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Former GITMO detainee and four others arrested in Islamic terror raids

Former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg arrested

Released GITMO detainees rehabilitated? The only way to rehabilitate these devout Muslims is to convert them out of the faith.

Former Guantanamo Bay detainees have either been confirmed as reengaging in terrorism or are suspected of doing so according to a September report from the Director of National Intelligence.

Of the 603 former detainees tracked by US intelligence services, a total of 100 have now been confirmed as reengaging in “terrorism” or “insurgent” activities, while another 74 are suspected of reengaging.  This brings the total rate of recidivism to nearly 29 percent, up from 28 percent as of the latest report six months ago.  The report includes the following table of all detainee cases: (here)

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“Former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg among four arrested as homes are searched in Birmingham over Syria terror offences,” By Rob Cooper,  25 February 2014, Daily Mail Online, February 25, 2014

Moazzam Begg was held at Guantanamo Bay for two years before release
He has been campaigning for those who are ‘unfairly targeted’ by the war on terror in recent years and is director of Cageprisoners

Police say Begg was arrested but add naming him ‘does not imply any guilt’
A man aged 45, a 44-year-old woman and her son, 20, were also held today
Officers say the early morning raids were ‘pre-planned and intelligence led’

Former Guantanamo inmate Moazzam Begg arrested

Arrest: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, 45, was one of four people held in Syria-related terrorism raids across Birmingham today

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is one of four people arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences today.

Begg, 45, was arrested by officers from West Midlands Police today as they carried out a series of early morning raids across Birmingham.

The British citizen has previously been held in Guantanamo by the US before being released without charge.

In recent years he has campaigned for those he claims are unfairly targeted by the war on terror and is director of the human rights group Cage.

He was arrested today on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.

Begg was detained at Guantanamo Bay in February 2003 before being released by former US President George Bush in January 2005.

A 36-year-old man, from the Shirley area of Birmingham, and a 44-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son, both from the city’s Sparkhill area, were also arrested on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that Moazzam Begg was arrested this morning.

‘We are confirming this name as a result of the anticipated high public interest to accredited media.’

She added naming Begg does ‘not imply any guilt’.

All four suspects were being held at a police station in the West Midlands and their three home addresses are being searched by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

The offences are all Syria-related, the spokeswoman added.

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