July 19, 2021
Our goal is to close Guantanamo Bay.White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki on the first Guantanamo Bay detainee released under the Biden administration.
- The detainee was transferred to Morocco.
- We do not know exactly why Abdul Latif Nasir was held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center (he reportedly has a long past of extremist behavior including training in an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan). He was cleared for release by the Obama administration; the Obama admin also aimed to close the military prison in Cuba.
- Important Context: "The office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a 2016 report that about 17% of the 728 detainees who had been released were “confirmed” and 12% were “suspected” of reengaging in such activities."
- Why It Matters: Guantanamo once held 700 prisoners – now the number is down to 39. The Biden administration has made its goal for Gitmo clear, but the White House also admits it cannot close Guantanamo unilaterally. Some of the detainees also have active cases against them.
Here's more of the backstory on the release.
by Jenna Lee,