GOP LAWMAKERS SLAM BARACK OBAMA FOR DECISION TO RELEASE TERROR SUSPECTS FROM GUANTANAMO


Republican lawmakers have slammed President Obama’s decision to release 15 prisoners from Guantanamo and send them to the United Arab Emirates.
The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans marks the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration.
But the decision has been described as ‘reckless’, with GOP lawmakers arguing that it puts national security at risk.
Republican lawmakers have slammed President Obama's decision to release 15 prisoners from Guantanamo and send them to the United Arab Emirates 
Republican lawmakers have slammed President Obama’s decision to release 15 prisoners from Guantanamo and send them to the United Arab Emirates 
Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said in a statement: ‘The unclassified report I secured from the Department of Defense demonstrates that these detainees just released are among the worst terrorists who could jeopardize our national security and the lives of our troops.
‘It is reckless for the administration to continue to release terrorists like these to fulfill a misguided campaign promise to empty and close Guantanamo.’ 
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina added: ‘It is unconscionable that this administration continues to release known terrorists. 
‘Several terrorists released by the Obama administration have returned to the battlefield and re-engaged in attacks against coalition forces and our allies. 
‘The administration continues to put our national security at risk in misguided attempts to fulfill campaign pledges and to cement the President’s legacy.’ 
Last week, Donald Trump said he would be willing to try US citizens at Guantánamo Bay because the country needs a ‘very safe place’ to keep terrorists.
The Republican presidential nominee has previously ruled out closing the Cuban detention facility.
GOP lawmakers said Obama's decision was 'reckless' and put national security at risk 
GOP lawmakers said Obama’s decision was ‘reckless’ and put national security at risk 
But Amnesty International USA’s Security and Human Rights Program Director Naureen Shah welcomed the decision to release the 15 prisoners. 
‘This is a powerful sign that President Obama is serious about closing Guantánamo before he leaves office,’ she said. 
‘With these transfers, Guantánamo’s population will be reduced by one-fifth.
‘It is vital he keep the momentum. If President Obama fails to close Guantánamo, the next administration could fill it with new detainees and it could become permanent. 

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The Yemeni nationals transferred to the UAE are: 
  • Muhammad Ahmad Said Al-Adahi
  • Abdel Qadir Al-Mudafari
  • Zahir Umar Hamis bin Hamdun
  • Bashir Nasir Ali Al-Marwalah
  • Mahmud Abdulaziz Al-Mujahid
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed
  • Abd Al-Muhsin Abd Al-Rab Salih 
  • Al-Busi, Abd Al-Rahman Sulayman
  • Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh
  • Mohammed Nasir Yahi Khussrof Kazaz
  • Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassar Al-Muhajari
  • Ayyub Mursid Ali Salih
The Afghan detainees transferred to the UAE are:
  • Obaidullah
  • Muhammad Kamin 
  • Hamid Al-Razak
‘It would be an extremely dangerous legacy of allowing people to be detained without charge, in an endless global war, practically until they die.’  
The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.
The Yemeni nationals transferred to the UAE include Zahir Umar Hamis bin Hamdun, alleged to be an Al-Qaeda weapons and explosives trainer operating in Afghanistan.
A Pentagon profile from September 2015 said he expressed dislike of the US, which they identified as ‘an emotion that probably is motivated more by frustration over his continuing detention than by a commitment to global jihad’ .
Also listed was Muhammad Ahmad Said Al Adahi, labelled a chief of Bin Laden’s security force in Kandahar in a leaked military document. 
Once transferred, former inmates are usually freed subject to supervision and undergoing rehabilitation programs. 
During the Bush administration, 532 prisoners were released from Guantanamo, often in large groups to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization
The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization
The latest batch of released prisoners had been held without charge at Guantanamo, some for over 14 years. 
They were cleared for release by the Periodic Review Board, comprised of representatives from six US government agencies.
The UAE successfully resettled five detainees transferred there last year, according to the Pentagon.
Lee Wolosky, the State Department’s special envoy for Guantanamo’s closure, said the US was grateful to the United Arab Emirates for accepting the latest group of 15 men and helping pave the way for the detention center’s closure.
‘The continued operation of the detention facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists,’ Wolosky said.
The Yemeni nationals transferred to the UAE include Zahir Umar Hamis bin Hamdun, identified as an Al-Qaeda weapons and explosives trainer in Afghanistan in a Guantanamo report
The Yemeni nationals transferred to the UAE include Zahir Umar Hamis bin Hamdun, identified as an Al-Qaeda weapons and explosives trainer in Afghanistan in a Guantanamo report
Obama has been seeking to close the detention center amid opposition from Congress, which has prohibited transferring detainees to the US for any reason. 
The administration has been working with other countries to resettle detainees who have been cleared for transfer.
US Representative Ed Royce, a Republican from California who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the Obama administration for recent releases, portraying the freed detainees as ‘hardened terrorists’. 
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence says five percent of Guantanamo prisoners released since Obama took office have re-engaged in militant activities and an additional eight percent are suspected of doing so. 
That compares with 21 percent confirmed and 14 percent suspected during the Bush administration.
According to Amnesty, one of the Afghans released to the UAE alleged that he was ‘tortured and subjected to other cruel treatment’ while in US military custody. 
The man, identified only as Obaidullah, was captured by US special forces in July 2002 and allegedly admitted to acquiring and planting anti-tank mines to target US and other coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan. 
In clearing him for transfer, the review board said he has not expressed any anti-US sentiment or intent to re-engage in militant activities. 
However, a Pentagon profile from last year also said he provided little information and they had little ‘insight into his current mindset.’ 

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