Saturday, August 27, 2005

Abu Ghraib Prisoner Release

Obviously releasing people from prison who have served their time and as this article states have "renounced their ways" is the right thing:


I hope that the US command is correct when they said:

"Those chosen for release are not guilty of serious, violent crimes - such as bombing, torture, kidnapping, or murder - and all have admitted their crimes, renounced violence, and pledged to be good citizens of a democratic Iraq," the U.S. statement said.

Unfortunately my thoughts went back to Michael Yon's post here Gates of Fire when I read this story about the prisoner release. The terrorist who shot and wounded LTC Kurilla was a former prisoner at Abu Ghraib who was released and the charges dismissed for no apparent reason. Per Yon's post on the matter:

The terrorist turned out to be one Khalid Jasim Nohe, who had first been captured by US forces (2-8 FA) on 21 December, the same day a large bomb exploded in the dining facility on this base and killed 22 people.

That December day, Khalid Jasim Nohe and two compatriots tried to evade US soldiers from 2-8 FA, but the soldiers managed to stop the fleeing car. Then one of the suspects tried to wrestle a weapon from a soldier before all three were detained. They were armed with a sniper rifle, an AK, pistols, a silencer, explosives and other weapons, and had in their possession photographs of US bases, including a map of this base.

That was in December.

About two weeks ago, word came that Nohe's case had been dismissed by a judge on 7 August. The Coalition was livid. According to American officers, solid cases are continually dismissed without apparent cause. Whatever the reason, the result was that less than two weeks after his release from Abu Ghraib, Nohe was back in Mosul shooting at American soldiers.

Let's hope they are releasing the right people, who are no longer a danger to our soldiers or the Iraqi people and none of them are a future "Khalid Jasim Nohe"....................................