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Krauthammer’s Take: I’m Not Against Prisoner Swaps, I’m Against the Unilateral Release of Prisoners During War

On Monday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer discussed the proposed swap of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, for two Americans being held abroad. Al-Marri was recently released from a U.S. jail and is now in the custody of Qatar.

“What I worry about is not a prisoner swap,” Krauthammer said, “it’s the unilateral release of prisoners in the middle of what is obviously a raging war against us.”

Krauthammer explained that he was also concerned by the fact that al-Marri, who was sentenced in a civilian court, was expected to be released from a U.S. prison in one year’s time anyway.

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