Obama Wants to Transfer More out of Gitmo, Including Al Qaeda Followers
Despite ample evidence from recent history that it is an unwise idea, President Obama wants to transfer 17 more detainees out of Guantanamo Bay, and he'd like to do it as soon as this week. We do not know who is on the President's list right now, but the information we do have makes it look even less promising than usual. From Fox News:
The group of 17 detainees expected to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay as early as this week includes “multiple bad guys” and “Al Qaeda followers,” a source who has reviewed the list told Fox News.
Little is known publicly about which prisoners are being prepared for transfer, but the Obama administration has notified Congress it plans to ship out 17 detainees – some of whom could be transferred within days.
While the identities of the men are closely held, the source who spoke with Fox News said it includes “multiple bad guys … not taxi drivers and cooks.”
That last quote is a reference to the failures that were past transfers. In particular, in 2012, Osama bin Laden's former cook Ibrahim al-Qosi was sent to Sudan. Despite having completed a "rehabilitation program", he is now a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Even having seen this happen, Obama is still determined to release more prisoners, and this time, the links to Al Qaeda appear to be known and indisputable.
As we enter the last full year of Obama's Presidency, we should expect him to do everything he can to close Gitmo, even if it means resorting to executive action. Common sense and national security are secondary concerns to his leftism. We can see this in his end of the year news conference, where he reiterated his desire to close the prison:
President Obama in his year-end news conference justified the closure of the detention camp, claiming “Guantanamo continues to be one of the key magnets for jihadi recruitment.” But the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, which tracks jihadist propaganda, said that terrorist groups have moved on from using Guantanamo in their recruitment efforts.