In his last actions as President of the United States, Obama has freed four more prisoners held at military detention facility Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
The Department of Defense made the announcement on Thursday, revealing the prison population has dwindled down to 41 inmates. Three of the four freed prisoners will be returning to the United Arab Emirates, while the fourth one is expected to be released in Saudi Arabia.
Obama’s last minute actions have been part of an agenda to close the controversial prison since the beginning of his presidency in January 2009.
Despite Obama and his administration’s efforts, President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to keep the military prison open and will “load it up with some bad dudes.” He cites how previously-released prisoners ended up rejoining terrorist groups.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has confirmed this truth, stating that roughly 30 percent of former Guantanamo detainees have rejoined terrorist activities or are even suspected of being re-radicalized.
“At this time, I don’t anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday. “But it’s not for a lack of trying, I assure you.”
H/T: Free Beacon
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