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The Effectiveness of Gitmo and the Terrorist Detainee Program

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By Miller J. Wilson
For everyone out there that keeps screaming for Guantanamo Bay to be shut down and that our interrorgation tactics, including waterboarding, are ineffective here are 8 plots that have been stopped because of Guantanamo Bay and our interrorgation tactics.


1-The West Coast Airliner Plot: In mid-2002, thanks to leads from a variety of detainees, the US disrupted a plot by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaykh Mohamad (KSM) to attack targets on the West Coast of the United States using hijacked airplanes.
2- The 2004 UK Urban Targets Plot: In mid-2004, the US and its counterterrorism partners disrupted a plot that involved attacking urban targets in the United Kingdom with explosive devices. Some of the key leads to these plotters came from detainees.
3- The 2003 Karachi Plot: In the spring of 2003, the US and a partner detained key al-Qa’ida operatives who were in the advanced stages of plotting an attack against several targets in Karach, Pakistan that would have killed hundres of innocent men, women, and children.
4- The Heathrow Airport Plot: In 2003, the US and several parners–acting on information from several detainess–disrupted a plot to attack Heathrow Aiport using hijacked commercial airliners. KSM and his network were behind the planning for this attack.
5- The 2002 Arabian Gulf Shipping Plot: In late 2002 and early 2003, the work of the US and parner nations to detain two senior al-Qa’ida operatives thwarted these operatives’ plot to attack ships in the Arabian Gulf.
6- The Straits of Hormuz Plot: One of the Arabian Gulf shipping plotters was also working on a plot to attack ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz. His detention disrupted this plot.
7- The Tall Buildings Plot: Working with information from detainees, the US disrupted a plot to blow up tall buildings in the United States. KSM later described how he had directed operatives to ensure the buildings wer high enough to prevent the people trapped above from escaping out of the windows, thus ensuring their deaths from smok inhalation.
8- Camp Lemonier Plot: In early 2004. shortly after his capture, al-Qa’ida facilitator Goled Hassan Dourad revealed that in mid-2003 al-Qa’ida East Africa cell leader Abu Talha al-Sudani sent him from Mogadishu to Djibouti to case the US Marine base at Camp Lemonier, as part of a plot to send suicide bombers with a truck bomb into the base. His information–including identifying operatives associated with the plot–helped us to enhance the security at the camp.
In addition to these plots our interrorgation techniques and detainee program, including waterboarding and Guantamano Bay, allowed us to identify and capture Khalid Shaykh Mohammad as well as many other top terrorist leaders belonging to al-Qa’ida and other organizations. But don’t just take my report you can read the report on the C-SPAN website by clicking HERE.


Miller J. Wilson is currently an AMU student working on his BA in Intelligence Operations. In addition he is a volunteer for his local Medical Reserve Corps and Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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