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As Biden releases first Guantanamo detainee, could the camp’s closure be far behind?

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Judy, the Biden administration says its goal is to close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Today, they began that process by releasing Abdul Latif Nasser. He was never charged with a crime, but remained detained for nineteen years. Today, he was repatriated to Morocco, where he will remain under tight security measures.

Nearly 800 prisoners have passed through Guantanamo since detainees first arrived there in early 2002. Now 39 remain.

To discuss this move, I’m joined by Tom Durkin. He’s the lawyer for Abdul Latif Nasser.

Tom Durkin, welcome to the “NewsHour,” and thanks for making the time.

Tell me, what was your reaction and his when you learned he was going to leave Guantanamo today, after nearly two decades?

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