NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biden Releases First Guantanamo Bay Prisoner


On Monday, the Biden administration released its first detainee from the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

The detainee has been identified as Abdullatif Nasser, 50-years-old, who returned home to his native country, Morocco. 

The Guantanamo Bay facility was created by the U.S. following 9/11 to house those captured and detained in terrorism-related activities. It has faced controversy over the use of extreme interrogation tactics like waterboarding and holding detainees without charging them. 

As reported by Just the News, Nasser was cleared for release in 2016 by a review board, but President Trump never authorized his release. 

While the Pentagon says Nasser no longer poses a threat to U.S. national security, he was placed in police custody upon his arrival in Morocco and will be investigated on suspicion of terrorist activities. 

Per Just the News

There are 39 inmates still remaining at Guantánamo. Ten are eligible to be transferred out and 17 are eligible to go through the review process for possible transfer. Another 10 are involved in the U.S. military commission process used to prosecute detainees and two have been convicted.