Release: Where is former Gitmo detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab?
MANCHESTER - Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a dangerous former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released by the Obama Administration and resettled in Uruguay, has gone missing. Dhiab had been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 for suspected ties to Al Qaeda.
Uruguay's government said that Dhiab crossed the border into Brazil, but the Brazilian authorities have reported that they have no record of him entering legally. It is important to note that the Olympic Games are due to open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.
While federal police are now searching for the 44-year-old who spent 12 years at Guantanamo Bay, Governor Maggie Hassan has still never answered what she meant when she said she would, "consider closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison" last October, or what she would do with the prisoners if the detention facility was closed.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"Part-time Governor Maggie Hassan is still hoping she never has to answer for her reckless comments about closing Guantanamo Bay. She is anticipating that she will never have to take a single, credible, consistent position on terrorism or border security. Even more concerning is the fact that she believes she can actually skate by without answering these tough questions.
"Abu Wa'el Dhiab was considered so dangerous that he spent more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay. Now he is free, and he has gone missing. We know how porous our Southern border is. We know how serious the threat from Islamic terror is especially to large events like the upcoming Olympic games in Rio. We know there is a dangerous former Guantanamo Bay detainee on the loose in South America. Does Maggie Hassan?
"Granite Staters deserve to know whether Governor Hassan still wants to close Guantanamo Bay. Does she support greater security along our Southern border? What is her answer to the growing terrorist threat? Especially given how much time she has been spending with elite liberal donors in Washington DC, she most certainly has the time to answer these important questions. After all, she is clearly not overwhelmed by her duties as governor."