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Don’t make Obama come down there! Gitmo detainee refuses to leave

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By Doug Powers  •  January 22, 2016 01:45 PM

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President Obama remains as resolved as ever to empty out Gitmo before his time in office ends. Yesterday two more prisoners were released — one an explosives expert who developed bombs for al Qaeda to use against military and civilian targets (what could go wrong?).

But the White House shouldn’t break out the party hats just yet, because one detainee isn’t playing along:

Three Guantánamo detainees were slated to leave the American prison in Cuba this week after about 14 years in captivity. But early Wednesday morning, only two were willing to board the plane.

The third — Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bwazir of Yemen — balked at the last minute, even though he has a history of hunger striking to protest his indefinite detention without trial. In recent days, Mr. Bwazir was “frightened” to leave the prison and go to a country where he has no family, his lawyer, John Chandler, said. The country has not been identified.

Mr. Chandler also said his client — who was born around 1980 and brought to Guantánamo in 2002 — was depressed. He compared his client to a character in the prison movie “The Shawshank Redemption” who has spent so much of his life behind bars that he cannot handle life on the outside after finally being paroled.

Maybe he should be given quarter in the “Closed Gitmo” wing of the Obama presidential library after it opens. In any case, Bwazir will want to get out of there before Obama has the Guantanamo facility carpet bombed on the last day of his presidency as a pay-per-view fundraiser for the DNC.

**Written by Doug Powers

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