Tuesday, May 3, 2011


With the recent killing of Al Qaeda's #1, Osama bin Laden, America revels in a symbolic victory. Americans and perhaps other civilized nations relish the prospect of taking down additional members such as Al Qaeda's second, now perhaps first in command, Al Zawahiri. Though a symbolic victory, this capture turned kill clearly sends a message to the despicable terrorists, who remain on our radar regardless of the time required to track them down. Not surprisingly, Guantanamo Bay detainees generated some of the intelligence information that ultimately led to bin Laden's death. Most notably, it is doubtful that harsh interrogation techniques last seen prior to 2003 were even considered. They were unnecessary. What was instrumental, however, was the continued legal, ethical, and safe operation of the detention center and execution of intelligence missions at Guantanamo Bay. The entire operation exudes more integrity than most would imagine. Too many years have passed without elucidating the true story of what transpires at GTMO. Too few world citizens have appreciated the existence of GTMO and have valued those Americans who serve there. Osama bin Laden's death is one major step in helping to convince the public about the merit of keeping GTMO open.

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