A man whose bomb designs were responsible for killing many Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan was released from the Guantanamo prison camp and sent to Bosnia, the Pentagon announced today.
The government also acknowledged that Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sawah could possibly make his way back to terrorism, but that prospect isn’t likely because he cooperated.
The review board set up by President Obama to review remaining detainee transfers decided to release him last February.
The Pentagon also announced the transfer of Abd al-Aziz Abduh Abdallah Ali al-Suwaydi, a 41-year-old Yemeni, to Montenegro.
Al-Suwaydi admitted to being an explosives trainer, according to his files posted by the Times.
Thursday’s transfers mark the 15th and 16th of January. They are part of the president’s bid to release as many detainees as possible in order to bring the remaining detainees to the U.S. and close the prison.
The latest transfers bring the total number of detainees remaining at the prison to 91. One more detainee is scheduled to be transferred this month.
I suppose there’s an alternate universe somewhere where America has a president who isn’t concerned about his legacy and cares more about national security than his place in the history books.
But it isn’t this America. The blood and treasure expended to get these terrorists locked up in the first place should count for something. Sacrifices were made, lives lost so that some of the worst of the worst would be prevented from going about their business of threatening and killing Americans.
But that’s irrelevant compared to securing President Obama’s legacy. In directly contradicting the will and intent of Congress, the president continues to release prisoners who could easily slide back into the world of terrorism while going hell-bent for leather on the road to close Guantanamo. The president has 364 days to fulfill his campaign promise to close the facility and at the rate he’s going, it looks like he will succeed.