White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees
June 11th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
4 months ago

White House 'energetically' working on transferring Gitmo detainees

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's national security team is pushing forward on moving detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to other countries amid outrage in Congress at the recent transfer of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

While there aren't any "imminent transfer announcement in the works," the team assigned to moving detainees is "energetically working this issue every day from Washington, foreign capitals, and places in between," according to National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

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Filed under: Guantanamo • Guantanamo Bay • White House
Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7
June 10th, 2014
03:29 PM ET
4 months ago

Director of National Intelligence: Bush-Cheney released 171 Gitmo prisoners who returned to battlefield, compared to Obama's 7

(CNN) – Among the many points of controversy to emerge following the swap of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the question of whether the five mid- to high-level Taliban fighters will return to the battlefield.

It's really no secret that according to the administration these five – two of whom are wanted by the UN for possible war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shiites – very well may return to the battlefield.

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June 1st, 2014
04:17 PM ET
4 months ago

Members of Congress waiting for briefing on Bergdahl release

(CNN) – More than 24 hours after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release, Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he still has not been briefed by administration officials on the swap.

The California Republican plans to hold hearings about the Bergdahl exchange, he told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash on Sunday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Buck Mckeon • Congress • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama • Terrorism
June 1st, 2014
10:01 AM ET
4 months ago

Susan Rice responds to political debate over negotiations for soldier's release

(CNN) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice defended the Obama administration's decision to exchange Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid criticism that the United States negotiated with terrorists in the process.

She also said the “acute urgency” of Bergdahl’s health condition justified President Obama’s not notifying Congress beforehand that Bergdahl was being swapped for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Obama takes swipe at Congress over Guantanamo
December 26th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama takes swipe at Congress over Guantanamo

(CNN) – President Barack Obama used his signing Thursday of the 2014 Defense Authorization Act to take a swipe at Congress for continuing to impede his efforts at closing the detention facility at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Since taking office, I have repeatedly called upon the Congress to work with my Administration to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” Obama said in a statement. “The continued operation of the facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists.”
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Filed under: Guantanamo • Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
U.S. releases names of ‘indefinite detainees’ at Guantanamo
June 17th, 2013
07:54 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. releases names of ‘indefinite detainees’ at Guantanamo

(CNN) – The names of dozens of detainees held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were released for the first time on Monday after a newspaper sued the federal government for the information.

The list identifies 46 inmates being held for “continued detention” at the facility, which President Barack Obama has vowed to close. The report was made public after a lawsuit from the Miami Herald. The Obama administration first acknowledged that detainees were being held indefinitely in Guantanamo in 2010, but didn't make their identities public until now.
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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
Obama to name D.C. lawyer to lead Guantanamo Bay closure
June 17th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama to name D.C. lawyer to lead Guantanamo Bay closure

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will appoint Washington, D.C. lawyer Clifford Sloan to re-open the State Department's Office of Guantanamo Closure, according to a senior administration official.

The administration’s efforts to shut down the detention facility have been stalled since January, when the State Department shuttered the office tasked with handling the closure, and reassigned its special envoy.
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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay
June 7th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay

Updated 7:24 p.m. ET on 6/7

(CNN) - American officials who toured Guantanamo Bay Friday said their visit underscored their belief the detention facility must close.

“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations," read a joint from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
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April 30th, 2013
07:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Guantanamo closing, for real this time?

A major campaign promise in 2008 was back in the spotlight Tuesday as President Barack Obama promised to renew his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The memoirs of one Guantanamo detainee were declassified and published Tuesday by Slate, where the prisoner writes he “trusted the American justice system too much.”

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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • The Lead
Romney hits U.S. Taliban proposal
February 2nd, 2012
09:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney hits U.S. Taliban proposal

Reno, Nevada (CNN) – Keeping up his sharp criticism of President Obama's military policy, on Thursday Mitt Romney slammed a proposal that could result in the transfer of some prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

"Today there's talk about him releasing five people from Guantanamo as a sign of good faith to the Taliban," Romney told an overflow audience standing outside his packed rally in Reno. "Are you kidding me? A sign of good faith to our enemy that's killing our troops? I just, I simply can't get over it."
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Filed under: 2012 • Guantanamo Bay • Mitt Romney • Nevada • President Obama
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