The Pentagon delivered a Yemeni captive to Montenegro Wednesday after he spent 14 years at Guantánamo as a suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard, leaving 79 captives at the U.S. Navy base detention center in Cuba.
This Miami Herald guide, current as of June 24, 2016, breaks down the status of the the last 79 Guantánamo detainees, starting with those who have been entitled to Periodic Review Board hearings. President Barack Obama ordered the hearings in 2011. Half of those who were entitled to a hearing and decision haven’t gotten there yet. Further down this chart we show prisoners who are gone, both with and without board review.
The incident is likely to intensify friction between the White House and Congress over resettlement of detainees remaining at the prison, a necessary step toward President Obama’s goal of shuttering the facility.
Thirty of Guantánamo’s war-on-terror prisoners are now approved for release to security arrangements following an interagency parole board’s disclosure Friday that it was clearing an Afghan “forever prisoner.”
Congressional Republicans are starting to declare victory in their bid to keep President Obama from fulfilling his campaign promise to shut down the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay and move prisoners to the United States.
The FBI agent who first interrogated Abu Zubaydah — the war-on-terror captive who became the guinea pig in the CIA’s post- 9/11 interrogation program — said Wednesday that the case of the captive represents ‘the A to Z of where we went wrong as a nation.’
The Library of Congress has agreed to pay a former military prosecutor $100,000 and change his personnel records to resolve his complaint that he was fired improperly for criticizing the military commission process for terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
On May 24, 2016, the 16th commander of Guantánamo detention operations held a 53-minute press conference, his fifth engagement with different members of the media since taking charge Nov. 4 and curtailing media access to the Detention Center considerably. Rear Admiral Peter Clarke never once uttered his full Task Force motto —“Safe, humane, legal, transparent detention” — and defended the need to keep a 1,950-strong staff that balloons to 2,200 troops and civilians even as the detention center is downsizing. Here are some excerpts:
May 24, 2016 roundtable with media by Army Col. David Heath, the commander of the Guantanamo guard force, who says the Yemeni detainee who refused to leave the prison is living in communal detention. Heath said the captive is "content to stay here." The Miami Herald has reported about the episode and identified the captive as Mohammed Bwazar, 35.
Captive who wouldn't go 'content' in Guantánamo cell
The challenge of defending accused terrorists at Gitmo
Video: Southcom commander Adm. Kurt Tidd says Guantánamo has fulfilled its mission