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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release


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Gitmo Prisoner, Hunger-Striking for Nine Years, Cleared for Release

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

A U.S. government review board said Friday that Abdul Rahman Shalabi, a prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been cleared to return to his native Saudi Arabia.

Shalabi, one of the first prisoners brought to Guantánamo in January 2002, was never charged with a crime. The government said he had been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and had links to al Qaeda's external operations chief, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is facing trial by military commission at Guantánamo.


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Republicans must be shitting in their yellow golf pants.


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Republicans? Yes, if you include Obama as a Republican.

Didn't he make a promise about Gitmo in 2008?

As I predicted years ago, Obama will release most or all of the Gitmo prisoners in his final year, to establish his legacy of "closing" that prison. But how many of those released will actually experience any freedom? What do you think being "rehabilitated" in Saudi Arabia means? How many political prisoners do you think are being held on American bases and in foreign prisons of US "allies" around the world?


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"Republicans? Yes, if you include Obama as a Republican.

Didn't he make a promise about Gitmo in 2008?"

If you remember, when he tried to close Gitmo and try the prisoners in the US, Republicans freaked out and he caved.


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It should be noted that other (illegally held) prisoners at the (illegal prison at the illegitimate) US base in Guantanamo Cuba, have been "cleared for release" and not released.