The Obama administration has offered a $5 million reward for information about a top al-Qaeda terrorist who was released from Guantanamo Bay years ago and transferred to a “rehabilitation” program in Saudi Arabia, Fox News reports.
Following his time in the “rehabilitation” program, he returned to the battlefield and became a top leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The George W. Bush administration released Ibrahim al-Rubaysh in 2006 after being held since 2002.
“Al-Rubaysh also serves as a senior advisor for AQAP operational planning, and is involved in the planning of attacks,” according to the State Department’s Rewards for Justice website.
A Defense Department spokesman defended the Obama administration’s release of Gitmo prisoners, claiming more than 90 percent of detainees transferred under the president’s watch “have resumed quiet lives in various countries."
The spokesman, Lt. Col. Myles Caggins, reportedly said the “Defense Department and five government departments and agencies conduct thorough security and intelligence reviews prior to transferring Guantanamo detainees.”
In 2014, 23 detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay. Further, roughly 132 more prisoners are expected to be transferred in the near future.
Critics have urged against releasing Gitmo prisoners out of fear that they will return to the battlefield and plot new attacks, just like al-Rubaysh is accused of doing.