Military Times: “The Obama administration ignored the plea of President-elect Donald Trump to stop transferring prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility and sent four more detainees to Saudi Arabia.
The four transfers reduced the detainee population at “Gitmo” to 55.”
Opinion: Not to worry, the former detainees will be reunited with their families and then enter to counseling and rehabilitation programs at Prince Muhammad Center for Counseling and Care. How nice, family men getting counseling, what could go wrong?
In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal December 16, 2016, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, not only castigated the president for his numerous prisoner transfers, but claims that the alleged safety arrangements are a farce:
“We began our investigation two years ago, after the White House released six hardened terrorists to Uruguay. The administration had repeatedly promised Congress that it transfers detainees to foreign countries only after securing specific assurances about how those countries will reduce threats. Meanwhile, the administration wrote Uruguay’s president that none of the detainees had ever been involved in facilitating or conducting terrorism. Both Congress and the Uruguayan government were misled.”
Royce adds a disturbing detail:
“At a March hearing, the administration’s special envoys for Guantanamo Bay closure admitted for the first time that as many as 12 former Gitmo detainees have returned to the terrorist battlefield and killed Americans. According to the office of the director of National Intelligence, nearly one-third of the detainees freed from Gitmo—208 of the 693 detainees who were released under Presidents Bush or Obama—are confirmed or suspected of returning to terrorism.”