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The Uighurs Are Coming, the Uighurs Are Coming!

Despite being steeped in jihadist ideology, trained in explosives and assassination tactics, and anxious enough to get that way that they high-tailed it from China to Afghanistan to become more lethal terrorists, the Uighur Muslim detainees will be released by the Obama administration into the United States, according to this Los Angeles Times report. After all, the president has promised to close Guantanamo Bay this year, and that promise can’t be fulfilled unless we release the jihadists since many of them can’t be tried. How are we going to convince other countries to be good sports and endanger their populations unless we sow a few of them among the American people? (The LATimes suggests that you folks in Virginia may be the lucky winners in this lottery: “[M]any Uighur immigrants from China live in Washington’s Virginia suburbs, and advocates have urged that the detainees be resettled near people who speak their language and are familiar with their customs.”)

No reason to worry about these guys. What about Tom Joscelyn’s thorough reporting about their training by Abdul Haq, a member of al Qaeda’s shura council (the network’s inner circle)? What about their joining other jihadists in rioting at Gitmo? What about federal statutory law that makes aliens excludable from the U.S. if they have received terrorist training or been affiliated with a terrorist organization? No problem for our ”rule of law” president who says the security of Americans is always foremost in his mind.

Should be an interesting assimilation. Here’s a sampling from the LATimes story (italics are mine to emphasize the weasel adjectives — even the sympathetic Times can’t bring itself to say these people are not a security threat):

The Uighurs oppose the Chinese government but do not consider the U.S. government a direct enemy. Still, many of the Uighurs hold strict views of what is permitted under Islam.

Within the prison, Uighurs are not considered a grave threat and are allowed greater freedom, such as television privileges, than other detainees.

But the TV privileges underscored potential difficulties to come, according to one current and one former U.S. official. Not long after being granted access to TV, some of the Uighurs were watching a soccer game. When a woman with bare arms was shown on the screen, one of the group grabbed the television and threw it to the ground, according to the officials.

Since then, officials at Guantanamo have bolted down the TVs and shown pre-taped programs, editing out any images they thought Uighurs might find offensive.

No word yet on how the administration plans to bolt down and pre-tape the Uighurs’ new neighbors.

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