Upon being shown a picture of Ibrahim al Qosi, a former Guantanamo detainee who has returned to the fray and is now a leader in al Qaeda, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that "he's not supposed to be doing that."

How very naughty of Mr. al Qosi! Also how very unsurprising to anybody who is not Secretary Kerry. Here is the story from the Free Beacon:

During the hearing, Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) asked Kerry for his thoughts on Ibrahim al Qosi, the former Guantanamo detainee who is now a prominent al Qaeda leader, and had staffers hold up a picture of the terrorist for Kerry to see.

“Let me just ask one question,” Kirk said to Kerry. “I want to show you a picture of Ibrahim al Qosi, who was recently released by the administration to the Sudanese, and he appeared on some al Qaeda videos recruiting people for AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula].”

Kirk went on to say, “Now that he’s out, I would hope we would end the policy of issuing terrorists to terrorist nations, and where they can get out.”

Sudan, where al Qosi was released, has a long history of terrorist activity with Sunni jihadist groups and individuals like al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden as well as with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Sudanese government has also been internationally accused of committing genocide in Darfur.

Kerry paused for a moment before saying to Kirk, “Well, Senator, he’s not supposed to be doing that. And there are consequences for that, and there will be. But apart from that, the fact is that we’ve got people who’ve been held without charges for 13 years, 14 years in some cases. That’s not American, that’s not how we operate.”

Actually, if you don't regard terrorism as merely breaking the law, it is how civilized nations must operate. The detainees at Guantanamo are not jaywalkers or even bank robbers. Kevin Williamson of National Review explains what they are:

The prisoners held at Gitmo are, for the most part, what is known under international law as “francs-tireurs,” non-uniformed militiamen who conduct sabotage and terrorism operations against occupation forces. Under Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions, fighters eligible for the protections extended to prisoners of war are obliged to meet several criteria, including the wearing of uniforms or fixed insignia and — here’s the rub for the Islamic State et al. — conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war. Non-uniformed militiamen and insurgents sawing the heads off of Wall Street Journal reporters do not qualify for Geneva Convention protections. They are, under the applicable international law, subject to summary execution, as are captured spies, terrorists, and the like.

For the record, Kevin is being facetious when he proposes shooting them and I would certainly resist that temptation. Our consciences are different from those of these men and I for one am happy to foot the bill for "three hot halal meals and a Koran" to keep these monsters out of circulation as humanely as possible. And unlike the man who negotiated the Iran nuclear deal I don't expect them to become Boy Scouts after Gitmo. That is why the president's plans for closing Gitmo scare the heck out of me.

Meanwhile, Spanish and Moroccan police on Tuesday picked up four apparent terrorists, including a Gitmo alum. He is described as "a leader who was trained in handling weapons, explosives and in military tactics." He was held in Gitmo from  2002 to 2004. He is a Bush-era release, but apparently the Obama administration has learned little from such mistaken releases.

So here's the deal–President Obama's successor will likely have the job of hunting down and recapturing people we already had at Gitmo–let's hope they can catch 'em before they kill too many innocent people.