Bay detention camp holds many
of the world’s most dangerous terrorists – individuals whose goal is to destroy
Yet, there are some that claim the facility represents a symbol of repression
against the innocent. One group in particular, CAIR
or the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has been vocal in its opposition
The head of the group’s California
office, Hussam Ayloush, has been especially outspoken on the matter.
As of this writing, Hussam Ayloush
has made 200 posts to his personal weblog. When viewing a part of it, one could
easily get the impression that Ayloush is a decent person, an upstanding member
of society. As an example, his most recent post deals with an interfaith
gathering that took place in Madrid,
looking beyond the blog’s shell, one discovers an individual (Ayloush) whose
motives are pure evil.
On the right side of Ayloush’s
blog there is contained a series of links. One of the links is to a website
Along with its fancy multimedia sections and its colorful pages, the site
repeatedly calls for the murder of Jews and repeatedly “curses” Jews and
The interfaith piece, dated July 23, 2008, titled
for Common Code of Ethics,’ consists of excerpts from the co-founder and
National Executive Director of CAIR,
Nihad Awad. Awad helped create CAIR,
in June of 1994, as an adjunct to Hamas and, prior to it, worked for the
American arm of Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). For
Ayloush, posting statements made by a Hamas operative – indeed, an operative
from a group Ayloush is associated with, CAIR
– is understandable, given the fact that he (Ayloush) regularly exhibits an
antithetical obsession with the state of Israel.
Besides his ill will towards Israel, Ayloush, as well, displays
a hostility for the country he currently resides in, that being the United States. To
Ayloush, the U.S.
represents a driving force against all those who practice the religion of
Islam. His paranoia, in conjunction with his fanatical Islamist views, has led
him to believe that even the most hardened of terrorists are innocent. This
includes those that are held in the Guantanamo
Bay detention camp,
a.k.a. Camp Gitmo.
After the United
States was attacked on September 11, 2001, the
focus on the military was in bringing to justice those who were responsible,
primarily Al-Qaeda for carrying out the attack and the Taliban for providing a
safe harbor in Afghanistan
for Al-Qaeda. Those militants who were not killed in battle and were taken into
custody needed a facility to be placed in. Today, a number of those who were
apprehended are found in Guantanamo
each given the label of “enemy combatant” by the U.S.
government, due to their participation in terrorist activity.
In June of 2006, Ayloush wrote an
article bemoaning how some of Guantanamo’s
detainees were suffering from depression leading to suicide. The piece,
entitled ‘Shut Down
the Gitmo Gulag,’ was published on his blog, on the CAIR
national website, and in Southern California InFocus, a publication
subsidized by Ayloush’s Los Angeles CAIR
office. Of the depressed detainees, he wrote, “These
suicides were desperate acts committed by prisoners who saw neither an end to
nor a reason for their incarceration.”
Ayloush states that the prisoners saw
no “reason for their incarceration,” because he believes that these individuals
are somehow innocent. He ends his piece with the following: “Those guilty of real crimes should be tried and punished. But
those who are innocent must be released. It is time to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and end this dark
chapter in our modern history.”
One of the
“innocent” detainees Ayloush thought should be released is former Al-Jazeera
journalist Sami Al-Hajj. About him, Ayloush writes on his blog, under the title
345,’ “Who gives us the right to take the freedom of people and separate
them from their families without charging them with crimes? How would we feel
if an American is subjected to such immoral and illegal practice? Mr. Al-Haj
must be freed and compensated for all the harm we have caused to him and his
family. Mr. Al-Haj deserves an apology.”
went on to accuse the U.S.
of “kidnapping” and “torturing” Al-Hajj (and others).
Ayloush would have everyone believe that Sami Al-Hajj was a harmless man.
However, according to unclassified evidence from the Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants at
U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [pdf]:
- Al-Hajj served as a money courier for the al-Haramain
Foundation, a primary financial front for al-Qaeda and violently
anti-Semitic group. Al-Hajj delivered thousands of dollars to the
organization, including $100,000 to the Director of the Baku, Azerbaijan branch of
al-Haramain, Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mar’i.
- Al-Hajj worked for the Union Beverage Company (UBC), an
organization associated with Bosnian and Chechen Islamic radicals. While
at the UBC, Al-Hajj delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars destined
for al-Qaeda-related Chechen militants and came in contact with senior al-Qaeda
Lieutenant and Osama bin Laden’s Deputy in the Sudan, Mamduh Mahmud Salim Abu
- Al-Hajj admitted that documents showed him as being the
co-owner of Rumat International, a group associated with militant Mamduh
Muhammad Salim Ahmad. Ahmad was suspected of participating in the bombings
of the U.S.
embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
On May 2, 2008,
Ayloush got his wish, when, after six years of imprisonment, Sami Al-Hajj was
released into the custody of the Sudanese government – but not before he had
the chance to threaten President Bush. In a poem he authored, entitled ‘Humiliated
In The Shackles,’ Al-Hajj stated, “America, you ride on the backs of
orphans, and terrorize them daily. Bush, beware.” The poem was reprinted on
Ayloush’s blog and is still found there.
Another Guantanamo detainee that Ayloush seems to
have taken an interest in is Omar Khadr. In July of 2002, in the midst of a
raid on the al-Qaeda compound at which he was stationed, Khadr hurled a grenade
troops, murdering Special Forces Sgt. Christopher Speer. At the time, Khadr was
only 15 years old.
Khadr, who was born in Toronto, Canada,
is part of a prominent al-Qaeda family. His father, Ahmed Said Khadr, was a
close associate of Osama bin Laden, and Omar and his family spent much time
with bin Laden.
Recently, a video was released
containing a Guantanamo
interrogation of Khadr by Canadian federal agents. Ayloush placed
the video on his blog, presumably to curry sympathy for then-16-year-old
Khadr, who, after finding out that the Canadian officials were not there as
friends, acted distressed.
Ayloush separately posted
an article written about Khadr from Toronto’s
Globe and Mail, along with a pic of Khadr with his hands on his head
crying. Nowhere in the article – not anywhere in Ayloush’s posts – is Sgt.
Speer’s name mentioned. It is as if he did not exist. In Hussam Ayloush’s
world, he probably doesn’t.
The cover of the 1999 issue of
UCLA’s Al-Talib newspaper dons pictures of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
and Osama bin Laden. The publication describes bin Laden as a “freedom fighter
and philanthropist.” As well, the issue, titled ‘The Spirit of Jihad’ [pdf],
includes an editorial signed by “The Al-Talib Staff,” which states, “When we
hear someone refer to the great Mujahid (someone who struggles in
Allah’s cause) Osama bin Laden as a ‘terrorist,’ we should defend our brother
and refer to him as a freedom fighter, someone who has forsaken wealth and
power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors. We take these
stances only to please Allah.”
In the issue, Ayloush received a
“special thanks” credit.
Ayloush’s disdain for America is only
eclipsed by the group he represents, CAIR,
an organization that, in the past, has called for the replacement of the U.S.
Constitution with the Quran. His defense of those who wish to do us harm, as
well as his call for the shutting down of the facility that they are kept from
us in, can only be seen as anti-American and traitorous.
The Guantanamo Bay
detention camp exists to protect us from our worst enemy. Hussam Ayloush exists
to liberate us from our necessary security – to allow our worst enemy to go