Author of ‘Guantanamo Diary’ Held Without Charge at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years Is Cleared for Release

Editor’s Note: There’s a difference between being a terrorist and being a “suspected terrorist” with no due process… Can you imagine being locked up in a place like Guantanamo Bay for nearly a decade and a half without even being charged with an actual crime?

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The author of the best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary,” Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been cleared for release after being held at the military prison for 14 years without charge.

A panel of national security, intelligence, and other officials determined Ould Slahi posed no significant threat to the US and paved the way for his release.

Slahi, the author of the best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary,” appeared before the Periodic Review Board on June 2, according to the ACLU.

The government of his native Mauritania has said that it would welcome him home.

“We are thrilled that the PRB has cleared our client,” said Nancy Hollander, one of Slahi’s attorneys.

“We will now work toward his quick release and return to the waiting arms of his loving family. This is long overdue.”

A letter of support from Slahi’s former guard at Guantánamo was among the evidence reviewed by the Periodic Review Board, which determined he was fit for release.

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