Obama to Release One Third of Gitmo Inmates to Libya


Yesterday I wrote about the man that is the alleged leader, Abu Sufian bin Qumu. behind the Libyan attacks that led to the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. He was formerly held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now Barack Obama is set to release 55 Gitmo prisoners into Libyan custody.

According to a list that was made public by the Obama administration, most of those to be released are from Yemen.

Politico reports,

Since 2009, the U.S. Government has kept under wraps the list of detainees approved for release. In a court filing back then (posted here), the State Department's envoy for Guantanamo, Ambassador Daniel Fried, cited a need to coordinate diplomatic efforts to resettle the war-on-terror prisoners.

However, in the new court filings Friday, Justice Department lawyers said that need no longer merited keeping the list secret. They didn't quite concede that the resettlement process has stalled, but that was the implication. Congress has also greatly complicated releases from Guantanamo with a series of legislative measures attached to budget bills that Obama signed into law.

"In the over two years since the [Guantanamo Bay Review] Task Force completed its status reviews, circumstances have changed such that the decisions by the Task Force approving detainees for transfer no longer warrant protection," the DOJ lawyers wrote in their notice to the court (posted here).

"The efforts of the United States to resettle Guantanamo detainees have largely been successful – they have resulted in 40 detainees being resettled in third countries because of treatment or other concerns in their countries of origin since 2009. In addition, 28 detainees have been repatriated to their countries of origin since 2009. Consequently, the diplomatic and national security harms identified [by Fried in a 2009 court filing] are no longer as acute. In Respondents’ view, there is no longer a need to withhold from the public the status of detainees who have been approved for transfer."

The release of the Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo was planned in 2010, but it appears the Obama administration was unwilling to do so because it considered the conditions of the country to be too "unsettled" at the time.

Remember, one of Barack Obama's promises was to close Gitmo. Could this be the opportunity he has waited for? One thing is for sure, in the wake of the Libyan attacks, this seems to be a very poor move on his part.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has also advocated the close of Guantanamo Bay. ACLU attorney Zachary Katznelson said, “These men have now spent three years in prison since our military and intelligence agencies all agreed they should be released."

The ACLU website put out a statement on Friday that reads in part:

Today, just weeks after the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the information, the government released the names of 55 of the prisoners approved for transfer from the prison at Guantánamo Bay. The prisoners were unanimously designated for transfer by President Obama’s inter-agency Guantánamo Bay Review Task Force, which announced a summary of its findings in January 2010. But before today, the government had said the list could not be released because doing so would hamper efforts to repatriate and resettle prisoners in other countries.

Today’s release is a partial victory for transparency, and it should also be a spur to action. These men have now spent three years in prison since our military and intelligence agencies all agreed they should be released.

Not on the list, of course, is Adnan Latif, who died in his cell earlier this month despite having been repeatedly approved for release from Guantánamo.

It is well past time for our government to release and resettle these unfairly imprisoned men.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Horton-Leasman/1130532905 Jane Horton-Leasman

    Why did the people of this Country ever elect this man? This has puzzled me, from day one, that our Country could be so ignorant. We can't blame Obama, as it was the ignorance, socially, economically, and culturally which elected him. This man is not the President, as he has spent fewer days in the White House, than he has travelling throughout the Country campaigning for this coming election, plus vacations and showing up on supposed "talk shows"....which are nothing but the Communist voice of liberals. If he is re-elected, then no one is to blame but the dumbing down of our Country, and we will pay a very high price in all areas of our lives, and the U.S.A. as we know ourselves now will be extenguished and a foootnote in the history of the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerald-T-Burridge-Jr/1209267249 Gerald T Burridge Jr

    please keep the promise and release these individuals in Obama's segment of the White House so they may abuse his wife, His daughters and His Staff before they do so to any other Americans

  • http://www.facebook.com/rocky.vnvmc Rocky Vnvmc

    What about the large number of former detainees who have been recaptured or killed either on the battlefield or in commission of attempted terrorist acts ? It would seem that Gitmo acts just like every other prison, as a establishment of higher learning (for terrorists !)

  • Meeche

    Obama doesn't give one darn that these rerleased Gitmo Inmates - all 55 of them - may come back to kill Americans - doesn't bother him - he just wants his Muslim brothers to go free - this is so rotten - It was assumed a released former Gitmo prisoner killed our Ambassador and Seals last week - this president is not for America at all and it's time Americans woke up and realized this and vote him out in November - he is giving his Muslim friends more and more freedoms here and abroad - He is allowing them to build Mosques all over America and who knows what goes on in those Mosques? One Imman last week said (on Facebook article) he doesn't respect our laws and wants Sharia law to come into effect in America - Why do we let people like this in America - why don't we kick them out instead of catering to their whims to entrench themselves more and more here. We have lost so many freedoms since Obama took over that they are becoming the norm.

  • junkmailbin

    execution solves the problem. They should have been shot as allowed by the geneva convention.

  • Lucky351

    Why is that communist moslem traitor, hussein Obama not in Gitmo with the other molselm killers. Just weeks after our Ambassador to Libya is brutally massacred by these libyan thugs, Hussein decides to release another group of these killers to kill some more. He should be in Gitmo on high treason charges, along with members of the ACLU who are pushing to get more of our enemies released.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Done, no doubt, to help effectuate his "Arab Spring" model for the Middle East...

  • The Shadow

    This is no surprise! Since taking office Obama's agenda from the start was to initate the day by day destruction of the very foundation of American values, traditions, freedom, free interprise, and capitalism; replacing it with communist, socialist, principals designed to slowly disolve everything we hold dear in this nation.
    He has followed the communist manifesto to the letter; attacking systematically transportation, banking, education, communications, heathcare, nation security, the military, and even our religion.
    The only thing he can't conquer is our American spirit and individual resolve.

  • Shears_of_Atropos

    Headline: Gitmo detainees to be released to Libya.....

    ABC (Aug, 2009) Headlines:

    1) Abdel Basset Ali al Megrahi, the only man ever convicted of the 1988 [Lockerbie] Pan Am bombing, which killed 270 people, is expected to be released today...

    2) Convicted Lockerbie Bomber Returns Home to Libya, a Hero!

    History to repeat itself? I'm sure the guys to be released will fit right into today's Libya, but WHERE? Any bets?

  • lance

    Do we have the power to tar and feather this imposter and ride him out on a rail ?
    Denounce him and renounce our freedom!

  • mrbp

    How about he realease 1/3 of all his college transcripts??

  • Chiefbuck

    Before the terrorists are released they will become registered democrats and will have filled out absentee ballots. This action is similar to the DNC plan for immigration reform.

  • Scirel

    He's got to clear out and close Guantanamo before the election, because:

    1. He himself is not an American citizen
    2. He has been involved in killing Americans en masse, by sending them to war

    This makes him an enemy combatant. Enemy combatants are sent to Guantanamo. Therefore, he needs to close Guantanamo so he can't end up there.

    This ends today's logic lesson.

  • June9245

    The Obummer must do everything possible to help his Terrorist buddies kill Americans. No surprise as he said in his book, “if push comes to shove, he is with the Muslims”. How do you like this hope & change!

  • heidihoneighbor

    98% sure Obama himself is a terrorist, but in releasing detainees, and negotiating with terrorists, he removes all doubt.

    Second thing -Why would Gitmo detainees want to leave? We just built a gigantic Olympic size soccer field for them; we provide free meals, exercise and prayer all free.

    Americans can't even get decent roads to drive without paying extra in taxes tolls and fees, but these wild animals are treated like royalty.
    F them! Yeah we burnt the Koran ... BECAUSE THEY WERE writing hidden messages in them (which in and of its self is a crime in their country).
    I'm an American, I work every day, I pay taxes, and I'm NOT sorry.

  • Lalin

    Plan #1 let's release Obama to Libya with a copy of the Islamic film in his pocket along with his cornies, Soros, Pelosi, Reed, Clinton, Holder, others. Plan #2 repeat plan #1.

  • har82

    So bammie is going to release these t e r r o r i s t s ,, to some more - t e r r o r i s t s - , and we are supposed to all feel safer ???. H e l l , the only thing - libya - will do is completely arm them to the teeth and send them back out to b o m b more innocent people .
    Well, - bammie - is a radical mu slim t e r r o r i s t sympathizer . Is he not ??. lol.

  • Truth

    On November 7th, the WH furnaces will be in full force burning the documents the BHO administration doesn't want to ever come to light.

    • har82

      Yup, and I just wonder how many people with have strange accidents,,, as they did in - willies - white house regime lol.

  • Jim

    Our Forefathers gave us a way to remove any elected official; vote, impeach, and try for treason. Treason is the course needed at this time.

  • Bill

    Next time, and their will be a next time very soon, we take no prisoners!