U.S. releases names of ‘indefinite detainees’ at Guantanamo
June 17th, 2013
07:54 PM ET
9 years 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.

As of Tuesday, 104 of the 166 current Guantanamo detainees are staging a hunger strike. They are protesting their treatment and indefinite detention, resulting in force feedings of 44, according to Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesperson for the Joint Task Force.

Durand said they "do not comment on the detainees in Camp 7." That camp holds 15 "high-value detainees," so the accrual number of detainees on strike could be higher.

The list released Monday was the product of a 2010 federal review of the status of each detainee, which was commissioned by President Barack Obama as a step toward closing the facility.


Obama has recently renewed his vow to shut the prison established last decade to house suspected terrorists.

Of the 46 detainees listed for indefinite detention, the report shows that 26 are from Yemen, 10 are from Afghanistan, three are from Saudi Arabia, two each are from Libya and Kuwait, and one each are from Kenya, Somalia and Morocco.

Human rights groups have long protested the detention of suspected enemy fighters who haven’t been charged with crimes.

The government says the detainees are too dangerous to transfer but cannot be tried, characterizing them as war prisoners under the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force Act.”

“It is fundamental to democracy that the public know the identities of the people our nation is depriving of liberty and why they are being detained,” said Dixon Osburn, the director of the Law and Security Program at the group Human Rights First.

“The United States has held some of the men at Guantanamo now for over a decade. Today’s revelation is welcome, though long overdue. The administration should use its authority under current law immediately to transfer the 86 detainees already cleared for transfer out of Guantanamo," Osburn said.

Of the 86 detainees cleared for transfer, 56 are from Yemen. Currently, a moratorium is in place on transferring prisoners back to Yemen, citing the country’s current security situation.

One of Obama’s initiatives in his new bid to close Guantanamo is lifting that ban.

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence contributed to this report.

Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • President Obama
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Brian Nash

    If they did bad things, why not charge them? If they didn't do bad things, then we have no right to imprison them. Time to decide. Not like enough time hasn't passed.

    June 17, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Zoglet

    What the heck are these people still doing locked up?
    If they are charged with something, let them face trial. If they are not: free them already.
    America looks more like a tyranny with each passing day.

    June 17, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. are122

    Well at least I didn't see Sam Sham and the Pharaohs on the list.

    June 17, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Jay David

    Holding anyone permanently for any reason without charging them with a crime or providing the person a trial is a crime against humanity committed by the U.S. government.

    June 17, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. canphoenix

    They're there for a reason and its not to just let them go back to their countries of origin to, surprisingly, do again what they did to end up there in the first place...if they want to get back to Yemen I'd give them a raft, one paddle and tell them that Yemen's that way

    June 17, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. smuzer

    okay, these people weren't picked up randomly. they have information. they have resources. why on Earth would you want to defend them?

    June 17, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Steve

    Truth is they have information on our spies and informants, and some our crimes as well. They must be silenced.

    June 17, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Alex

    Wikileaks released this information 2 years ago

    June 17, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. davecu

    Pity we couldn't air drop these people to the country of origin.

    June 17, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Peter J

    Hoping for world to be a better place.

    – Peace and Love

    June 17, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. FubarObama

    Let the be released in the streets of Chicago

    June 17, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Fr33th1nk3r

    ENEMY COMBATANTS captured during a time of war have NEVER been entitled to a jury trial.

    Furthermore, the Geneva Conventions are null and void in this situation (as per Article 3). If both sides do not come to agreement on the humane treatment of prisoners, the rules are not binding on either side. IOW, it is a gentleman's agreement, and if one side chooses not to follow the conventions as set forth (like Al-Queda with their cutting off people's heads on TV, dragging slain soldiers' bodies through the streets, and not to mention– their very attack on civilians on 911), then neither side is bound by them.
    So....if Al-Queda wants humane treatment, they better start keeping up their end of the bargain and stop the senseless beheadings, poisonings, etc. (some of the violence against their own too).

    June 17, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. St Xavier

    I say keeping the inmates any longer isn't going to make us any safer an we should let them go send them back to there own country. what different does it make if any one rejoins the fight against us when there brothers an sisters are most likely fighting us right now. Only time will the fighting stop an piece prevail.

    June 17, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Guantanamo remains another example of America's struggle to identify the balance between security and freedom in a world where trans-national terrorism replaces traditional war. Simply changing the name from P.O.W.s to "enemy combatants" does nothing to justify holding our enemies with no charges, no trial and no plan. We need our Congress to face the challenge and create laws to solve this shameful situation. We allowed ourselves to become the tyrantical government we worked so hard to defeat in the Cold War – complete with gulags...

    June 17, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. George655

    Maybe the government should apply the constitution ..................give them a trial!!! The citizens of this country will continue to resist this government that oppresses its own people. The arrests have begun of those that speak against the USA! End the oppression!

    June 17, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Michael

    I didn't see Jimmy Hoffa on that list.

    June 17, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. G_Edwards

    "Indefinite detainees"........what's up with that? Didn't you get Pres Obama's memo that it'd be closed before 2011?


    June 17, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. sawtooth

    Take them 300 miles to sea, in shark infested waters, and throw them overboard, end of problem, Oh! the liberals will complain for awhile, then they to will get over it

    June 17, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Robyn

    4,297 days into the darkness of Mr. Bush's War of Terror on the World,
    the first hint of possible morning comes.

    June 17, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. serena

    Apparently, the US intelligence paid the Pakistani's $ 5000 for each person they handed over who was a 'terrorist'. The Pakistani's picked up people of the street and handed them over, getting $ 5000 for each poor soul who ended up in Gitzmo. The Pakistani's made a lot of money handing over innocent people who the US is feeding from our money in Gitzmo, who have nothing to do with anything.

    June 18, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Kathy in KC

    There is NO legitimate reason why any of these men should be held without charges or a trial. This is an American facility and these are American prisoners. Stop pretending they aren't. Do the right thing now, and do it the best you can. You have the ability and you have the the imperative.

    June 18, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. submaker

    Dont waste our money any further on these guys, just get rid of them. when they get back to their countries they will start planning on how to kill americans once more.

    June 18, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  23. California

    Anything to try and change the topic. Obama's as low as anyone can get.

    June 18, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. phil_177

    must be a record – the article posted 5 hours ago, and I'm the first to "soundoff" ...

    June 18, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |

    These "human rights groups" should just take their place at Guantanamo Bay. Let's see them do that. end of story. NEVER FORGET 9/11. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. GOD BLESS AMERICA. USA ALL THE WAY,YOU DON'T LIKE IT?THEN LEAVE IT. HUG A VET,AND KISS OUR SOLDIER'S. FDNY.

    June 18, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
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