Al-Qaeda Magazine Found in Gitmo

Prosecutor reveals embarrassing security breach
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2012 12:16 AM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2012 6:45 AM CST
Al-Qaeda Magazine Found in Gitmo
Guantanamo detainees sit together reading a magazine in a common area at Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A copy of al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine somehow found its way into a terror suspect's cell at Guantanamo Bay. The security breach was revealed at a hearing yesterday by a prosecutor defending the prison camp's plan to review mail between prisoners and their attorneys, the Miami Herald reports. The magazine, launched in 2010, glorifies al-Qaeda actions including the 9/11 attacks and offers bomb-making tips and messages of support for Gitmo inmates.

A lawyer with a firm that helps Guantanamo inmates sue for their freedom suggested that the magazine was brought in by interrogators. "Detainees have in the past received books, truck magazines, chewing tobacco, personal electronics, and fancy underwear as perks of cooperating with interrogators," he said. It's not clear which inmate received the magazine, or how old the copy was—the magazine's creator was killed alongside radical American preacher Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen last year and no new issues have surfaced since. (Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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