I've been following the development of an interesting little story for awhile now. It's starting to get a bit more press. Considering the unknown number of "detainees" being held in the U.S. (and elsewhere) in connection with September 11, 2001 and other alleged terrorist plotting / activity, this just strikes me as sort of curious:
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are demanding to know why the Bush administration chose to release to Syria a terror suspect when several prosecutors and FBI agents had collected evidence for a possible criminal case.Now, for all of the misfires the U.S. government has had on terrorist "suspects" here in the U.S., al-Marabh appears to be a genuine bad guy.
The circumstances surrounding Nabil al-Marabh's release, detailed in a recent Associated Press story, are "of deep concern and appear to be a departure from an aggressive, proactive approach to the war on terrorism," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft.
"Al-Marabh was at one time No. 27 on the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) list of Most Wanted Terrorists," wrote Grassley, who leads the committee that controls federal spending and also is a member of the Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) that oversees the Justice Department (news - web sites). "He appears to have links to a number of terrorists and suspected terrorists in several U.S. cities..."
This is really odd. We had the guy, at a minimum, under surveillance. He wasn't going to be doing anything overt here in the U.S. because of his high profile. And then Ashcroft goes ahead and ships him to his sponsor state, Syria.
I don't get it. Perhaps they implanted a tracking device in his prostate gland or something.
Check it out.