Obama has been the ultimate master of diversion. He goes out campaigning when he knows everyone will be focused on what he has to say. That is the perfect cover to release his terrorist homeboys from Gitmo in the dark of night.
The Obama administration is “scrambling” to empty out Guantanamo Bay, transferring 30 of the remaining 80 prisoners to foreign facilities over the next two months.
Of the 80 remaining detainees, 30 have been cleared for an overseas transfer. Most will leave starting in late June and continuing into July, according to a U.S. official. Those prisoners will go to a number of countries, including at least one in Europe, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the administration had not authorized public release of the information.
Seven additional detainees are facing trial by military commission, including five charged with planning and supporting the Sept. 11 attacks. Three others have been convicted. But commission proceedings have gone on at a glacial pace. In April, the Pentagon put forward fresh proposals for Guantanamo, but none has been incorporated into defense legislation moving through Congress.
The remaining 40 were either at one time considered for prosecution or held as indefinite “law of war detainees” until the end of hostilities in the fight against terrorism that began after the 2001 attacks. The United States started using Guantanamo for suspects in January 2002; at its peak, the facility held about 680 prisoners.
The Periodic Review Board has been conducting “parole-style” hearings for men determined to be “too dangerous to release.” Recently the Board has picked up the pace, holding more than 20 “hearings” this year. AP writes, “Outcomes are leaning heavily in prisoners’ favor. If the government keeps up its current pace of about two per week, it wouldn’t complete hearings, much less arrange for transfers, until December.”
The U.S. is also working with foreign countries to prosecute the prisoners overseas. AP’s source did not name specific terrorists but said there could be between five to ten cases.
Obama made a campaign promise back in 2008 that he would close Gitmo but that is unlikely to happen at this point in his administration. However, if he releases most of the prisoners it’s effectively the same thing.