February 25, 2014
Yet Another Totally Innocent Misunderstood Frmer Gitmo Prisoner Arrested For Facilitating Terrorism in Syria
I've run into this guys supporters on twitter a few times, he's always innocent.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is among four people who have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, police have said.The natives sure are restless about this.
Mr Begg, 45, who was held by the US authorities for almost three years, was arrested earlier with two other men and a woman in the West Midlands.
He was detained on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.
Update: A more serious take and documentation of Mozzam Beggs jihadism here at Weekly Standard.
After Begg’s release from Guantanamo, he penned a book in which he freely admitted that he was a jihadist. He admitted connections to all sort of al Qaeda characters in the book. Begg also helped spread jihadist propaganda, including that of Anwar al Awlaki, who was eventually killed in a U.S. drone stroke. Begg even became the poster boy for a short-lived first-person shooter game in which players would be able to blast their way out Guantanamo, killing virtual American soldiers in the process. (Public outrage in the U.S. led the company behind the video game to halt production.)
None of this stopped Begg from becoming a rock star among anti-Gitmo activists and lawyers. A few activists here and there, such as Amnesty International’s Gita Saghal and Salman Rushdie, objected to the alliance with Begg. But their calls were by and large ignored.
When the ACLU wanted to produce a video showing the supposed horrors of Guantanamo, it made Begg its star witness.
When Osama bin Laden was killed, the Washington Post solicited an op-ed from Begg, who taunted the U.S. by arguing that the al Qaeda master made America “tremble.”