To the president, it is just an unfortunate coincidence that his announcement about closing Gitmo fell on the same day that a former inmate of the facility was captured by Spanish and Moroccan police. To anybody with a lick of commonsense, however, it is a direct result of his past attempts at freeing Guantanamo prisoners without regard for the demonstrably danger they pose to Americans.
“On the same day that President Obama unveiled his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, a former Guantanamo inmate who fought for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan has reportedly been captured by police in a raid against an ISIS terrorist cell in Spain.
According to the Associated Press, the raid was a joint operation between Spanish and Moroccan police, arresting three people in the Spanish North African town of Ceuta, plus one in the Moroccan border town of Farkhana – which is adjacent to Melilla, the other North African enclave of Spain.
“One of those detained in Ceuta was the former Guantánamo detainee who was not named by Spanish authorities, but described as ‘a leader who was trained in handling weapons, explosives and in military tactics.’ After being captured in 2002 and held in Guantanamo, he was returned to Spain in 2004, said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz,” writes the Associated Press.”
The group seems like a formidable jihadi cell, given the skills of the former Gitmo prisoner and another suspect who was reportedly “inclined” to blow himself up in a suicide attack, just like his brother did in Syria three years ago.
Police charged the suspects with seeking guns and bomb materials for terrorist attacks against Spain, and attempting to recruit teenagers from Ceuta to join the Islamic State.