In early March, the Biden administration is planning on transferring Mohammed al-Qahtani, the mentally ill and suspected 9/11 hijacker, to a detention center in Saudi Arabia.
This decision was made after the Pentagon spoke last Friday of the Periodic Review Board determining that “the continued law of war detention of the detainee is no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.”
The board also “expressed confidence in the efficacy of the Saudi rehabilitation program.”
Two decades ago, Qahtani was supposed to have been a 9/11 hijacker. However, Qahtani was turned away from entering the United States a month before the attack. It is believed that Qahtani was supposed to have been one of the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field after passengers regained control of the plane from the hijackers.
When Qahtani was initially captured, a senior Pentagon official determined that Qahtani could not be prosecuted after how he was treated in Guantanamo Bay. However, security officials also determined that he was too dangerous to release, so they kept Qahtani detained for over 20 years.
Before Qahtani can be transferred to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Secretary, Lloyd J. Austin III, is required by law to tell Congress if he is satisfied with the transfer 30 days before it happens.
Of this transfer, Republican Representative Mike Rogers said, “On September 11th, 2001, Al-Qaeda terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people. Mohammed al-Qahtani was supposed to be one of the hijackers that day. He flew to America to participate in the attack and would have succeeded but for sharp-eyed INS agents. The leader of the 9/11 attacks, Mohamed Atta, was waiting in the airport parking lot to pick up al-Qahtani when he was denied entry to the United States.”
“According to press reports, the Biden-Harris Administration now plans to release al-Qahtani from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia,” Rogers continued. “Letting a 9/11 hijacker walk free is an appalling capitulation to the far-left.”
Republican Representative Elise Stefanik also released a statement on the transfer. She said, “Joe Biden continues to show weakness on the world stage. This time, by releasing a co-conspirator in the 9/11 hijacking that took 3,000 lives, Mohammed al-Qahtani, to Saudi Arabia. It is absolutely appalling that the President would release a known terrorist out of U.S. custody.”
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Stefanik continued, “Allowing this 9/11 co-conspirator to walk free is turning a blind eye to the horror the 9/11 hijackers reaped on the world, and especially New Yorkers. While we will never forget the tragedy and loss of life of 9/11, Joe Biden is turning his back on the thousands of families who lost loved ones on that fateful morning over 20 years ago.”
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