Nine convicted terrorists from Yemen will be “settled” in Saudi Arabia. What could possibly go wrong?
The US Department of Defense announced that nine prisoners were transferred from Guantanamo Bay on Saturday, including Tariq Ba Odah, who has been on an eight-year hunger strike.
“As directed by the president’s January 22, 2009 executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases,” the Department of Defense said in a statement on Saturday. “As a result of those reviews, which examined a number of factors, including security issues… [the detainees] were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.”
Because of the ongoing and bloody civil war in Yemen, the men aren’t able to return to their home countries. Instead they will be settled in Saudi Arabia.
“The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the statement adds.”
The United States coordinated with government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”
Saturday’s release brings the Guantanamo prisoner population to 80. Another 26 cleared men are expected to be released in the coming months.
Instead of “closing” the facility, it is just being EMPTIED.