In President Obama’s quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, his administration is continuing apace in releasing detainees. We’re only 13 days into the new year and four have already been released, including 40-year-old Muhammad al Rahman al-Shumrani.
Al-Shumrani’s transfer back to his home country of Saudi Arabia is particularly troublesome because he’s already made it clear that killing Americans will be a top priority upon his release.
According to his leaked confidential file, he reportedly told guards on October 14, 2007, the following:
On 14 October 2007, detainee stated, “When I get out of here, I will go to Iraq and Afghanistan and kill as many Americans as I can. Then I will come here and kill more Americans." 35 ? (S//NF) Detainee stated, "I love Usama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar and if I ever get out of Guantanamo I will go back to fight the Americans and kill as many as I can." Detainee stated he hated all Americans and will seek revenge if ever released from Guantanamo. 36 ? (S//NF) Detainee said that if he is released, he would again participate in jihad against the enemies of Muslims, to include the United States. Detainee is proud of what he has done and what he is willing to do anything to fight against enemies of Muslims. 37 ? (S//NF) Detainee stated he decided to become more religious because of his dislike of the US and its citizens.
“If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law-abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee would immediately seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities at home and abroad,”part of his file stated.
Yet now, the Obama administration’s periodic review board has determined he does not pose a “continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.”