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U.S. Announces Transfer Of Guantanamo Prisoners

September 30, 2009 by  

U.S. announces transfer of Guantanamo prisoners The Department of Justice has revealed three detainees have been transferred from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Ireland and Yemen.

The move follows an executive order signed by President Obama on January 22 mandating the closure of the controversial facility within a year. Since the prison was opened by President Bush in 2002, it has become a target of attack from libertarians around the world alleging it violates the detainees’ human and civil rights by denying them open and timely access to courts.

According to the DOJ, the U.S. has coordinated with the governments of Yemen and Ireland to ensure the transfers take place under appropriate security measures and will continue to consult with their governments regarding the detainees.

Media reports suggest the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force has cleared 78 detainees, or about a third of the population of the facility, to leave. The administration has been working on resettling them, which in some cases involves finding a place for them in foreign countries due to fears they may be subject to cruel treatment at home.

For example, there is now a deal with the island nation of Palau to take in as many as 12 Chinese Uighur detainees, while another four have been moved to Bermuda, according to the Washington Post.

Upon assuming office, Obama also banned the use of torture during interrogation of terrorist suspects.
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  • Robert

    I feel bad for the Irish. They are nice people. As for Yemen, why shouldn’t we release them back to a county that state sponsors terrorism. I think this president needs to watch TV reruns of 09/11. Maybe then he’ll get it.

  • iaido

    Turn them loose. Take the terrorists half way across the ocean and turn them loose. Take B.H.O. while you are at it.

  • John the Carpenter

    Boy, not much action on this topic.
    I guess you guys kinda would like to ignore Bush/Cheney’s little playground in Cuba!

    What makes you think the person released to Ireland isn’t Muslim or the ones released to Yemen aren’t Irish.

    You boys say some stupid (WORD REMOVED FOR OFFENSIVE CONTENT)!
    Like implying that President Obama needs to watch reruns of 911.
    I’m sure he’s WELL more aware of what happened on 911 than any of us.

    You don’t agree with banning torture?
    Maybe we can send you down to Gitmo on some trumped up charges so you can see how much fun it is!

    Get over it chumps! We finally have a president with a brain in his head and he’s doing his damndest to fix the mess that last frat boy, Dubya, left for him!

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