Obama administration approves its largest single release of Guantanamo detainees ever

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The Obama administration on Monday transferred 15 detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates, the largest release under the current president, the Pentagon said.

The transfer comes as the president faces a looming deadline to keep the promise he made on his first day in office to close the military prison. The detainee population there dipped under 100 for the first time in years in January with the release of 10 Yemeni prisoners, and will shrink to 61 with the latest transfer, underscoring a late effort to move toward closure.

“The United States is grateful to the Government of the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “The United States coordinated with the Government of the United Arab Emirates to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”

The move was immediately condemned by Ed Royce (R.-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He accused the Obama administration in a statement of “doubling down on policies that put American lives at risk” and “recklessness.”

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3 thoughts on “Obama administration approves its largest single release of Guantanamo detainees ever

  1. The very first year he got into office, I had a terrible accident. I was out on the porch to walk my 80 lb Rottie. She spotted a rabbit and jerked me off the porch. The back of my head hit all 3 steps then the concrete sidewalk.

    24 hrs later I was rushed to the ER with the capillaries on both sides of my brain breaking (Mastoid Section).

    When I woke up in the hospital, the first two questions I asked:
    “Is Obama still alive”? and…
    “Did he close Gitmo.”

  2. I WILL get a picture list of all the released Gitmo prisoners, and if I see ANY of them I think I’ll drop them on site- along with any who defend or take up for them. I expect no less from any other true American

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