President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects Thursday, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military trials of suspects and ban the harshest interrogation methods. (Jan. 22)
That was his FIRST Executive Order.
Despite his election promise, the MIC has been thwarted in his stated goals by an uncooperative Congress over the years. Never one to take "NO" for an answer, the MIC has continued to release GITMO residents a few at a time, one of the most egregious being the recent swap for Bergdahl.
Remember these guys?
Terrorist Exchanged For Bowe Bergdahl Now Top ISIS Commander
16 September 2014
Mullah Mohammed Fazi, one of the five Guantanamo Bay detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, has been confirmed to be currently in Iraq. Fazi, the Taliban’s former Defense Minister, is serving in a leadership capacity within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
Reports indicate that Fazi, classified by a 2008 Pentagon dossier as being considered a high risk to the United States if released, appears to be heavily engaged in the systematic murder of Iraqs non-Sunni population.
To those of us paying attention, this is not news. About the same time as this release was happening, Vice News published this:
Now comes this from Fox News:
Pentagon prepares for more detainee releases from Guantanamo Bay
November 29, 2014
The Pentagon is preparing to transfer more detainees from Guantanamo Bay in coming weeks despite continued Republican opposition, according to defense and congressional officials.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, after five detainees were transferred last week, there will be another round in December, but defense officials refused to disclose further information on their numbers or nationalities.
Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, complained at a recent hearing of an increase in notifications by the administration to lawmakers on coming transfers from the detainment facility.
President Obama promised since before he took office that he would close the controversial detention center, a move that has been opposed by many Republicans.
The transfers come shortly after the announcement of the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was criticized by administration officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal for moving too slowly to certify detainees for release....