December 28, 2009, - 3:33 pm

Predictable “Art Therapy”: Two Released Gitmo Terrorists Behind Flt 253 Attack

By Debbie Schlussel

Absolutely no one with a brain should be surprised that the Bush-Obama Gitmo Terrorist Catch & Release program is behind the Christmas Day Northwest Airlines Flight 253 attack by Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.


Released Gitmo Detainees Muhamad Al-Awfi & Said Ali Al Shari Planned Flt 253 Attack

Yes, it’s true.  The latest news is that two released Guantanamo Bay detainees were masterminds of Friday’s attempt to blow up the plane and murder hundreds of passengers headed for Detroit.  Plenty of released Gitmo terrorists have returned to terrorist activity.  So, why wouldn’t they also be involved in hijackings and explosions of planes?

Well, I guess that New Age psychobabble “art therapy” really worked, huh?:

Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.

Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari [DS:  Also spelled, Said Ali Al Shiri], were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.

Both Saudi nationals have since emerged in leadership roles in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and the men’s own statements on al Qaeda propaganda tapes.

Both of the former Guantanamo detainees are described as military commanders and appear on a January, 2009 video along with the man described as the top leader of al Qaeda in Yemen, Abu Basir Naser al-Wahishi, formerly Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary.

Oh, and here’s the money quote:

Saudi officials concede its program has had its “failures” but insist that, overall, the effort has helped return potential terrorists to a meaningful life.

Yeah, that is “meaningful.”  Just not in the way any Westerner who wants to preserve his way of life defines the word.

One program gives the former detainees paints and crayons as part of the rehabilitation regimen.

Whatta joke. I blame Bush and Obama–Bush for releasing these scumbags in the first place, and Obama for continuing to do it and seeking to close Gitmo.

Yeah, as Dr. Phil (whom I loathe) would say, “And how’s that workin’ for ya?”

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27 Responses

Not only does Obambi want to release the Gitmo detainees, he wants to send them back to YEMIN!!!!! Give me a break!!!

I also wonder how much the US government PAID the saudis for the “art therapy.” You know there has to be a money trail.

DG in GA on December 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm

the russians and the chinese know how to deal with enemies of the state, even the iranians( well thats just regular folks)

you have to give the current administration credit, at least they did not give them green cards

drew299 on December 28, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Muslim fanatics will be rehabilitated with crayons and paper. That kind of coddle the criminals psych babble stuff was discredited in America decades ago. Yet liberals still believe if you show kindness towards rabid beasts, they will become domesticated house pets.

Yeah, sure.

NormanF on December 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Right on! Even if you do tame a savage beast for a bit, it’s still a wild animal with no regard for humans & it could come back & bite you when you least expect it. Just ask Zigfield and Roy about how they domesticated a wildcat into a harmless kitten, and then ask them: “how did that work out for you”?

    Who Cares? on December 28, 2009 at 5:03 pm

      than there was this lady with the pet chimp that tore off her best friends face…
      ……… cute is that?

      hey, let’s give these animals “hug therapy” next:)
      Just watch out for the knives they stick in your bac…
      ….oooooops, too late

      theShadow on December 30, 2009 at 5:55 am

Yes, time and again we can see that those detained at Guantanamo Bay were just poor misunderstood souls. We do have to blame the Bush Administration for the release though, since it happened in 2007.

Worry01 on December 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Hey everyone, y’all wanna laugh?

Obama: Administration ‘Will Not Rest’ Until All Suspects in Terror Plot Found


I_AM_ME on December 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm


I_AM_ME on December 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm]

Correction… W had them and let them go. Now will right wing wackos stop saying Bush was a better president than Obama is now?

Norman Blitzer on December 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Now a mastermind is someone partial to steroids and copycat crimes, only in obama’s Homoland Stupidity would these pigs be called masters at anything.

Farouk You Yemen on December 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm

NB – As Debbie has made clear and I forgot
to, this is not an Obama originated problem.

However, the point remains that we are going to
keep releasing those we should keep. We are
refusing to learn from experience what we should
know by intuition.

We have a permanent, non removable “Kick me” sign
on proud display that was written by Bush and is now
worn by Obama.

I_AM_ME on December 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

An estimated half of the remaining Gitmo detainees are from Yemen. 34 had already been cleared for release. Wonder if Obama will still insist on their return to Yemen? It’s all about priorities, you know…(ie, closing Gitmo at all costs…and that’s to “prevent terrorist recruitment” or so I’ve heard. Lol what an upside down strategy that one is.)

J.S. on December 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm


This is beyond “Stuck On Stupid”–you know, the U.S./Saudi anti-terrorist manual. There are just no words left to describe this kind of insanity so I won’t even try.

Maybe the only real cure is when it’s discovered the Imams got it all wrong–when the first martyr somehow comes back from paradise and relates to all the other nutjobs about those many wonderful sessions with his 72-year old virgin!

I can’t help but wonder who the individual/s are with sub-zero IQ’s that came up with the idea that Art Therapy–“Paints and Crayons” was the key to rehabilitating seasoned, insanely committed, jihadists whose sole purpose in life is to kill every Jew and infidel that exists so that when he dies he will live forever in paradise with his 72-year-old virgin.

My goodness, was that the thought imprint of Dr. Phil….?

Talk about taking a double left turn in the Sahara!!

Jim on December 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm

By the way, according to an Associated Press article, “US transfers 12 Gitmo detainees to home countries”, published December 20, 2009, SIX YEMENIs were released from Gitmo and are on their way back to Yemen. The names of the six are “Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mari, Farouq Ali Ahmed, Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi, Muhammaed Yasir Ahmed Taher, Fayad Yahya Ahmed al Rami and Riyad Atiq Ali Abdu al Haf.”

J.S. on December 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Maybe basket weaving would yield better results.

tempus fugit on December 28, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Wrong if Mitt Romney or any other republican was president these yemen terrorists wouldn’t be released.

Obama just released 6 yemen terrorists. Yes they are released to yemen in a rehab facility where they do art work. But after a short stay they are gone and no one checks on them. Yemen in is in the middle of a civil war and no one checks on them. Yemen doesn’t have a strong elder system.

Obama administration has been to yemen many times and been pressuring yemen’s president to take in more gitmo detainees.

Obama officials including brennan and gates have been pressuring yemen’s president to have yemen detainees with any saudi connection to go through the saudi rehab center.

Obama is doing this even though 11 detainees released to yemen and saudi arabia are already on terrorist watch lists.

Yemen also has a horrible track record of detainees escaping.

All the USS cole suspects have either escaped or been released.

All the liberal blogs are pounding bush for this when in fact Obama is about to release 90 prisoners.

This is where the focus should be and how obama just last week released 6 yemen terrorists with dangerous records and now is about to release 90 more.

jason on December 28, 2009 at 8:12 pm

We should be focusing on if the liberal media didn’t demand Obama be president over the republican would these 100 yemen terrorists now be released with no supervision back to yemen.

The answer is a resounding no. Obama is obsessed with closing gitmo for political correctness. His first order in office was about gitmo. Obama wants to please the europeans.

Obama is the one who created this new policy to have yemen detainees with any saudi connection sent to saudi’s rehab center.

And Obama’s national security council which has heavyweights like samantha power on it have a great new policy to have yemen develop there own rehab center with art work for 90 terrorists without supervision who can come and go.

These are two new policies from Obama. This two new policies would have never happened without obama.

People have no idea how much damage Obama is doing.

Obama during the campaign said ICE agents were terrorizing illegals. Yet the media was silent.

When Obama came into office 27 illegals had just been arrested at a work site in washington state before they could get there people in place. Soon after Napalitano released those 27 illegals. Then a month later Napalitano stopped a work site raid against 100 illegals at illinios military facility.

Obama has now stopped all ICE work site raids against illegals. Even Bush let ICE do those raids.

Obama will now press for immigration reform to get the pro illegal vote up for 2010 elections.

Obama also won’t allow national guard on the border requested by the governors.

Obama is also not allowing a sheriff to arrest illegals in arizona. Obama believes it is racial profiling to ask for ID if you think they are illegal and won’t allow ICE to deport anyone the sheriff picks up. Bush had contracts with 65 sheriffs to arrest illegals and ICE would pick them up. Obama and Napalitano are refusing and to make sure these sheriffs don’t just go looking for illegals Obama is making them meet demands or ICE won’t go pick them up. They can’t now deport illegals on low charges because Obama fears those illegals were picked up because they were here illegally.

Now the Arizona sheriff says he will bus illegals to the border but the other 64 sheriffs live too far to the border so have to give in to all of Obama’s demands.

Obama and Eric Holder another napalitanoesque cabinet member have ordered that illegals can have many more appeals before deportation. This will delay illegals being deported indefinately and add a lot more red tape.

Obama is destroying this nation and getting away with it because of the media.

Yet only in america can someone have such leftist policies and still have many polls show him with approval ratings in the fifties.

America media control has destroyed our nation.

jason on December 28, 2009 at 8:23 pm

This info was released from obama’s people. These same guys were mentioned months ago and Obama’s people were saying they weren’t anybody and al queda was just using their names. Now they are using their names to score political points. I wouldn’t trust anything they say.

jason on December 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Bush is to blame for not having the moral courage to stand up to the left, but let us not forget the onslaught of the constant drum-beat from the MSM and the left in it’s entirety–academia, Hollywood, “intellectuals’ in general etc., which consistently fought every move the Bush Administration made to counter terrorism (The Patriot act, etc.) and constantly castigated the Bush Administration as lacking in compassion while at the same time painting them as warmongers and racists. Small wonder that even Bush eventually caved to the pressure, regrettable as that was.

virgil xenophon on December 28, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Obama will continue on this path, I have little doubt. It would be almost comical if it wasn’t so deadly.

absurd thought –
God of the Universe says
there are NO religious wars

nor are there Holy books
that command infidels’ deaths

absurd thought –
your Supreme God says
don’t screen out terrorists

who fit the right profile
it might hurt someone’s feelings

USpace on December 29, 2009 at 12:35 am

How do Muslims implement “art therapy” programs when creating anything but absract images is forbidden by the Qu’ran?
Art therapy included depicting one’s self in a variety of situations. And the situations themselves. Oh, and I have a bridge to sell whomever bought this stupidity, psychobabble notwithstanding.

mk750 on December 29, 2009 at 9:13 am

Since Holder has told us that KSM was guilty, why doesn’t he pronounce all of the terrorists guilty down in Gitmo and let the military take care of executing these muslims? At least there would be a couple hundred less terrorists out on the streets.

With the current state of affairs in the U.S. concerning how to deal with terrorists, none of them should be allowed to leave the battlefield with their lives unless ordered otherwise. Double tapping should be a standing order. If they still don’t manage to meet allah, they should never be brought to the U.S. or Gitmo alive.

We should build a prison somewhere outside of the U.S. to house these guys, somewhere that can be easily defended and extremely hard to get to (especially for the media). Then these lucky muzzies that managed to evade the death penalty get to spend the rest of their natural existence in a place worse than Marine Corps boot camp.

Jarhead on December 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

We’re fingerpainting them into submission?!?!?!

There’s a simple solution to these problems: Put a bullet through their head ON THE BATTLEFIELD next time.

No more fingerpainting, no more taxpayer cost and no more recidivism!

Jeff Patriot on December 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

More Finger Printing = Less Finger Painting !!

RoadsScholar on December 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm

And this comes as a surprise? WTF-Over?

jason: I find it difficult to believe that ICE was terrorizing illegal aliens…they stopped caring about illegal/criminal aliens when customs took over. Besides, Barry-O wouldn’t know an illegal if it bit him on his foreign-born ass!

icenomore on December 30, 2009 at 8:33 am

Looks like you need to check your facts and do a little research, lady. Art therapy is not “new age psycho babble” (its been around for over 50 years!) nor is it what this “art therapy” camp claimed to be (nor is it finger-painting!). Oh, and by the way, I would love to do an assessment on you. I’m guessing Narcissistic Personality Disorder 🙂

A: From your e-mail address, it’s obvious that you are an Arab Muslim. DS

Abby on January 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Will “art therapy” rid them of their G-d given mission to murder infidels?

    You can take the Muslim terrorists out of Gitmo and attempt to re-assimilate them into civilized society, but you can’t take the hatred out of the Qur’an.
    You can take Muslims out of Gitmo, but you can’t take hatred out of Muslim hearts.

    Mike on November 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I commend your response. Art therapy is not a game or play session and individuals should not displace their anger on a therapy they have no research on.

    A G on April 9, 2014 at 1:30 am

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