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Administration: More Gitmo Prisoners Will Be Freed

From the Agence France Presse:

Moves to clear Guantánamo gathering pace

Administration officials say more prisoners will be freed

05 Jun 2014

Moves to free detainees from the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay are gathering pace as the administration works to close the notorious jail, a top US official has said.

"There are a significant number of transfers in the pipeline at various stages and I think you’re going to be seeing substantial progress this year," the senior administration official said.

The official refused to be drawn on any specific figures amid a furore over the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for a captured US soldier in Afghanistan.

Something tells us the floodgates will open right after the midterm elections.

Of the 149 prisoners still remaining in the jail in southern Cuba since the weekend releases, 78 have been approved to be freed without charge. The group, which includes 58 Yemenis and four Afghans, are awaiting transfer out of the jail.

US administration officials are actively working to find countries which will take them, as many cannot be sent home because of fears to US security or because they face persecution at home.

And we certainly wouldn’t want these poor terrorists to face persecution. (Which, by the way, is why the Taliban Five were released to Qatar instead of Afghanistan. Where several of them had earlier plotted to kill Mr. Karzai, among other things.)

"We’re very pleased with the progress that we’re making on foreign transfers," the official said, asking not to be named

"Of the 71 who are not approved for transfer, there are 10 who are actually facing charges in the military commission system," the official said. These include the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, and his cohorts.

The other 61 prisoners have been divided into two groups – some 38 are in continued detention and eligible to have their cases reviewed, while 23 have been referred to prosecution.

US President Barack Obama has repeatedly vowed to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, which opened in January 2002 under the administration of then President George W. Bush.

But his pledge has been hampered by Congress’s refusal to allow any of the inmates to be sent to US prisons for trial within the federal courts.

Where they would be subject to release by a federal judge. But, since Obama was thwarted with that plan he has just decided to bypass Congress. One more time.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 9th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Administration: More Gitmo Prisoners Will Be Freed”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I am reminded of Al Pacino as John Milton in Devil’s Advocate: You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God… and where can you go from there?

  2. captstubby says:

    “Contestant number one;

    what TV game show would best describe the Tailiban Swap?”

    Lets make a Deal.
    The Price is Right.
    the Gong Show.

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