President Joe Biden is giving Saudi Arabia a prisoner with nothing in return, at least now. What Biden just did was release a dangerous terrorist with no agreement of anything in return, but what’s more notable is that he should never have been released, to begin with.
Imagine that on January 6, 2020, Capitol Riot members killed a politician. That didn’t happen, but you know that the individual and anyone involved in planning the event or participating would be held in prison for the rest of their lives and likely, some would be put to death.
Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani is released from Guantanamo Bay after 20 years and sent to Saudi Arabia for “mental health” treatment.
Soon after, Saudi Arabia officials refused Biden’s phone call to speak about oil and energy.
It means that they don’t care what Biden does. They’re unwilling to get themselves involved with Biden on the world stage. Honestly, who can blame them? Biden has primarily caused this conflict in Ukraine because of his foreign policies and previous family history that allowed and encouraged corruption. Does anyone think that Russia would be okay with that?
To beat it all, there was no trial.
Al-Qahtani’s attorney, Ramzi Kassem, said, “After two decades in US prison without a trial, Mohammad will now receive the mental therapy he has long required in Saudi Arabia, with the support of his family. Keeping him at Guantanamo, where he was tortured and twice tried suicide, would have resulted in his death.”
Would that have been different than the life sentence he was likely to receive if there was a trial?
The Department of Defense said, “On June 9, 2021, the Periodic Review Board process found that Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani and war detention was no longer necessary to defend against a continuing major threat to US national security.”
Remember, September 11, 2001, took the lives of 2,977 people. Al-Qahtani would be the 2,978th person to lose their life because he was supposed to be on a hijacked plane.
The Department of Defense continued, “As a result, the PRB recommended that al-Qahtani be repatriated to his home country of Saudi Arabia, subject to assurances of security and humane treatment.”
You might be thinking, poor al-Qahtani, that man has been held without trial for 20 years. Still, you must understand that he was arrested and detained while fighting against the United States military.
The mishandling of the war on terror has been spoken about in length and has made many wealthy in the US, including politicians. That’s not to say al-Qahtani should be freed or held, but his direct involvement with 9/11 should give a good idea that he shouldn’t be free.
In normal circumstances of “prisoners of war,” the individuals are freed after the war, but this is much different due to the actions al-Qahtani was planning on taking.