U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled late Wednesday that he would defer to President Trump’s administration to determine whether the United States is still engaged in “active hostilities” against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their affiliates and has the right to hold prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military facility.
The Department of Defense announced Thursday that four more prisoners held at the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are being transferred out, leaving the prison’s population at 41 as President Obama leaves office.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would mandate the declassification and public release of information on previous terrorist activities of former Guantanamo Bay detainees transferred since the presidential election.
A senior House Republican urged President Obama on Tuesday to “immediately halt” the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, citing a new intelligence report that found recently released prisoners were returning to terrorism.
The Pentagon announced Thursday that it has transferred four prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to Saudi Arabia, as part of a final wave of transfers before President Obama leaves office.
The Obama administration is responsible for releasing from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp some 75 percent of the inmates being held there, according to statistics published by the Pentagon.
President Obama is expected to transfer additional detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in his final days in office, despite objections from President-elect Donald Trump.
President Obama is planning to transfer 17 or 18 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison before his administration comes to a close in January.