Obama is so determined to close Guantanamo Bay that he’s now secretly transferring detainees from the prison to other countries, in this case 10 Yemeni detainees to Oman:
FOX NEWS – The Obama administration on Thursday quietly transferred 10 Yemeni detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to neighboring Oman – so quietly, in fact, that the news was first reported by state-run Middle East news agencies. And once the news got to Capitol Hill, it set off alarm bells given the host country’s proximity to Al Qaeda’s most active branch.
The transfer is the largest batch of detainees shipped out of the Cuba prison camp so far this year. It is part of a wave of transfers as the administration steps up efforts to shrink the prison population, with the ultimate goal of closing the facility despite congressional resistance.
Fox News reported earlier this week that the 10 detainees were slated for transfer, but the destination at the time was not known. The state-run Oman News Agency published a brief statement Thursday morning saying the detainees had arrived in Oman.
The Omani Foreign Ministry reportedly described the move as a “temporary stay.”
The Defense Department subsequently announced the transfer, and identified the detainees, late Thursday morning, saying the administration coordinated with Oman to ensure the move was conducted with “appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”
According to a statement, Defense Secretary Ash Carter notified Congress in advance. The Pentagon said the individuals “were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” and said the government is “grateful” to Oman for its “humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”
The transfer also coincides with a recent weapons deal. The terms are classified, but the State Department a week ago approved the proposed sale of TOW 2B missiles and supporting equipment to the government of Oman – valued at about $51 million.
The department said the sale would help an ally build its ground defenses and bolster the country’s national security and defensive capabilities.
A State Department official told Fox News, though, that the deal and the detainee transfer are unrelated.
The transfer brings the number of remaining detainees to 93.
It was reported in Oman before we even knew about it. And now these militants will almost certainly re-enter the jihadi war against all of humanity, just like Ibrahim al Qosi who Obama released in 2012. He’s now the leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen.
2017 can’t get here fast enough.