Monday, December 16, 2013

GITMO: Two more 'get out of jail free' cards

From the DoD:

No. NR-071-13

December 16, 2013 

Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Mr. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Mr. Hamood Abdulla Hamood from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As directed by the President's Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were designated for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force. In accordance with congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals.

The United States is grateful to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances.

Today, 160 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

Remember these names.  Are YOU paying attention?

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