After his unilateral decision to trade five dangerous terrorists for an American accused of deserting the Army, Barack Obama received widespread criticism for his apparent eagerness to set our nation’s enemies free. According to recent reports, the Bowe Bergdahl trade might have only been the beginning of sign of things to come.
As a candidate, Obama pledged his support for closing Guantanamo Bay. If these reports are any indication, that goal might just be realized by the end of his second term.
Citing any number of so-called reforms terror suspects received while in American custody, the prison’s parole officers are considering which potentially dangerous inmates to set free first.
According to documents citing Periodic Review Board decisions, 78 of the 149 prisoners currently being held at Guantanamo Bay are slated for release. Even more sentences are scheduled to be considered this summer.
Obama set up the board in 2011 and is solely responsible for appointing its members. Beyond that, reports indicate there is little known about its operations and scarcely any accountability for its actions.
What is known, however, is that Obama has instructed board members not to consider information gained during certain types of interrogation. This means that, in determining which terrorists will be allowed to roam free in the Middle East, a significant amount of relevant data will not be available to those making the decision.
Some of these soon-to-be-free individuals – labeled “forever prisoners” – are believed to pose an imminent threat to Americans should they be released. About three in 10 of those who have already been released, reports show, have been tied to efforts to once again join in terror plots.
Among those likely to target America and our allies after their upcoming release are three men being set free for reasons many might deem inconsequential.
While Ghaleb Nasser Al-Bihani was initially described as a serious threat to America and, even in custody, was responsible for causing prison riots, he is now deemed a reformed inmate who is no longer considered a danger. The reason given for this change of heart revolves around the 34-year-old’s infatuation with yoga and the fact that he has read books about iconic individuals like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama.
Reports indicate Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, is on the fast track to freedom because he insists his only plans for the future involve starting a “milk and honey farm” in Yemen.
Ali Ahmad Mohamed Al-Razihi has a résumé similar to Al Mujahid’s and will reportedly soon be a free man based on what the parole board calls his “positive attitude.”