Monday, August 15, 2016
President Obama Transfers 15 More Guantanamo Detainees In Efforts To Close Prison
This marks the largest single transfer of detainees from the prison in Barack Obama’s presidency. The 15 men are being transferred to the UAE because repatriating them to their unstable home country has been deemed too risky
Due to the fact that congressional restrictions currently outlaw transferring detainees to the U.S., the Obama administration has relied on other countries to take in prisoners who are cleared for release by an inter-agency review board.
There are now 61 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo.
Lest you think this is a risky unprecidented move on the Presidents part we must first take into account that much larger scale detainee transfers were common under former President George W. Bush. The only reason the release and transfer of GITMO detainees has slowed is because congressional limitations were implemented as soon as President Obama took office. What curious timing, right?
Even with the renewed effort by the President to close the prison it will still be a monumental task to fulfill his campaign promise of closing Guantanamo and eliminating the terrorist recruitment tool before he leaves office in January.