Cheney's Role in Al Qaeda Resurgence in Yemen and Use of Terror
Highlighting former Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney's micro-management style in all things related to Guantanamo Bay Prison, during the administration of President George W. Bush, former United States Ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsberg, notes former President Cheney personally orchestrated the release of 11 Saudi Arabian nationals, with two, upon release, joining al Qaeda in Yemen.
In February, 2009, the New York Times reported that U.S. counterterrorism officials confirmed that one of the Cheney repats was Said Al-Shihri, who became the deputy leader of the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda, and that he was suspected of being involved in a deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen in 2007. Shortly after the attack, Shihri appeared in an Al Sahab Al Qaeda video production along with another Cheney repat identified as Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi, who also rejoined Al Qaeda in Yemen. Based on a comprehensive review by the Defense Intelligence Agency 14% of the 530 Gitmo detainees released through Cheney's direct approval (74 to be exact) have either been identified as reengaging in terrorism or suspected of doing so.