Gitmo Articles

Lying About Gitmo

Dec 28, 2015

Let's begin with the conclusion: Barack Obama is releasing dangerous terrorists against the recommendations of military and intelligence professionals, he's doing so at a time when the threat level from radical Islamists is elevated, and he is lying about it. He is lying about how many jihadists he has released and lying about their backgrounds, all part of his effort to empty the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.

We write this knowing the accusation is a strong one and that the word lying will offend the sensibilities of the establishment media. There is an unwritten rule that requires euphemizing lies with gentler descriptions, especially when talking about the president of the United States.

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17 Transfers from Gitmo Imminent

6:57 AM, Dec 17, 2015

The Obama administration is set to release another 17 detainees from Guantánamo Bay. The New York Times reports that the defense secretary has notified Congress of the iminent transfers:

The Obama administration appears to be on the cusp of the largest round of transfers of Guantánamo Bay detainees in a single month since 2007, a move that could reduce the detainee population there to as low as 90 by mid- to late January, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has notified Congress in recent days that he has approved 17 proposed transfers of lower-level detainees, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to

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Obama Vows to Continue to Close Gitmo

7:48 AM, Nov 19, 2015

After meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama reiterated his vow to close Guantanamo. The president said that he could Americans safe and release the terrorists held there.

Via the pool report:

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Britain's New Jihadist Hero Released from Gitmo

7:24 AM, Oct 31, 2015

For years, the British government and a network of anti-Guantanamo activists have agitated for the release of Shaker Aamer. Now their wish was finally granted. Aamer has been released from Guantanamo. He is receiving a hero’s welcome in the UK, where much of the media has treated him as an innocent who was wrongly detained.

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More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

10:48 AM, Sep 04, 2015

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have rejoined the jihad.

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State Department Seeks 'Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders'

7:11 AM, Jun 30, 2015

Although President Obama has not yet fulfilled his promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the population there is gradually shrinking as detainees are repatriated or released into the custody of foreign governments.

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Apr 06, 2015

Jobs? Former Gitmo Detainees Say Thanks, But No Thanks

2:30 PM, Feb 20, 2015

The infamous "Uruguay Six" have turned their up noses at gainful employment, according to their host country's president.

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Hagel: 'Going to Be Very Difficult' to Close Gitmo

12:18 PM, Jan 25, 2015

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it won't be easy to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. The outgoing Pentagon chief made the comments to NPR:

Can Obama keep his revised promise to close the Guantanamo facility before leaving office? "It's going to be very difficult," Hagel said, "especially if the Congress further restricts where these last 122 detainees go." Congress has already barred them from being sent to the United States.

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Five More Transferred Out of Gitmo

10:27 PM, Jan 14, 2015

The Department of Defense announced this evening that five more terrorists have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay. This time, four have been transferred to Oman and one to Estonia. Here's the press release announcing the release to Oman:

Detainee Transfer Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati, and Mohammed Ahmed Salam from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Oman.

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CNN, Washington Post Peddle Gitmo Snitch's Story

Jihadist Moazzam Begg, the Gitmo snitch
8:01 AM, Dec 17, 2014

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg is back in the news this week. On Sunday, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Begg to get his perspective on the recently released report, written by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, concerning the CIA’s controversial interrogation program. Zakaria teased Begg’s segment at the beginning of his show, saying, “Moazzam Begg wants an apology. He was held in U.S. prisons and says he was abused and witnessed torture. What is his response to the report?

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Gitmo 'Poet' Now Recruiting for Islamic State

7:25 AM, Nov 19, 2014

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost’s oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself “Caliph Ibrahim I” and declared that his Islamic State was now a “caliphate.”

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The Flow of Fighters

11:33 AM, Oct 31, 2014

If one objective of the bombing campaign in the Mideast was to stop – or, at least, reduce – the flow of fresh recruits to ISIS, then it has failed. As Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports

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GOP: 'Keep Terrorists Off U.S. Soil'

'Obama’s Foreign Policy Is on the Ballot'
8:01 AM, Oct 27, 2014

The Republican National Committee announced today a new ad campaign arguing "Obama's Foreign Policy Is on the Ballot" in next week's election. 

Here's the ad:

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Boehner: Don't Import Gitmo Terrorists to America

2:41 PM, Oct 10, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner has issued this statement in response to a press report indicating that the Obama administration might bring the Gitmo terrorists to America:

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Keep It Open

1:21 PM, Jun 16, 2014

The War on Terror may be over but the warriors seem to be keeping busy.  Which could mean that those already in captivity should be kept there and that space should be available as more are captured.

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Did Gitmo Detainees Know of Transfer Before Congress?

3:53 PM, Jun 09, 2014

Did the detainees in Guantanamo Bay know about the transfer of five senior Taliban commanders before members of Congress?

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The LA Times Whitewashes the Taliban Five

4:35 PM, Jun 07, 2014

There is a concerted push to sanitize the records of four of the five Taliban leaders transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar. But before delving into some of the specifics, let us recount the basic facts.

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Obama Flips on Taliban Commander

Three years ago, Obama went to court to keep a Taliban leader at Gitmo. Now he's out.
10:00 AM, Jun 07, 2014

While some top Obama administration officials are downplaying threats posed the five senior Taliban officials released from Guantanamo in the prisoner exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, not long ago the administration went to court to prevent one of those men from going free.

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Podcast: The Bergdahl Swap is a Terrible Deal

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:15 PM, Jun 03, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with Thomas Joscelyn, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and frequent contributor on why the Bergdahl swap is a terrible deal for American Security.

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WH in 2013: Return of Bergdahl, Release of Detainees Two Separate Issues

10:08 AM, Jun 03, 2014

At the White House press briefing Monday, Jay Carney was not asked directly about his statement from June 2013 that "we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance w

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Warren on Gitmo and the Bergdahl-Taliban Swap

11:07 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Michael Warren, earlier today on Fox News:

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Fellow Soldiers: Bergdahl Deserted

6:00 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Several men who served with Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan say Bergdahl deserted in 2009 before being captured by the Taliban. Bergdahl's release this weekend as part of an exchange with the U.S. for five top Taliban operatives who were being held in Guantanamo Bay has prompted those servicemen to speak out. Jake Tapper at CNN reports:

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The Trouble with Qatar

Taliban Hails 'Great Victory'
5:42 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, doesn’t make statements often. Omar is so reclusive that some have even speculated that he is either dead, or otherwise incapacitated in Pakistan.

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Five of the Most Dangerous Taliban Commanders in U.S. Custody Exchanged for American Captive

2:42 PM, May 31, 2014

The Obama administration announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held by the Taliban for several years, has been freed from his captors.

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Four More Former Gitmo Terrorists Returned to Battlefield

7:07 AM, Mar 06, 2014

The semi-annual report on "Re-engagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba" was released on Wednesday

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The Real Moazzam Begg

1:01 PM, Feb 25, 2014

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested earlier today as part of raid conducted by counterterrorism officials in the UK. Begg has spent most of his time living in the UK following his release from Guantanamo in 2005. He is one of the most prolific anti-Guantanamo advocates.

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Obama Administration's Benghazi Bombshell

10:05 PM, Jan 07, 2014

The Washington Post reports that U.S. officials suspect Sufian Ben Qumu, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, “played a role in the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, and are planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorism organization.” Ben Qumu is based in Derna, Libya and runs a branch of Ansar al Sharia headquartered in the city.

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Former ‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Leaves El Salvador

2:10 PM, Sep 27, 2013

An interesting thing happened when McClatchy newspaper’s Tim Johnson went looking for two former Guantanamo detainees in El Salvador. He discovered they had left the country. A State Department spokesman says the U.S. government is aware of their departure, but “will not comment on the specifics of their decision to resettle elsewhere or their current whereabouts.” According to sources familiar with the men, who are ethnic Uighurs, it seems likely they have relocated to Turkey.

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