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Saturday, June 13, 2015

6 Gitmo detainees sent to Oman signaling restart in transfers

For starters I thought Congress was going to put a stop to this. Also you would think Barry learned something after Bergdahl's final destiny will be behind bars. 

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The truth be told he didn't care about Bergdahl. The real goal was to get more detainee's released.

Wonder if the idiots who voted for Barry knew...

to fulfill his campaign promise of closing down Gitmo the tactic employed would be releasing everybody there? 

After 911 does anyone really care about waterboarding or what happens to these bastards? Why are they living and Timothy McVeigh is dead? In particular, why is KSM and Zacarias Moussaoui still sucking air?

You got to love the word play here. (You know, like workplace violence substituted for terrorism) in the article below they're not being released... they "transferred". Which in essence is a slow motion release, and of course we all know the Muslims in Oman can keep better watch over them then our own military.

 In his desperation to fulfill his one and only campaign promise he's putting lives in jeopardy

He admitted as much with the Taliban 5:

President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his Taliban prisoner swap could blow up in his face — or somewhere else around the globe.

The five hardened terrorists sprung from Guantanamo Bay for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return could rejoin the jihad on America, the President conceded in defending his decision.

“Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” Obama told a news conference in Warsaw.

“That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo. There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place.”

Hey, but what the hell...that's the next president's problem right? His forte is creating problems, not solving them. 

And in that regard he is remarkable!


June 24, 2010: the entrance to Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay. (AP)

Six men held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center arrived in Oman Saturday, the first movement of detainees of out the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects in five months as Congress considers new restrictions on transfers.

The six detainees are all from the embattled country of Yemen – Oman’s neighbors. They all boarded a flight from the prison in Cuba Friday, decreasing the population of the prison down to 116. The move means President Barack Obama has now transferred more than half of the 242 detainees who were at Guantanamo when he was sworn into office after campaigning to close it.

However, Obama remains far from achieving his closure goal, with just a year and a half left in office. Lawmakers are threatening to make the movement of prisoners even harder. The transfers to Oman are the first to be given final approve by Defense Chief Ash Carter, who has been on the job four months.

The six new transfers include Emad Abdullah Hassan, who has been on hunger strikes since 2007 ni protest of his confinement without charge since 2002. According to court documents, Hassan said detainees have been force-fed up to a gallon at a time of nutrients and water. He is accused of being one of many bodyguards to Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden and being part of a group planning to attack NATO and American troops against the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

The five other detainees sent to Oman were identified by the Pentagon as:

— Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad Awad, also both alleged bodyguards to bin Laden;

— Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Mas'ud, whom the U.S. said fought American soldiers at Tora Bora before his capture in Pakistan;

— Saa'd Nasser Moqbil Al Azani, a religious teacher whom the U.S. believes had ties to bin Laden's religious adviser; and

— Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki, who allegedly arrived in Afghanistan as early as 1998 to fight and support the Taliban.

"The United States is grateful to the government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," the Defense Department said in a statement announcing the transfer. "The United States coordinated with the government of Oman to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures."

The Oman News Agency reported early Saturday that the men would be living there “temporarily,” without elaborating. Sultan Qaboos bin Said approved the men being in the country to aid the U.S. while also taking into account the men’s “humanitarian circumstances,” the agency reported.

Oman's decision to accept the men comes as it has played an increasingly important role in mediations between the U.S. and Iran as world powers try to strike a nuclear deal over the Islamic Republic's contested atomic program.

All of the 11 detainees transferred this year have been from Yemen. At least 43 of the remaining 51 approved for transfer this year are from Yemen.

The Obama administration won't send them home due to instability in Yemen, which has seen Shiite rebels known as Houthis take the capital, Sanaa, and other areas despite a campaign of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting them. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen's local branch of the terror network that the U.S. considers to be the world's most dangerous offshoot of the group, also remains active in the country.

"We are working feverishly to transfer each of the 51 detainees currently approved for transfer," said Ian Moss, who works on detainee transfers at the State Department. "It is not in our national security interest to continue to detain individuals if we as a government have determined that they can be transferred from Guantanamo responsibly."

Some lawmakers want to impose stiffer requirements for transferring Guantanamo detainees to other countries. Obama has threatened to veto a House bill in part because of the Guantanamo restrictions.

An administration official said Oman agreed to accept the six Yemeni detainees about a year ago. But the defense secretary must give final approval to the move, and that has been a slow process at the Pentagon.

The U.S. administration official, speaking on a condition of anonymity without authorization to go on the record, told The Associated Press the Pentagon has sent no further transfer notification to Congress, which is required 30 days before detainees can be moved.


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