On Wednesday, June 22, while the nation was entertained by a bunch of old radicals sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives Chambers, the Obama Administration made a move to release one more long time resident at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The inmate’s name is Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahab, he’s Yemeni, 37 years old, has spent 14 years at Gitmo, and was once Osama bin Laden’s body guard, according to Pentagon documents.
In the last two years, it has been determined that al-Rahabi is no longer a threat and that his release would not bring material damage to the United States. The country of Montenegro (was once part of Yugoslavia with direct access to the Adriatic Sea, and land access to the Middle East) has agreed to take on the prisoner.
“The United States is grateful to the Government of Montenegro for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon said.
“The United States coordinated with the Government of Montenegro to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” it said.
Given the public trepidation regarding closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay since the bad actors housed there have to be locked up somewhere for the safety of everyone, not just Americans, the reality that this action took place under cover of a bunch of Democrats acting like overgrown teenagers does not quite sit right. It could very well be a complete accident of timing given the amount of planning that would have had to go into the transfer, but it does seem curious.
The one thing that is certain is that Barack Obama is determined to empty Guantanamo Bay as much as he can before he leaves office in January. With this release, there are now 79 people kept at the facility.