Friday, July 25, 2008

bin Laden's top bodyguard let go from Gitmo in '04

Breaking news from McClatchy News service.

This gent, Abdallah Tabarak, helped bin Laden escape by the very clever trick of taking bin Laden's satellite phone. We honed in on the phone, capturing Tabarak, oops.

So, we let Tabarak free; instead we're trying a driver that cooperated with us from, pretty nearly, the start.

Michael St. Ours, an agent with the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service, NCIS, provided the first tidbit. He testified for the prosecution that his job as a prison camps interrogator in May 2002 was to find and focus on the bodyguards among the detainees.

And Hamdan helped identify 30 of them — 10 percent of the roughly 300 detainees then held here. They had just been transferred to Camp Delta from the crude compound called Camp X-Ray, and U.S. intelligence was still trying to unmask them.

Chief among them was Casablanca-born Abdallah Tabarak, then 47, described by St. Ours as ''a hard individual,'' and, thanks to Hamdan, ``the head bodyguard of all the bodyguards.''

What is the purpose of Guantanamo again?

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