Afghan’s torturer-in-chief, Haji Gulalai, instilled such fear over his methods of torture that he caused prisoners to tremble when he walked near them. He now rests comfortably in a little pink bungalow rental in Southern California.
What do you want, says a family, member, he helped the CIA?
What I want is for him to be in another country. It seems his life was in danger.
Payment for his services should have ended with money and the safety of his family but that’s my view.
You will be happy to know he has given up his old ways. How much do you want to bet he will be a Democrat?
His old ways were to beat, shock with electrical currents or subject those in his custody to other abuses documented in human rights reports. Some in his custody allegedly disappeared.
He ran Afghan intelligence operations in Kandahar after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 and later served as head of the spy service’s detention and interrogation branch. After 2009, his whereabouts were unknown. He was so brutal that everyone wanted him dead, the Taliban, the U.S., everyone.
The CIA said they had no role in his coming to the U.S. Officials at the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security would not comment on his relocation or immigration status, citing privacy restrictions.
It is unclear who is supporting him financially since he doesn’t work though he does have assets in Afghanistan and his sons work.
Many Afghans have helped the U.S. but we don’t often help them, but we do help this mass murderer who tortured people. The U.S. supposedly doesn’t torture people but apparently we are okay with torturers.
Sgt. Dakota Meyer eventually got his interpreter Fazel to the U.S. after years of effort and using his pull as a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Fazel saved American lives and fought alongside Dakota Meyer the day Meyer earned his Congressional Medal of Honor.
Meyer said Hafez’s actions were just as heroic as his own. When Meyer got to the scene of the Taliban ambush in the Ganjgal Valley, Fazel had already been shot and was making his way out.
“I looked at him and said ‘I need you to go back in.’ He had just had a new kid,” Meyer said. “He said ‘Inshallah’ and said if it is my day to die it is my day to die. He was right next to me. … He was handing me more ammo and at one point he got the gun and was covering me.”
He finally got to the U.S. but it wasn’t easy and it took years.
We abandoned the Pakistani doctor who set up a fake immunization program to capture Osama bin Laden. Dr. Shakil Afridi will spend decades in jail because we failed to help him.
We went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan promising to free the people and then we abandoned them on the precipice of victory. We left many behind, but we saved this torturer. Bravo for us.
You can pick him out of this photo, he’s the one in the sunglasses.
More information atWaPo
h/t Robert Howard