Already drowning in crises, the mainstream media opted to ignore entirely what should be the Biden administration’s latest scandal.
Called the “20th hijacker” of September 11th, Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown back to Saudi Arabia on Monday from Guantanamo Bay, where he had been in custody for 20 years. He was suspected of trying to join the 9/11 hijackers on Flight 93, which had four hijackers, while all the other hijacked planes had five. Al-Qathani was turned away from the U.S. in August 2001 at the Orlando airport thanks to immigration officers suspicious of his travel.
And now, with the agenda of closing Guantanamo Bay in hand, the Biden administration has somehow decided al-Qathani is no longer a threat.
He’s the second prisoner released from the facility, and there are now 38 prisoners remaining, half of which have been cleared for release.
The State Department said in a statement about the release: “The United States appreciates the willingness of Saudi Arabia and other partners to support ongoing U.S. efforts toward a deliberate and thorough process focused on responsibly reducing the detainee population and ultimately closing of the Guantanamo Bay facility.”
Aside from conservative leaning outlets, the transfer got practically no media attention. NewsBusters’ Kevin Tober examined the big three evening news broadcasts, and found that:
Instead of reporting this despicable news, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News all decided their time was better spent on local weather reports, a fire in New York City’s Central Park, and a small plane crash in Denver Colorado.
While those are all important stories in the local communities where they took place, they aren’t as big of a story as the release of a terrorist who would’ve taken part in the terrorist attacks that killed nearly three thousand Americans if he wasn’t denied entry into the United States in August 2001.
Additionally, not a single article mentioning the name “Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani” has been published on the websites of CNN, MSNBC, NPR, or the Huffington Post this week.
Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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