”
(Noam Chomsky)

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
(Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945)

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By ardee, January 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

So now Yemen is apparently next on the list ...The insrugency there is Shia while AlQaeda is Sunni. No matter, we call whomsoever we wish whatsoever we wish.

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By Existentialist, January 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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@Arabian Sinbad:

Joe Lieberman hasn’t been too quiet about your points, either.  I was wondering why so soon after the Fort Hood shootings he called them an act of terrorism.  I thought it was too early to tell.  Then, the recent false flag in Detroit, after the pre-emptive bombing of Yemen came, and coincidentally the Fort Hood shooter and the Underwear Bomber are both linked to the same individual in Yemen—yet another country with US military presence in it for over a year.

Now I see why Leiberman has been in the media so much lately (well he is head of the Senate Committee on Homeland ‘security’).  One of the latest incidents was an article I read on the Huffington Post not too long ago, where he basically stated the same things about Gitmo that you did.  It’s a scare tactic to make the US citizens not want that place to be closed, and to keep spending many more billions of dollars on the Military-Industrial-Banking-Health-Industry Complex.  To keep Gitmo, and to have more BS to blame on Iran for an attack against them that the Israeli lobby and govt are complaining they can’t go it alone, if the so-called color revolution doesn’t happen there were the reasons for the false flag, the bombings and general US military interventionism in Yemen.

I’ve also seen that Joe has returned from Yemen recently, although I couldn’t find the date.  If someone could help me on this, that’d be much appreciated.

It was just a few months ago that I started warning a friend about Yemen.  This was before the Fort Hood shooting.  Even the mainstream media was hinting every so often that Yemen ‘could become the future home of terrorism’, because ‘its north and south are divided,’ and it is yet another ‘unstable region.’

Within a day of this would-be underwear attack, it has been decided in many places that full body scanners will be implimented.

Why should the average person pay for the mistakes of their Military-Industrial Complex?  They knew about the Underwear Bomber, and didn’t put him on a No-Fly list. 

Now, within mere days of the Underwear Bomber incident the Oblabla administration adds 675 individuals to a new ‘terror’ list:

For some funny reason methinks Team America World Police (in the protection and defense of worlwide Western plutocracy) isn’t making the world safer with this so-called ‘War on Terrorism.’  Just a hunch…

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By jack, January 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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Looks like they’ve seeded the disgruntled Yemeni separatists with enough agents - they
don’t need any more - Al Queda in Yemen, fait accompli and ripe for even more
black ops, likely to originate with Blackwater (Now Xe) Still Working In Iraq ( ), perfectly
positioned to deliver - moreover, any more patsies along the lines of the Knicker Bomber,
can be effortlessly sheep-dipped in the Yemen trough, simply by flying them to Sanna for a
few days of “training.”

Certainly nothing along this line of analysis will appear in the MSM - still waiting for Truthdig to
pick it up. Common, fellas, look into it and give a report:


Both shoe and knicker bomber attempted to use PETN (a military explosive) on their
respective flights. As a result, our shoes now go through scanners at airports and I can only
presume that more invasive scanning of our lower torsos will also be mandated supposedly
in an effort to prevent further knicker attacks. The problem, however, is this: PETN, either in shoes or strapped to any part of the body, cannot be detected by airport
scanners. A chemical test is needed.

PETN, or rather Pentaerythritol, which is a building block for PETN. To make PETN, Pentaerythritol must be mixed with concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids. It is assumed that these acids were in the syringe that the knicker bomber was attempting to inject, under the cover of a blanket, into his underpants. He then attempted to ignite the newly prepared PETN with some kind of a fuse. He was apparently unaware that PETN requires a shock wave rather than heat or flame to detonate, and a shock wave is best provided by an initiator explosive. In short, the whole enterprise was doomed to failure from the beginning. Since the bomber and his smartly-dressed handler were able to get to the gate without passports, and are unlikely to have passed through security, we are left to ponder why the bomber didn’t carry an explosive that required much less preparation, like a half a stick of dynamite for example. Here’s a short video of what a half stick of dynamite does to a file cabinet.

the latest from Kurt Nimmo - - January 4, 2010
The Next False Flag: An Attack On the U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Earlier today, the Daily Telegraph reported that a truck of explosives and weapons managed to slip past a surveillance operation in Sana’a, Yemen. “The revelations came as western diplomatic missions in Sana’a went into lockdown following threats from al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, which has taken responsibility for a failed attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day,” the newspaper reported. “The identity of those who smuggled the weapons contingent into Sana’a has not been disclosed, and it is unclear if its disappearance is linked to al-Qaeda’s increasingly powerful Yemeni branch, al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula.”

Finally, it should be noted that al-Qaeda was established by the CIA in Yemen, as CIA contractor Billy Waugh admitted in his autobiography - - . “I worked right there with these al-Qaeda operatives,” Waugh wrote in Hunting the Jackal -  - with Tim Keown.

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By Arabian Sinbad, January 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

In fact, this false flag operation of the Christmas Day, was intended, among other things, to delay or cancel the closure of the disgraceful Gitmo Prison. And if we focus on that, then we are getting closer to identify the domestic terrorists who planned this false flag operation!

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