Had the Post dug a little deeper it would have found the truth about the brothers. According to GITMO's Combat Status Review Tribunal (CSRT), a senior al-Qaida terrorist in the Tora Bora Mountains of Afghanistan trained Bahtiyar Mahnut. Bahtiyar admitted as much when he explained to his interrogators why he went to Afghanistan: "To our knowledge there was no fighting with the Chinese in Afghanistan, and it was therefore a safe place to train so we could one day fight the Chinese. The person running the camp was Abdul Haq, and he was a Uighur."
And who, you might ask (but the Post didn't) is Abdul Haq? According to the U.S. Treasury Department, he's "a senior al-Qaida member who sits on al-Qaida's Shura Council. He is also the leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), also known as the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, which has been designated by both the United States and the UN as a terrorist organization."
Given these facts, one might reasonably doubt that these brothers were anything less than brothers in arms with a distinct mission. The only allusion to any of this was contained in three sentences in the Post story. It said, "Authorities alleged at the time that the men trained in military-style camps affiliated with the Taliban or al-Qaida. The accusations later dissolved upon close scrutiny by the courts."
There was no "close scrutiny" by the courts. Abdul Haq is a known terrorist. That the Uighur detainees (excuse me, refugees) were trained by him ought to be all the evidence needed to convince us they were up to no good.
Need more? The NEFA Foundation (www.NEFAfoundation.org) has obtained and translated an article published in the Turkistan Islamic Party's "Islamic Turkestan" magazine titled, "America Is Leading the Capitalist World Towards Collapse." The article says charging interest is against the will of Allah and "His Messenger" and that those who use interest will be "struck with the wrath of Allah," apparently with the help of the Uighur and other terrorists, uh, refugees.
These are the doctrines followed by those who wish to destroy us. We had better pay attention.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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