Apparently, the United States has been releasing high-level detainees in Afghanistan for years so that in return, insurgent groups will temper their actions in areas the United States cannot control. The “strategic release” program has been used as a form of diplomacy since direct negotiations with the Taliban have failed.
Hilariously, the detainees must promise to give up violence; they are told that if they are caught practicing violence, they will be-brace yourselves-detained again. U.S officials are mum about how many released prisoners have returned to violence once they’ve been freed.
One official, wisely choosing to remain anonymous, said, “Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks.”
The Obama administration has failed at resolving the Afghanistan situation through negotiation, supposedly because the Taliban insists five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay be released, and the US has refused. At the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, however, prisoners can be released without Congressional approval. The prisoners are only released after U.S. military official confer with insurgent commanders, who promise that violence will decreases in their area once the prisoners are freed. If their promises are taken as “sincere” by officials in Kabul, then presto, chango!: the prisoners are free to go.
Considering that the Islamic practice of Taqiyya, which means concealing, precaution, guarding, is routinely employed by the Arabic world in its jihad with the West, and factor in the fact the Taliban killed 3000 Americans in the 9/11 attacks, is it not the most ludicrous tactic ever conceived to let Islamic prisoners go on their word of honor?