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  • White House Won’t Say if It Pays Other Countries to Accept Guantanamo Bay Transfers

    08/26/2016 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    White House Won’t Say if It Pays Other Countries to Accept Guantanamo Bay Transfers David Rutz BY: August 26, 2016 1:40 pm White House spokesman Josh Earnest would not say Friday whether the United States pays other countries to accept in transfers from the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison, despite being asked directly twice. The Obama administration transferred 15 prisoners earlier this month, leaving just 61 remaining at the Cuba detention facility. The 12 Yemenis and three Afghans were sent to the United Arab Emirates. Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has repeatedly stated his goal to close Gitmo. Fox...
  • U.S. Transfers 15 Guantanamo Bay Detainees

    08/15/2016 5:51:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 15, 2016 | Jess Bravin and Carol E. Lee
    The U.S. transferred 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the largest such movement yet in President Barack Obama’s push to remove most prisoners from the offshore prison before he leaves office in January. The transfer of 12 Yemenis and three Afghans from the Cuba facility to the U.A.E. leaves 61 detainees, a significant drop from the 242 men imprisoned there in 2009 when Mr. Obama took office but short of the president’s longtime goal of closing the lockup. The Obama administration has faced persistent resistance from Congress and the Pentagon to closing the prison.
  • Obama administration approves its largest single release of Guantanamo detainees ever

    08/15/2016 5:20:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 15, 2016 | Dan Lamothe
    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...
  • There is no Guantánamo Bay

    08/02/2016 11:45:06 PM PDT · by HarborSentry · 26 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | Rand Koch
    There is no Guantánamo Bay. That's right. In English, the name is "Guantanamo Bay." There is no accent in the English spelling. It's not "Guantánamo Bay" in Spanish either. They call it "Bahía de Guantánamo." But we're usually not even talking about Guantanamo Bay itself. Most of the time, we're talking about Guantanamo Bay Naval Base or the detention center. Being American facilities, neither of them have accents in their names. Do we do this for Deutschland or München? No, we call those Germany and Munich. We do this even though just about anybody dealing with Germany knows that they...
  • US board declines to release '20th hijacker' from Guantanamo

    07/27/2016 6:49:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 27, 2016 6:41 PM EDT
    A board reviewing the status of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has decided against releasing a Saudi who U.S. authorities believe narrowly avoided becoming one of the hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Lawyers for prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani asked the Periodic Review Board last month to send the prisoner to a rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia for treatment of severe mental illness. The board, made up of representatives of six government agencies, turned down the request in a statement released Wednesday. …
  • A Guantánamo 'ŕ la française' on an idyllic French Island?

    07/21/2016 11:00:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Jul 2016 17:35 GMT+02:00
    As France searches for ways to deal with the threat from jihadists, lawmakers are suggesting radical ideas with one suggesting a French Guantánamo should be opened on an idyllic island off the west coast. The tranquil island of Ile de Ré, which lies just off the La Rochelle on France’s west coast, is used to welcoming tourists from the UK and France in search of peace and quiet. […] George Fenech, MP for center-right Les Republicains party, believes a Guantánamo ŕ la Française could be set up on the island to house all those jihadists who are expected to return...
  • If you oppose slavery, then you oppose radical Islam

    07/16/2016 5:15:57 PM PDT · by HarborSentry · 22 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | July 16, 2016 | Rand Koch
    (Referencing poster in blog website, but you've seen it on Drudge today) This is the poster for the upcoming movie A Birth of a Nation. The movie is probably controversial. But I'm not talking about the movie today. I am talking about slavery. Most people like to think that they would have opposed slavery if they had been around in the 1800s. And most of those people are fooling themselves. I doubt that more than a handful of those movie­makers would have fought against it. Very simply, if you oppose slavery, then you oppose radical Islam. If you do not...
  • GOPs: 'Halt All Releases' from Gitmo After More Ex-Detainee Trouble

    07/14/2016 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 14, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers are asking for a freeze on transfers from Guantanamo Bay and more information about past transfers after one detainee released to Uruguay went missing and another was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the State Department. As Congress blocks President Obama's efforts to close the prison facility, the White House is trying to quickly deplete Gitmo's population. The transfer of two detainees to Serbia was announced Monday, bringing the population down to 76. There were 242 terror suspects at Guantanamo when Obama took office. On Wednesday, the State Department issued the designations of Aslan Avgazarovich...
  • Brazilian airline issues alert for former Gitmo detainee

    07/04/2016 2:49:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 4, 2016 5:21 PM EDT
    A Brazilian airline is asking its employees to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay. The alert about Syrian native Abu Wa’el Dhiab adds to a growing mystery about his whereabouts. Uruguayan authorities have insisted for weeks that he is visiting neighboring Brazil and that as a refugee he is entitled to leave Uruguay. …
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil..

    06/28/2016 4:02:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | June 28, 2016
    With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba. Now officials from Uruguay, Brazil and the United States are scrambling to find Diyab, according to news...
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Where...

    06/28/2016 11:15:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 28, 2016
    Full title: Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil, Whereabouts Unknown With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba....
  • Guantanamo Debates Releasing Ballet Dancer

    06/22/2016 3:57:19 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 15 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 06/21/2016 | Britain Eakin
    A professional-level Russian ballet dancer held at Guantanamo for nearly 14 years asked for a transfer from the prison. The United States says Ravil Kamilevich Mingazov joined forces with extremist groups after 11 years in the Russian military as a logistics warrant officer. After two years with Russia's military ballet troupe, Mingazov spent his years of service doing passport control along the Mongolian border and managing food and cooking operations for a base of 1,500. The U.S. says Mingazov left his military service over the government's treatment of Muslims, sparking his quest to join the al-Qaida affiliated Islamic movement of...
  • Vanity: Who Is To Blame For The Massacre In Orlando?

    06/12/2016 1:03:10 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 67 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/12/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Barack Hussein Obama. Obama was warned, by several advisors on several occasions, to NOT release Moslem terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo. He was warned that the Moslem terrorists would view this as weakness from America and would invite them to kill more Americans. Obama ignored these warnings. Now we have 50 murdered in Orlando by a Moslem terrorist. Reports are that the murderer shouted "Allahu Akbar". He did not shout "Death to the homosexuals!" Barack Hussein Obama owns this massacre. It's all his. He ignored the warnings. Along with the Democrats who voted for him.
  • How I would close Guantanamo

    06/09/2016 4:45:50 PM PDT · by HarborSentry · 20 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | June 9, 2016 | Rand Koch
    My plan for closing Guantanamo would be rather different than President Obama's. I would first restrict the detainees' access to news, and then stop their lawyer visits. Then I'd feed them fake news. Make it look like Hillary wins the election, and that Al Qaeda is winning the war on terror. Make them think the war is ending, and Al Qaeda is victorious. Give them better food, and more benefits, as we're ostensibly remorseful. Tell them they'll all be leaving soon, now that the war is ending. Promise each of them millions of dollars in reparations upon their return to...
  • Ret. Navy Commander: Gitmo Has Not Led to Terror Recruiting Anymore Than a Movie Caused Benghazi...

    05/24/2016 5:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Full title: Ret. Navy Commander: Gitmo Has Not Led to Terror Recruiting Anymore Than a Movie Caused Benghazi Attack Commander Kirk Lippold, retired from the U.S. Navy, testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, insisting that Guantanamo Bay remain open for business. “Keeping Guantanamo open is more important now than ever,” Lippold warned. The terror detention facility, which has held almost 800 terrorist detainees since 2002 and today holds only 80, has been targeted for closure by President Obama, who argues the prison is “contrary to our values.” Other social activists have demanded the...
  • House approves $602B defense bill despite White House objections

    05/18/2016 8:46:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/19/16 | ap
    WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). ADVERTISEMENT The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, seeks to halt a decline in the combat readiness of the U.S. armed forces by purchasing more weapons and prohibiting further cuts in troop levels. But in a 17-page statement on the policy bill, the White House detailed its...
  • Kansas, S.C. officials to slam Obama’s plan to transfer Gitmo detainees

    04/27/2016 2:18:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    State and local officials opposed to President Obama’s plan to transfer terrorism detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the mainland U.S. will get a platform to air their concerns Thursday during a House hearing. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina is among the witnesses who will testify in opposition to the administration’s plan, at the session held by the Homeland Security’s oversight subcommittee. South Carolina is one of the states where the administration is considering transferring detainees, a plan that would need to be approved by a deeply skeptical Congress. Mr. Obama, whose campaign pledge to close the prison is...
  • Guantanamo Bay one step nearer to closing as nine prisoners moved to Saudi Arabia

    04/17/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 17, 2016 | Fraser Moore
    The notorious Guantanamo Bay came one step closer yesterday to shutting its doors after nine Yemeni prisoners were transferred to Saudi Arabia. The US-controlled prison camp on Cuban soil now has 80 detainees, with 26 expected to be released in the summer. The prisoners were unable to be sent back to their native Yemen due to a bloody civil war in the country. A Pentagon spokesperson said: "The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."
  • Former Guantanamo Prisoner Leads Afghanistan's Fight Against ISIS

    03/31/2016 10:18:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 01, 2016 | Laura Cesaretti and Silab Mangal
    Achin’s district governor is at war with an old friend from Guantanamo Bay. It is nearly breakfast time in the governmental office of the Achin district, in the far east of Nangarhar province. The road from Jalalabad, the provincial capital, is a Mediterranean landscape interrupted by mud-brick fortresses topped by an Afghan flag. Less than two months ago, these very check points were constantly attacked by the Islamic State of Khorasan, the South Asian branch of the Iraq and Syria-based group. Their aim is to conquer Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Central Asia countries. Haji Ghalib Mujahid, the district governor, was...
  • Obama admin: Bush released Gitmo detainee who killed Americans

    03/24/2016 9:22:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/24/16 11:23 AM | Susan Crabtree
    The Guantanamo Bay detainee who U.S. authorities say is responsible for killing Americans was released during President George W. Bush’s time in office, according to a senior Obama administration official. “Less than five percent of detainees released since January 2009 are confirmed of re-engaging in terrorism and, of those, none are assessed to have killed Americans,” the official told the Washington Examiner. […] Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said the “clear admission” by the Obama administration of the killings shows that the president’s efforts to close the facility are “detrimental to our security.” …
  • Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans

    03/23/2016 5:37:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Fox News.com via AP ^ | March 23, 2016
    WASHINGTON – Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers Wednesday, triggering sharp criticism from Republicans opposed to shuttering the facility in the wake of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in Brussels and Paris. Paul Lewis, the Pentagon's special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure, declined to provide the GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee with details. He would not say whether the incidents occurred before or after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. "What I can tell you is unfortunately there have been...
  • Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans

    03/23/2016 9:34:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 23, 2016 12:21 PM EDT | Richard Lardner
    Obama administration officials say fewer prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are returning to the fight than before. But they acknowledged during congressional testimony Wednesday that Americans have been killed by released Guantanamo detainees. […] Their remarks triggered criticism from Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee over Obama’s intent to close the facility and house the remaining prisoners elsewhere. …
  • Members of 'Leavenworth 10' languish in military prison, while Gitmo detainees freed

    03/21/2016 6:24:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Obama administration is emptying the military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility of avowed terrorists captured fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but several American service members languish in another military prison for actions on those same battlefields that their supporters say merit clemency, if not gratitude. Among the prison population at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, are remaining members of the so-called “Leavenworth 10,” convicted service members doing terms ranging from 10 to 40 years for heat-of-the-battle decisions their supporters say saved American lives. “The very people who protect our freedoms and liberties are having their own freedoms and liberties taken away,”...
  • Castro demands U.S. give back Guantanamo, lift embargo

    03/21/2016 11:28:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Cuban President Raul Castro told President Obama Monday that the U.S. must return the Guantanamo Bay naval base and lift the embargo against Havana for the countries to fully normalize relations. “The blockade stands as the most important obstacle to our economic development,” Mr. Castro said...
  • Never charged with a crime: the real reasons most Gitmo detainees aren't charged

    03/21/2016 8:33:37 AM PDT · by HarborSentry · 19 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | March 21, 2016 | Rand Koch
    Note: This could be a post I'll be referencing in the future — not just a thought for the day. I could be making changes periodically. Apologies in advance for the length.A guest of Bill Maher recently complained of Guantanamo, “people have not been charged, or tried, and what happened to rule of law? That’s the whole principle of the Constitution.” She apparently has been lied to, and it's about time we clear this up. We see a lot of articles about Guantanamo detainees being “released without charge” or “never charged with a crime.” They want us to believe we'd...
  • Green Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/18/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.
  • Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/17/2016 5:43:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.
  • Congress Committed to Stopping Obama From Handing Gitmo U.S. Naval Station to Cuba

    03/05/2016 11:59:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    resident Obama is not only expected to close Guantanamo Bay, but rumor has it he is prepared to give our U.S. Naval Station in the region to Cuba. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce has prepared legislation to halt this potential dangerous transition. The United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Preservation Act would require the president to seek approval from Congress before making anymore dangerous decisions. “In just a few weeks, President Obama will meet with the communist government in Cuba.  The White House says our Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay is ‘sure’ to be a part of discussions. ...
  • Why Not Shoot Them? A not-entirely-facetious consideration of the Gitmo conundrum

    02/24/2016 7:58:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2016 | Kevin Williamson
    President Barack Obama has renewed his call for closing down the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and has thereby refreshed his conflict with congressional Republicans over the future of the facility, currently home to 91 sundry villains captured abroad during our ongoing national confrontation with the forces of radical Islam. Gitmo presents the government with a triple bind: For President Obama, Gitmo is a hated symbol of President George W. Bush’s (purported) bellicosity and disregard for civil liberties; never mind that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate currently resident in the White House has discovered a strange, new, and convenient...
  • President's Last Ditch Gitmo Plan Falls Flat

    02/23/2016 7:13:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 23, 2016 | Jordan Fabian and Kristina Wong
    President Obama's plan to shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ran into a buzz saw of opposition on Tuesday, underscoring how difficult it will be for him to fulfill a major campaign promise inhis final year in office. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) best summed up the attitudes of his colleagues: He crumpled up the proposal and tossed it in the trash.
  • Photos: Inside Guantanamo

    02/23/2016 5:39:25 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 60 replies
    A selection of lunch meals offered to detainees are displayed in a food preparation area.Automobile magazines are among the reading material available at the detainee library, March 7, 2013.Harry Potter movies are among the titles available at the detainee library inside Camp Delta,
  • Obama Sends Guantánamo Bay Closing Plan to Congress

    02/23/2016 1:04:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb. 24, 2016 | CHARLIE SAVAGE and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President Obama on Tuesday sent Congress a long-awaited plan for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, beginning a final push to fulfill a campaign promise and one of his earliest national security policy goals in the face of deep skepticism from many Republican lawmakers. Congress required Mr. Obama to present a plan as part of the most recent defense authorization bill, and its basic approach echoed the strategy the administration has already been pursuing for seven years. It centers on bringing between 30 and 60 detainees who are deemed too dangerous to release to a prison on domestic soil, while transferring...
  • Flashback - Obama vs. Adm. McRaven on Guantanamo Bay prison

    02/23/2016 11:12:00 AM PST · by Frankusa · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2013
    President Obama's views on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center - namely that the facility "does not advance our national security", but "undermines it" - runs counter to the views of [former] U.S Navy admiral and commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, William McRaven, who, when asked by Sen. Kelly Ayotte - during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing in June of 2011 - whether there was a need for a long-term detention & interrogation facility, like Guantanamo Bay, to gather vital intelligence information - replied in the affirmative, saying that a detention center of this nature is indeed "very...
  • Guantanamo Bay: Obama in bid to close controversial prison

    02/23/2016 8:40:56 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 55 replies
    BBConline ^ | 2/23/16
    The White House has revealed its plans for closing the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility, one of the president's long-standing goals. The Pentagon has proposed transferring the remaining 91 detainees to their home countries or to US military or civilian prisons. But Congress is deeply opposed and expected to block the move. The prison costs $445m (ÂŁ316m) to run annually and closing it was an early promise from President Barack Obama. He told reporters on Tuesday the prison undermines national security. "This is about closing a chapter in our history," said Mr Obama. "It reflects the lessons we've learned since...
  • Guantanamo Bay: Obama Announces Plan to Close Controversial Detention Facility

    02/23/2016 7:54:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 87 replies
    NBC ^ | Feb 23, 2016
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented a long-awaited plan to Congress to shut down the controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, insisting that keeping the prison open is "contrary to our values." "It's been clear that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security," Obama said from the Roosevelt Room at the White House. "It undermines our standing in the world." The plan, which has been on Obama's agenda since he took office in 2009, hinges on the transfer of between 30 and 60 detainees to U.S. soil, and suggesting several possible locations in South Carolina,...
  • Acceptance of Mistakes, Credible Desire to Not Repeat Them Gets Taliban Terrorist Out of Gitmo

    02/22/2016 1:58:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 22, 2016
    In the frantic effort to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo the Obama administration keeps freeing the world's most dangerous terrorists, this month a Taliban soldier who served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard. The Yemeni, Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed, will be released to an Arabic-speaking country with "appropriate security assurances" and "reintegration support," according to the Periodic Review Board (PRB) created by the president to clear out the compound at the U.S. military base in southeast Cuba. "The Periodic Review Board, by consensus, determined that continued law of war detention of the detainee is no longer necessary to protect...
  • Obama Won't Send Any More Captured Terrorists To Gitmo

    02/21/2016 7:43:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    We all know the president wants to close Guantanamo Bay, the plans for which how that will be achieved are expected this month, but what happens if we continue to nab more Islamic extremists? For now, the interrogations occur on naval ships and the prisoners are transferred to other nations' legal systems, or they're brought here to be tried in our court system. That's including military commissions, according to the Associated Press. Yet, this lack of clarity on what to do if we see an uptick in captured terrorists has legal wonks and national security officials unnerved: "If you're going to...
  • Freed Gitmo detainee, ex-bin Laden aide cements place as top jihadist in videos

    02/17/2016 4:34:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2016
    When Ibrahim al Qosi was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2012, a lawyer for the former Usama bin Laden aide said he looked forward to living a life of peace in his native Sudan. Three years later, Qosi has emerged as a prominent voice of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, appearing in a number of AQAP propaganda videos -- including a 50-minute lecture calling for the takeover of Saudi Arabia. ...
  • Eight ISIS, Taliban recruits joined Galloway convoy to Gaza

    02/10/2016 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    A brutal ISIS torturer wasn't the only jihadist terrorist who traveled with former British MP George Galloway to Gaza, it has been revealed. According to a recent report, Alexander Kotey left the UK on Galloway's "Viva Palestina" convoy to Gaza in 2009, and from there eventually made his way to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group. [...] As many as eight Muslim extremists who would later be convicted of or involved in terrorist activities joined the convoy, according to The Times. Among them were Amin Addala and Reza Afsharzadegan, both known associates of Emwazi from west London; and...
  • Prisoner refuses to leave Guantanamo as 2 depart for Balkans

    01/21/2016 5:35:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2016 6:17 PM EST | Ben Fox
    A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base in Cuba, rejecting an offer to be resettled in an unfamiliar new country. Muhammad Bawazir, a 35-year-old from Yemen, refused to board a plane as two other prisoners were being flown out for resettlement in the Balkans, his lawyer, John Chandler, said Thursday. Since returning to his homeland was not an option, he insisted on being sent to a country where he has family. Chandler said he spent months trying...
  • Obama releases al Qaeda’s most skilled explosives expert

    01/21/2016 11:39:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama administration has released one of al Qaeda’s most skilled explosives experts, a man personally praised by Osama bin Laden and who created the shoe-bomb design that was used unsuccessfully to bring down an airliner in 2001. The Pentagon said on Thursday that Egyptian Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah, who may have known of the September 11, 2001 plot, was transferred to the government of Bosnia. Al Sawah fought with the Bosnia army in the early 1990s and eventually made his way to Afghanistan in 2000. Like other members of al Qaeda, al-Sawah began his terrorism career as a...
  • The Terrorists Freed by Obama

    01/16/2016 5:43:09 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Jan, 2016 | STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a "milestone" in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14 detainees, the total now stands at 93. This is nothing to celebrate. In reducing these numbers, the White House has freed dangerous terrorists and set aside military and intelligence assessments warning about the risks of doing so. The Obama administration has deceived recipient countries about the threats posed by the jihadists they've accepted. And President...
  • GOP: Plan to close Guantánamo 'illegal'

    01/15/2016 2:12:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Congressional Republicans are sending an early warning to the Defense Department that its plan to close Guantánamo Bay would break the law. "No matter how hard the President wishes it wasn't the case, transferring dozens of dangerous terrorists to any domestic location is illegal," Republican Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) said Friday. "Moving the detainees to South Carolina, Kansas or Colorado will not lead to even the smallest change in the beliefs or propaganda of radical Islamic terrorists." They added that the President Obama's push to create a "Gitmo North" location within the United...
  • Obama Frees 10 Guantánamo Detainees in Largest Recorded Single-Day Release

    01/14/2016 12:45:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/14/16 | Jordan Shachtel
    The Defense Department announced Thursday that 10 Yemeni detainees have been set free from Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. All of them were sent to the Gulf state of Oman, the Pentagon said. Less than 100 detainees now remain at the military facility. “The Oman transfer of 10 is the single largest transfer to a single country at one time under the current administration,” A Pentagon spokesman told the media. Since the beginning of 2016, 14 detainees have been released from the detention facility. Previously released detainees include Al Qaeda terrorists and a man who pledged to kill Americans...
  • Unreal: Obama Frees Gitmo Detainee Who Vowed to 'Kill As Many Americans As He Could' Upon Release

    01/13/2016 5:02:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    In President Obama's quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, his administration is continuing apace in releasing detainees. We're only 13 days into the new year and four have already been released, including 40-year-old Muhammad al Rahman al-Shumrani. Al-Shumrani's transfer back to his home country of Saudi Arabia is particularly troublesome because he's already made it clear that killing Americans will be a top priority upon his release. According to his leaked confidential file, he reportedly told guards on October 14, 2007, the following: On 14 October 2007, detainee stated, "When I get out of here, I will go to...
  • Ten detainees leaving Gitmo in bulk transfer Thursday, defense officials say

    01/12/2016 12:23:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The U.S. military is preparing a bulk transfer of 10 detainees on Thursday from its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two defense officials told Fox News. The transfer, amounting to about 10 percent of the remaining prisoners, marks the largest group of detainees to be shipped out of the camp since Defense Secretary Ash Carter informed Congress in December his department would transfer a wave of detainees at the beginning of 2016. The accelerated transfers reflect a renewed effort by the president - who is likely to highlight the issue in the State of the Union address Tuesday night...
  • WH: 'We Will Close Gitmo Because It is Bad for Our National Security and Because It's Too Costly'

    01/11/2016 10:16:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2016 | 7:01 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Congress has expressly forbidden President Obama from transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States, but White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough shrugged it off on Sunday. "What the president just said is, he's going to work with Congress, present them a plan to close (the prison), and then he'll make some final determinations," McDonough told Fox News Sunday. "But let me be clear, the president has said from the beginning of this administration that we will close Gitmo because it's bad for our national security and because it's too costly -- $4 million per year per...
  • Move Gitmo Prisoners to Puerto Rico?

    01/01/2016 1:46:51 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 24 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 28, 2015 | Marc Joffe
    The Obama Administration is struggling to find a cost effective way to shift Guantanamo Bay detainees to prisons on the U.S. mainland. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is struggling through an unprecedented fiscal and economic crisis. These two problems could create a unique policy opportunity: to save federal taxpayer dollars and boost the Puerto Rican economy, move the detainees to the Commonwealth rather than to the mainland U.S. At his year-end press conference, President Obama continued to advance the fiscal case for shutting down the Guantanamo detention camp. In answer to a reporter's question, President Obama said, "I think we can make...
  • Despite threats, Obama can’t close Guantanamo through executive action

    12/20/2015 5:11:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    Leaders in Congress and the U.S. attorney general say President Obama simply doesn't have legal authority to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility through executive action, but that fact didn't stop a supremely confident president last week from threatening to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate. At a year-end press conference on Friday -- the same day Mr. Obama signed a massive spending bill that seems to prohibit him from closing Guantanamo on his own -- the president said he will explore the limits of his executive power if the House and Senate don't pass legislation to shutter...
  • US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

    12/17/2015 6:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 6:21 PM EST | Ben Fox
    New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the military's Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, lasting no more than a day, and they will no longer be able to visit inside the two detention center camps where a majority of the 107 current prisoners are held, Marine Corps Gen....