Did Gitmo Turn 'Lost Kid' Into Suicide Bomber?

Case highlights questions as Obama decides inmates' fate
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2009 11:19 AM CST
Did Gitmo Turn 'Lost Kid' Into Suicide Bomber?
In this Dec. 7, 2006 file photo, reviewed by the US Military, a soldier keeps watch from a guard tower overlooking Camp Delta detention center on Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A young Guantanamo inmate described by a lawyer as just "a kid who was lost" ended up bombing an Iraqi army outpost last year, killing 13 soldiers. While he was originally thought to be a low-level Taliban fighter—one of the “least dangerous” at Gitmo—his lawyer says his treatment at the prison fueled his transformation. “Guantanamo took a kid—a kid who wasn't all that bad—and it turned him into a hostile, hardened individual.”

A Post investigation found that misbehavior cost  Abdallah Saleh al-Ajmi his few comforts. He was frustrated by mistreatment and an early lack of legal help, and his lawyer described the Kuwaiti’s shift from polite to vicious. The case raises tough questions for an Obama administration studying what to do with detainees after closing the prison, the Washington Post reports. (More Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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