The Biden administration took another step forward to close the Guantanamo Bay prison at the U.S. military base in Cuba. The repatriation of Abdullatif Nasser, a Moroccan terrorist commander of the Al Qaeda terrorist group accused of blowing up two giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan and threatening to “kill all Jews,” was confirmed Monday.
The release of Abdul Latif Nasser, 56, Newsweek reported, was the first step taken by President Biden to reduce the prison population at Guantanamo Bay, following in the footsteps of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Nasser, 56, was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 19 years after being detained under the law of war in the armed conflict against the terrorist group Al Qaeda.
According to a Pentagon memo leaked in 2008, Nasser was born in Casablanca, Morocco, on March 4, 1965.
“If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means and desire to successfully reintegrate into society as a law-abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee would seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities at home and abroad. Since transfer to JTF-GTMO, detainee has made statements of support for violent terrorist activity. Detainee has threatened U.S. personnel and included references to the 11 September 2001 attacks within his threats,” the memo reads.
According to published reports, there were many reasons to keep Abdul Latif Nasser locked up. However, even the Obama administration, which was tasked with releasing all Islamic terrorists, had encountered problems in freeing Nasser and failed to do so.
Government documents describe the accused Al Qaeda terrorist as a real danger to the security of the United States. He is recognized as an explosives instructor who also trained al-Qaeda recruits in the “use of AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades, Beka machine guns and mortars,” while receiving “advanced training in explosives and poisons” at the chemical laboratory at Osama bin Laden’s Mall Six Compound.
According to AP News, certain Human Rights groups reportedly pressed for the terrorist’s release during 2016. Still, the Trump administration denied the requests due to lack of evidence, at the same time that the president expressed his willingness to continue operating the Guantanamo prison.
In communicating Nasser’s release, the Pentagon cited pressure from Human Rights groups. It asserted that his detention was no longer necessary to protect U.S. national security, although it did not provide any assurances on the matter.
The State Department said President Joe Biden’s administration would continue “a deliberate and thorough process” aimed at reducing the Guantanamo detainee population “while safeguarding the security of the United States and its allies.”
What makes President Biden’s decision even more controversial is that he is repatriating Nasser to Morocco, a country ruled by the “Muslim Brotherhood,” which recently congratulated the terrorist group Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, on its “victory” over Israel. Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda leaders had also been members of the Brotherhood.