It did not come with the promise of 72 virgins, but newly released Guantanamo Bay detainees managed to make it to paradise after all. What the fawning media neglected to mention was that these supposedly friendly lads all trained at an al Qaeda-linked terrorist camp in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Not that you’ll hear any such inconvenient facts from the mainstream media, of course. Reporting the actual consequences of releasing terror suspects doesn’t help Obama’s goal—shared by most in the mainstream media—of closing Guantanamo Bay.
The absence of critical coverage might help explain why Team Obama is proudly still planning to reward even more Gitmo detainees soon with new digs in paradise—almost all of whom possess terror training on their résumés. Nor will the press spend much time explaining that taxpayers could be footing a bill of over $1 billion for the new Terrorists in Paradise ProgramTM.
Serving as a painful reminder to Americans about the degradation of journalism, the mainstream media “reported” on the exploits of hardened Islamic extremists—as they went swimming, fishing, and frolicking. Aside from Fox News, not one mainstream media outlet turned a critical eye to the “former” terrorism suspects flying to Bermuda on a private jet accompanied by President Obama’s lawyer, White House Counsel Greg Craig.
One aspect of the story did generate actual reportage—but only on one side of the Atlantic. U.K. news outlets reported that the British government was, ahem, “pissed.” Because of U.K. journalists, we know that the State Department ignored basic protocols by keeping in the dark America’s steadfast friend, which as Bermuda’s colonial master is responsible for its foreign policy.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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