Biden Quietly Releases al Qaeda Terrorist Majid Khan to Belize as U.S. Focused on Chinese Spy Balloon

While Americans focused attention on the Chinese spy balloon floating its way across the country, the administration of President Joe Biden quietly released an al Qaeda terrorist, who was radicalized following the September 11 attacks, from Guantanamo Bay. 

The Pentagon announced that Majid Khan was moved to Belize after 16 years in CIA custody. Authorities maintain that Khan was a close personal friend of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed (KSM), an al Qaeda leader, who helped transport other senior terrorists and deliver money. Under Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s plans, Khan would have attacked U.S. water reservoirs and gas stations. 

Khan was the only legal resident of the United States being held at Guantanamo and says he has changed and promises to be a law-abiding resident in Belize. 

The former prisoner’s release comes only a week before a United Nations visit to the detention center in Cuba as U.S. officials work to free an additional two other al Qaeda terrorists. 

Khan graduated from a high school in Maryland before joining the terrorist organization. He returned to Pakistan after graduation and joined al Qaeda to become a direct subordinate of KSM, the principal architect and senior operational planner of the September 11 attacks.

According to documents, Khan was tasked by KSM with delivering money and transporting other senior al Qaeda officials to carry out the violent and deadly attack on the Jakarta, Indonesia Marriott Hotel in 2003.

Khan: “I have changed”

After his release, Khan said, “I have been given a second chance in life and intend to make the most of it. I deeply regret the things that I did many years ago, and I have taken responsibility and tried to make up for them.”

“I continue to ask for forgiveness from God and those that I have hurt. I am truly sorry,” his statement continued.

“The world has changed a lot in 20 years, and I have changed as well. I promise all of you, especially the people of Belize, that I will be a productive, law-abiding member of society. Thank you for believing in me, and I will not let you down. My actions will speak louder than my words,” said Khan.

Khan’s legal time also thanked the government of Belize for “offering him a chance to begin a new 

life.”

He begins his new life in Belize after completing a 10-year sentence in March 2022.