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February 5, 2014

To the Marine Corps: Let Sgt. Hutchins go

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The question goes unanswered, the silence juxtaposed this week with another round of Taliban releases from Afghanistan jails, and the president’s promise to close Guantanamo Bay.

There is even more to the Hutchins case than is widely known. Last year, it came out that not long after Mabus’ 2009 comments, Reyna Hutchins received word from the FBI that she was on an al-Qaida hit list. So, too, was Tom Bolinder, a founder of the Military Combat Defense Fund, which has helped defray Hutchins’ legal expenses. The list was drawn up by Paul Rockwood Jr., an American convert to Islam and follower of the late jihad-imam Anwar al-Awlaki. Rockwood would be featured in al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine. Fearful months passed before Rockwood’s capture and conviction on terrorism-related charges in 2010. He’s serving an eight-year sentence.

Now, the Marines have Sgt. Hutchins in their sights instead. There’s something wrong with this picture.

(Diana West’s new book is “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character” from St. Martin’s Press. She blogs at dianawest.net, and she can be contacted via dianawest@verizon.net. Follow her on Twitter @diana_west_.)

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