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Obama Aide: Under New Gitmo Plan, Some Detainees Would Be Sent to U.S.

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Stepping up transfers of 52 detainees who have been deemed eligible for release to other countries, while moving the rest to Supermax prisons in the United States or to military prisons where they will be tried before military commissions.


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Phyllis P (232)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 11:54 am
Dawn arrives at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for suspected militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba in 2013.

President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor said today the White House is about to launch a new effort to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, citing escalating costs that is forcing the U.S. government to spend $3 million a year to house and care each of the 116 remaining detainees.

“That doesn’t mean just unlocking the door and have somebody go willy-nilly to another country,” Monaco said about the planned transfer of detainees to overseas countries. “It means a painstaking establishment of security protocols that would govern the transfer of that individual.

“Let’s look at this,” Monaco added. “Why hand over this albatross to the president’s successor?”

President Obama announced plans to shut down Guantanamo on his first full day of office. But he has been consistently thwarted by Congress, which has barred him by law from transferring any detainees into the U.S.
And there were signs today Republican opposition remains strong, on the heels of news reports that two former Guantanamo detainees were arrested in Belgium on charges of recruiting foreign fighters to go to Syria.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 1:41 pm
This has gone on too long. With our do nothing Congress maybe they can finally do something and get this site closed.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 1:49 pm
I agree with Dandelions comment. Thanks for sharing Phylis.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 2:44 pm
Thanks for sharing this promising news Phyllis.

S J (124)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 3:13 pm
i am looking forward to seeing it 's closed. may i count down?
thank you Phyllis

Artur B (125)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 3:18 pm

Nicole W (646)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 3:48 pm
ty Phyllis

Shirley S (187)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 4:29 pm
It is still going to be a painstaking process.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 4:53 pm
About time his promise to close when he was first in office! Took a while to get the ball rolling! It should remain shut for good! Thanks Phyllis!

Christeen A (300)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 4:56 pm
That's the last thing we need.

Animae C (509)
Sunday July 26, 2015, 5:17 pm
Thanx Phyllis

Roro l (0)
Monday July 27, 2015, 2:02 am
thanks for sharing

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday July 27, 2015, 4:03 am
Obama is trying to keep the promises he's made and closing Guantanamo is one of them. He's tried before but as with everything else Obama has suggested, Republicans opposed/blocked it, just because he suggested it. There is only one exception to that rule (fast track TPP) and it is doubtful that Republicans will let him close Gitmo this time. Even the reason that it costs too much for the government to maintain, one of the GOP's favorite to attack this administration on, will not soften their stance. They simply will not allow Obama to make good on his promise and allow him a success. Makes you wonder what Trump or Jeb would do with Gitmo if, goodness forbid, one of them came to office.

Rhonda B (99)
Monday July 27, 2015, 6:33 am
Thank you for sharing Phyllis.

TomCat S (125)
Monday July 27, 2015, 11:21 am
I'm all for it, but haven't Republicans already passed a law that forbids bringing detainees to the US?

Past Member (0)
Monday July 27, 2015, 4:53 pm
Noted--thanks Phyllis.

Sherri G (128)
Monday July 27, 2015, 11:57 pm
It should have been done long ago. This congress is worthless. TY Phyllis noted.

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday July 28, 2015, 5:05 am
I'll believe it when I see it.

Darlene W (289)
Wednesday July 29, 2015, 1:06 pm
Thank you for sharing this and definitely agree with Dandelion. Bless all who care.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 3:30 pm
Let's wait and find out if the GOP put up other roadblocks.
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