Breaking: US Issues List of 55 Guantanamo Detainees Cleared for Transfer

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Politico’s Josh Gerstein reports that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has made public for the first time a list of 55 Guantanamo detainees cleared for transfer out of the prison.

These detainees must be immediately released to countries that will respect their human rights. If the Obama administration can’t find suitable and willing countries to take them right away, then these detainees should–if they are willing–be released in the United States.

Shaker Aamer

Shaker Aamer has been held at Guantanamo over 10 years despite being cleared for release.

If necessary, President Obama should work with Congress to remove any legislative barriers to transfering them to the U.S. mainland. A number of U.S. cities have already passed local resolutions welcoming detainees, including Amherst and Berkeley.

One of the detainees from the list of 55 that can be resolved right now is Shaker Aamer (pictured). He has British residency and the UK government has repeatedly called for him to be released to his wife and children in London. The U.S. government must do that immediately. He has been held for over 10 years without charge.

The detainees not on the list of 55 must also be immediately released, unless they are to be charged and fairly tried in civilian court.

Indefinite detention and unfair trials are human rights violations. They must end, and Guantanamo must close.

Take action: Send that message to the U.S. government right now.

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20 thoughts on “Breaking: US Issues List of 55 Guantanamo Detainees Cleared for Transfer

  1. Good timing in the wake of the Libyan Embassy attack orchestrated by a former GITMO detainee — killing four Americans. Good timing indeed.

  2. And "Transfer" is not the same as "release". If you want these 55 individuals walking around the United States you must be suicidial or have a death wish.

  3. Brian: there's only one way to determine who is guilty or not guilty of a crime: a fair trial. The government has determined these 55 should not be charged and fairly tried, so they should be released.

  4. Oh fair trial, shmair trial! They have ugly beards that small animals live in. They shouldn't be released until they dress more fashionably!B-)

  5. Zeke – as always you are disengenous. Of course no one is guilty of a crime without first being convicted. That is not the issue or debate concerning the detention of unlawful enemy combatants.

  6. I had a thought that the prisoners in Guantanamo will have their justice after the Obama administration elected in the U.S. But there is no respect for their human rights from the government still exists.

  7. I think all of the prisoners at Guantanamo should get a fair trial and then be freed or moved to other prisons. Guantanamo must be shut down!