Skip to comments.Obama admin to transfer six Guantanamo prisoners
Posted on 08/19/2009 1:53:58 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) The Obama administration plans to transfer six prisoners abroad from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, part of the effort to close the controversial facility by early 2010.
The detainees include those previously ordered released by U.S. courts or whose release has been approved through the Obama administration's review process, a Justice Department official said, declining to give further details.
The administration notified Congress around August 6-7 of the planned moves, starting a 15-day waiting period before the transfers can begin.
One, Mohammed Jawad, could be sent back to Afghanistan as early as Friday. But authorities are still considering criminal charges in U.S. court which accuse him of throwing a grenade that wounded two American soldiers and their translator in late 2002, so there is a chance he may not be released.
The Miami Herald reported that Congress was told two detainees would be moved to Portugal and two would be sent to Ireland. Already, 11 prisoners have been sent overseas since President Barack Obama took office in January.
Obama has pledged to close the prison by January 2010 after it was opened in 2002 by the Bush administration to house suspected militants in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.
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Flags fly above the sign for Camp Justice, the site of the U.S. war crimes tribunal compound, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba July 15, 2009, in this photo, reviewed by the U.S. military. REUTERS/Brennan Linsley/Pool
>>> criminal charges in U.S. court which accuse him of throwing a grenade that wounded two American soldiers and their translator in late 2002 <<<<
WHY is he still alive?
And there’s a real good chance that we will be dealing with these same people when the grown ups take over our government again.
Are they being transferred to “Mack Daddies” merry band of thieves and liars, should fix in fine.