A terror suspect who was once profiled as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard is a step closer to leaving Guantanamo Bay, Fox News reports.
Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported the latest details this morning on the case of 36-year-old Yemeni foot soldier Saeed Sarem Jarabh.
Jarabh was captured in 2002 as he fled the mountains of Tora Bora in Afghanistan, where bin Laden was believed to be hiding out after the 9/11 attacks.
Now, a federal parole board has cleared Jarabh to be transferred out of Gitmo, calling him a "low-level" fighter.
He had previously been classified as a "forever detainee," meaning he was deemed too dangerous for release, but evidence for prosecution was insufficient.
According to Herridge, analysts believe the Obama administration is now accepting more risk that detainees will return to terror activities as it ramps up its efforts to further empty the prison and shut it down before the president leaves office.
The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently testified to Congress that the terror recidivism rate is at 18% among Guantanamo transfers in the last 4-5 years.
She said in almost all of the recent transfers, there have been no meaningful restrictions on the freed detainees once they arrive in a third country.
Herridge said about 122 detainees are left at Gitmo, with 50 cleared for transfer. The administration, she reports, is said to be trying to reduce the population under 100 so the remaining detainees can be moved to a U.S. federal prison.
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