Take Ibrahim al-Qosi. He was a member of Osama bin Laden’s “protection detail” and a “very high-ranking al Qaeda member,” who admitted knowing about the 9/11 plot and fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after the attacks.
“Detainee received basic training at the al-Faruq training camp, and as a UBL [bin Laden] bodyguard, likely received advanced or specialized training,” his intel file states, noting his experience firing rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
The “enemy combatant” told interrogators it was his “religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill the obligation of jihad and that the war between America and al Qaeda is a war between Islam and the aggression of the infidels.” While imprisoned, al-Qosi had no fewer than 10 disciplinary infractions, including trying to fashion a shiv and assaulting two guards.
In 2007, the Administrative Review Board set up by the Bush administration agreed that he was “high-risk” and said “continued detention is necessary.”
That all changed in 2012, after Obama intensified efforts to clear out Gitmo.
Suddenly, the administration was buying his defense team’s argument that al-Qosi was merely a cook who originally met bin Laden at a camp where they went “for recreation and horseback riding” and that he only ended up at al Qaeda’s headquarters in Kandahar “to get married.”
“He is now in his 50s, eager only to spend his life at home with his family in Sudan — his mother and father, his wife and two teenage daughters, and his brothers and their families — and live among them in peace, quiet and freedom,” said Washington attorney Paul Reichler, who once represented Nicaragua’s communist Sandinista government and who defended al-Qosi without pay for seven years.
Reichler failed to mention that his good client’s “wife” at the time was the daughter of another bin Laden bodyguard.
Before US airmen chauffered al-Qosi from Gitmo to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where the Islamist regime there