Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gitmo Detainees Cleared for Release: Ha, GOP Says Sit Tight

Just Checking - yep, still in detention - they ain't goin' nowhere soon

Washington Post story update on the release of detainees at Gitmo - some for 10 years or so - and already cleared for release - glitch: no place to go. And, GOP-run Congress may make it worse.

A few facts grabbed from the article:

1.  [...] 645 detainees have been have been transferred out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to 55 different countries.

2.  [...] 431 of those 645 detainees — two-thirds of the total — were sent to just five countries: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Yemen, and Algeria.

3.  [...] 15 countries received between 5 and 15 detainees, including Uruguay, which received six. That total: 142 detainees.

4.  [...] 30 countries received 5 detainees or less each, including the U.S. which holds 2 in custody: That total: 72 detainees.

5.  [...] 122 detainees remain in Guantanamo.

6.  [...]  57 detainees have been approved for transfer, hopefully by the end of 2015, 

However, the GOP has thrown a few monkey wrenches in the mix, like this major possibility: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is sponsoring a bill that would extend the ban on bringing detainees to the United States and would effectively bar future transfers to third countries.

Meanwhile, the White House is drafting a plan that officials hope will receive the support of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as an alternate to Ayotte’s measure. McCain has previously expressed openness to shutting the prison.  

Continue reading at the WaPo link ... this is an interesting story and change of events for too long overdue. Stay tuned, we shall see.

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