Forwarding his plan to close down America’s Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba -- that houses deadly terrorists – President Barack Obama just cleared for release a “forever prisoner” who was found by American intelligence officials to have one or more relatives serving al-Qaeda as a recruiter who can help him re-engage in jihadist plots.
The outgoing president is on a mission to vacate as much of Gitmo as he can before leaving the Oval Office.
“The latest exit from the facility comes as the race to empty out the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, heads into its final stretch,” Breitbart reports. “It brings the number of detainees who could be liberated by the time President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated to 22 of the 59 captives still held at the Guantánamo facility – commonly known as Gitmo.”
Critics argue that Obama is paying little heed to national security concerns as he continues to release prisoner after prisoner – despite their potential to continue terrorist activities once set free.
“Although 27 of the detainees have been deemed ‘forever prisoners,’ – or too dangerous to release – it is clear that that does not prevent Obama’s multi-agency Periodic Review Board (PRB) from liberating them,” Breitbart’s Edwin Mora explained.
In the not-so-distant past, the Obama administration has made it a habit to release indefinite detainees in the war on terror – many of whom have returned to the jihadist battlefield.
“The remaining 10 Gitmo detainees] are in war crimes proceedings at military commissions – six of them death-penalty tribunals,” the Miami Herald reports.
Releasing repeat offenders
Reportedly giving little consideration to their potential to inflict more terror on America and the world once released, the Obama administration has released some of the deadliest jihadist criminals – who will likely continue their terrorism in the name of Islam.
Obama’s parole-style PRB gave the 37-year-old Yemeni jihadist Yassin Qasim Muhamad Ismail Qasim the best of reviews on their December 8 decision to clear his release.
“His responses [during his latest release hearing] were thoughtful and showed an effort to realistically consider the future,” the document reads. “The Board also noted the detainee’s extensive efforts to take advantage of opportunities in detention to better himself, to include multiple academic and art classes, as well as positive engagement with mental health counselors.”
Little was said about his dangerous past and potential to continue his jihadist ways – once released.
“Prior to being taken to the Guantánamo prison in May 2002, the Yemeni terrorist is believed to have fought against the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance – a coalition of mujahideen militias in Afghanistan where he received extensive combat training before his capture in 2001,” Mora informed.
Qasim’s likelihood of returning to the jihadist battlefield were noted in his May 12 United States intelligence profile.
“[Qasim] probably retains extremist views and anti-US sentiment, [as he] had at least one relative who served as an AQAP [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] recruiter and jihadist ideologue as well as other associates who could help him re-engage in extremism if released,” the document states.
And the terror group to which Qasim belonged was found to be one of the most lethal around, and his behavior inside prison walls indicates that he is not willing to submit to American authorities.
“The Yemen-based AQAP has been described as one of the strongest and most dangerous branches of al-Qaeda,” Mora explained. “Moreover, the U.S. intelligence profile noted in May that although he had not committed ‘violent offenses’ in the last two years, ‘he has been highly noncompliant with the guard force relative to other detainees’ during most of his time at Gitmo.”
When Qasim was cleared by Obama’s PRB to be freed seven months later on December 8, the Miami Herald divulged that the terrorist had already been declared to be too dangerous to liberate for years.
Designated as a “forever prisoner’ in March, Qasim was nonetheless regarded by the PRB as fully a fully rehabilitated and changed man.
“The Board considered that the detainee no longer appears to be driven by extremist ideology, the detainee, has taken steps to sever ties with extremists, and the lack of any recent anti-U.S. statements along with improvement in behavior,” Obama’s PRB noted. “The Board recommends resettlement to a GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] country with a strong rehabilitation and reintegration program and mental health access, consistent with the detainees stated preferences, with the appropriate security assurances as negotiated by the Special Envoys and agreed to by relevant USG department and agencies.”
Obama is instructing the released terrorists to be turned loose in jihadist hotbeds, enabling them to inflict more carnage.
“GCC refers to a six-nation coalition of Gulf Arab states that includes war-ravaged Yemen’s neighbors Saudi Arabia – its most powerful member – and Oman,” Mora noted.
The U.S. State department warns that AWAP has widened its influence and strength in Yemen – to its greatest levels ever.
Records indicate that a large percentage of Gitmo prisoners given their release return to their terrorist ways.
“According to the latest U.S. government estimate, nearly three out of every 10 Guantánamo detainees who have been released are suspected or confirmed to have re-engaged in terrorist activities,” Mora shared, noting that President-elect Donald Trump often condemns Obama’s lax policies to free detainees at the Cuban detention facility.