Stopping the letter bombs

The terrorists have another bright idea:  just make a bunch of bombs and put them in the mail!  It was a wonder the parcels were intercepted.  According to reports, we have to thank an ex-prisoner in Guantanamo who had been released and was living in Saudi Arabia.  He informed authorities and managed to even get them the tracking numbers of the packages.  The Saudis too did their part in stopping the mayhem before it happened.  They all deserve our thanks.

(I’m not linking to the story because the news reports go so far as to name the informer and print his picture.  The poor guy will doubtless get killed for his good deed unless he is given protection for life.)

HT:  Webmonk

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • WebMonk

    Just to add in a bit more info from the story, after he got out of Gitmo, he went and joined Al Quaida, and when the bomb threat come up, he fled and told the Saudi authorities who then alerted our intelligence forces.

    One of the things I suspect is that he was a mole for the US when he went to join Al Quaida after Gitmo. There are some pretty big unlikelinesses in that and regardless of the details, this guy deserves some major assistance from the US for what he did – whether he became a spy after Gitmo or had a change of heart after joining AQ.

    The scary part is that Saudi Arabia is who first released his name and photo. I can only hope they released a false name and photo, but the name does match up with someone who was in Gitmo and was released, so I suspect it really is his real name.

    I’m not sure if it’s stupidity, politics, public relations, or malice which had the Saudis release his info and thus endanger his life, but whichever the case may be, wow! Maybe the US could set him up somewhere safe. It’s certainly the least we could do!

  • WebMonk

    Just to add in a bit more info from the story, after he got out of Gitmo, he went and joined Al Quaida, and when the bomb threat come up, he fled and told the Saudi authorities who then alerted our intelligence forces.

    One of the things I suspect is that he was a mole for the US when he went to join Al Quaida after Gitmo. There are some pretty big unlikelinesses in that and regardless of the details, this guy deserves some major assistance from the US for what he did – whether he became a spy after Gitmo or had a change of heart after joining AQ.

    The scary part is that Saudi Arabia is who first released his name and photo. I can only hope they released a false name and photo, but the name does match up with someone who was in Gitmo and was released, so I suspect it really is his real name.

    I’m not sure if it’s stupidity, politics, public relations, or malice which had the Saudis release his info and thus endanger his life, but whichever the case may be, wow! Maybe the US could set him up somewhere safe. It’s certainly the least we could do!

  • Carl Vehse

    Yes, if the mole from Gitmo did provide the information about the Al Quaida bomb packages, we should set him up somewhere (probably not in the U.S., though).

    Ironically his help and our helping him will probably prevent other released Gitmo Muslims from being welcomed by Al Quaida or being allowed to become familiar with their terrorist plots.

  • Carl Vehse

    Yes, if the mole from Gitmo did provide the information about the Al Quaida bomb packages, we should set him up somewhere (probably not in the U.S., though).

    Ironically his help and our helping him will probably prevent other released Gitmo Muslims from being welcomed by Al Quaida or being allowed to become familiar with their terrorist plots.


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