Lawmaker Demands Obama Halt All Gitmo Transfers


A senior House Republican asked President Obama to “immediately halt” any further transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees, as it had been determined that released prisoners are returning to terrorism.

In a letter written to Obama on Tuesday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce urged the president to cease further transfers, as the U.S. was sending the detainees to countries that they knew had no ability to prevent terrorist activity.

Royce wrote, “The committee has just received a troubling new report from the intelligence community indicating that former detainees recently transferred out of Guantanamo Bay by your administration are attempting to return to terrorism.”

Related: Former Gitmo Officer Condemns Obama’s Terrorist Transfers

“Your efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay cannot come at the expense of U.S. national security,” he continued.

In the letter, that was also copied to President-elect Trump, Royce talked of former detainee Tariq al-Sawah, who was transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2016, despite allegations that he was an al Qaeda explosives expert who designed devices used in U.S attacks.

“Yet the administration transferred al-Sawah—a man with a highly dangerous and marketable skill—to the country with no citizenship or ability to obtain legitimate employment,” he wrote.

Obama, who has been working feverishly to empty the military prison facility before the end of his administration on January 20th, told Congress last month that he planned to transfer another 17 or 18 detainees prior to his deadline. This move would leave roughly 41 prisoners for Trump’s administration to manage.

Trump also urged the president to discontinue additional transfers prior to him taking office.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.”

As stated by the Free Beacon, “In July, the State Department announced it had added a former Guantanamo detainee to the U.S. list of designated terrorists in connection with the suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed 42 people.”

H/T: The Washington Free Beacon

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