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Biden administration transfers first detainee out of Guantanamo Bay


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The Biden administration made its first transfer of a Guantanamo Bay inmate to his home country as the administration pushes to shutter the facility.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday morning the transfer of Abdul Latif Nasir back to Morocco.

In 2016, the Periodic Review Board process ruled that his detention “no longer remained necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States.”


At that time, the board recommended he be authorized to return home, but officials were unable to complete the process before the Obama administration ended. The Trump administration reaffirmed the Periodic Review Board process on Jan. 30, 2018, but did not complete Nasir’s repatriation.

The review board consists of one senior career official from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State, along with the Joint Chiefs Staff and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Nasir was captured on Dec. 15, 2001, as one of 52 fighters who were caught trying to escape to Pakistan. He was transferred to U.S. custody on Jan. 21, 2002, and was taken to Guantanamo Bay on May 3 of that year, per a U.S. Department of Defense memo from 2008 released by WikiLeaks.

He met with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and later received training at multiple al Qaeda training camps where he trained in explosives and poisons.:snip:

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White House considering 'all available avenues' to close Guantanamo Bay

The White House is considering “all available avenues” to transfer prisoners and close the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.

“Our goal is to close Guantanamo Bay,” Psaki said at a briefing. “I don’t have a timeline for you. As you know, there’s a process, there are different layers of the process, but that remains our goal and we are considering all available avenues to responsibly transfer detainees and of course close Guantanamo Bay.”

Her comments came the same day that the Biden administration announced its first transfer of a detainee from the military prison, whittling the number of remaining prisoners down to 39.


U.S. officials announced Monday that Abdul Latif Nasir, 56, would be repatriated to Morocco. The Periodic Review Board decided in 2016 that Nasir’s detention was no longer necessary to protect U.S. national security. Psaki noted Monday that Nasir started moving through the process under the Obama administration but that his case was paused under former President Trump, who was determined to keep the prison open.

Of the 39 remaining detainees, 10 are eligible for transfer, 17 are eligible for a Periodic Review Board, 10 are involved in the military commissions process, and two have been convicted, Psaki noted.:snip:

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What I see in this is a perfect example of how the Federal Government can take a fairly simple idea, Capture, Detain, put on Trial the worst of the Islamic Terrorists and turn it into a World Class Fluster Cuck! Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been sitting in Gitmo since 2006. As of Today July 20 2021 (that's Fifteen Years) "the case is progressing through the legal system, and in August it was tentatively set for January 2021 by Judge W. Shane Cohen" Wikipedia.

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