Jihadi ‘catch and release’ is a dangerous failure

Saudi Arabia has arrested and deported more than four thousand illegal aliens since mid-November. Yemenis make up 75 percent of the 4,452 foreigners apprehended in the sweep, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Given these numbers, it is easy to forget the nine terrorists previously held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who were recently released by the Kingdom. The Yemeni Islamic extremists were released by President Obama in the waning days of his presidency.

The Obama administration released the jihadists to Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation” at the Mohammed bin Nayef Center for Counseling and Care. The center is touted as a reentry program for “former” jihadist, providing religious re-education, vacations, conjugal visits and art therapy. Maybe coincidentally the Center’s namesake, Mohammed bin Nayef, was among the Saudi Royals detained by Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman in his anti-terrorism and corruption sweep.