An accused terrorist who allegedly trained with Osama Bin Laden has been released from Guantanamo Bay by the Biden Administration. Abdul Latif Nasser has been repatriated to Morocco after 19 years spent as a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. Nasser is the first prisoner to be released as part of an effort by the Biden Administration to finally close the controversial facility. President Trump had halted any releases during his presidency.
Accused terrorist released with no charges
Moroccan born Abdul Latif Nasser was captured and sold to the US military in 2002 and was accused of being an ally of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
Nasser was at no point during the ensuing 19 years charged with a specific crime or put on trial for his involvement with Bin Laden.
He devoted much of his time in Guantanamo Bay to compiling a 2,000 word Arabic-English dictionary with the limited resources available to him in the facility.
Now Nasser is being sent back to his homeland of Morocco to live with his family and work at a water treatment company operated by his brother.
A military official who was appointed to represent his case reported that Nasser is regrets his past involvement with terrorist groups and intends to quietly reintegrate into Moroccan society.
There are still 39 prisoners remaining at the Guantanamo Bay facility, down from a peak of almost 800 at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Emptying Guantanamo Bay
The Biden Administration aims to accomplish what no past administration has been able to do in bringing an end to the story of the Guantanamo Bay prison facility.
President Obama made the same issue a high priority initially before finding it too difficult to achieve in practice. This left a significant number of prisoners for the Trump Administration to deal with.
Concerned by the high likelihood that closing the facility too hastily could allow many of the extremists to return to active involvement in terrorist activity Trump halted the releases, including that of Abdul Latif Nasser.
The simple solution to the Guantanamo Bay quandary might have been to actually charge all of the prisoners and put them on trial for the crimes they were accused of.
If there was a good reason to believe that Nasser was a threat then he could have been legitimately tried and prevented from ever returning to the fight. If he was not an active terrorist then holding him in captivity for 19 years was somewhat pointless.
Instead of establishing his guilt or innocence either way the Biden Administration is seeking to wash their hands of the matter and make Nasser someone else’s problem as soon as possible. Surely an unsatisfactory outcome for Nasser and everyone connected to his case either way.