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US Department of Defence handout photo dated 11 January 2002 of detainees in orange jumpsuits sitting in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. UK AND IRELAND OUT
An article entitled "Get Out Of Jihad Free" in the June 2007 issue of The Atlantic magazine details a program in Saudi Arabia in which al-Qaeda members were rounded up and given amnesty if they renounced their brand of militant Islam.
"It [the Saudi govt] put them through an intensive religious, psychological, and familial counseling regimen, known as the "advisory committee" program, aimed at rehabilitating them."
A key part of the program was the contact prisoners had with their families where they were often put to shame. It's no secret that al-Qaeda consists mostly of those who had been alienated--or at least felt alienated, or were convinced to feel alienated--from their country, culture and/or the base strength we all need: our families. This is pretty much how a cult or extreme organization allows its existence.
The author of the article, Terrence Henry, concludes:
"The Saudi program would not work at Guantanamo Bay--a place entirely isolated from family and Muslim culture--but it deserves a close look in Europe and Asia, and in other parts of the Middle East. And its apparent success so far holds a larger lesson for the American government: Al-Qaeda is a spiritually vulnerable organization. In the battle for the "hearts and minds" of Muslims, it is no juggernaut. Taking that battle more seriously--if only by minimizing the sorts of inflammatory statements and actions that generate al-Qaeda recruitment posters--might go a long way toward turning al-Qaeda from a global movement back into an isolated, if dangerous, cult."
A link to the article: