The tide of public opinion seemed to flow against the detention facility at Guantanamo, a backlash against President George W. Bush and his War on Terror. The contentious nature of the holding site became a battle ground for the Democrats in 2008 and Barack Obama promised to shut it down. Easier said than done.
This week, the only thing that potentially saved death and disaster from becoming reality is a tip.
Jabr al-Faifi (al-Fayfi)
Who is Jabr al-Faifi?
He is an al-Qaeda (al-Qaida) member, based in Saudi Arabia. He turned himself in to authorities in mid-October.
What does this have to do with Guantanamo?
Jabr al-Faifi is a former Guantanamo detainee. He completed a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia, fell back into al-Qaeda, but apparently felt remorse or had second thoughts and turned himself over to Saudi authorities.
Thanks, President Bush, for doing what so many found distasteful.
It could be argued that without the time at Guantanamo and the follow-on rehab, Jabr al-Faifi may have had no such remorse.