White House Plans More Gitmo Transfers

    In this photo reviewed by the U.S. Military, a guard leans on a fencepost as a Guantanamo detainee (L) jogs inside the exercise yard at Camp 5 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, January 21, 2009. President Barack Obama may set a one-year deadline to close the controversial U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to an unsigned draft executive order that may bolster the U.S. image abroad. Obama pledged during his election campaign to shutter the prison camp, which became a blot on the United States' human rights record and a symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge under the Bush administration.  REUTERS/Brennan Linsley/Pool (CUBA) - RTR23PLY

    Pool photo by Brennan Linsley

    The National Security Council announced Tuesday that the White House is planning to transfer even more detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, even after the drama over the prisoner swap to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “While we do not generally discuss transfers before they take place, we are fully committed to implementing the president’s direction that we transfer detainees to the greatest extent possible, consistent with national security and our humane-treatment policy, as we work toward closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay,” spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Over the last 13 months, 17 inmates have been moved out of Guantanamo, while 149 inmates remain. Last week, President Obama tied the release of prisoners to the ending of war in Afghanistan. “By definition, if we in fact are ending a war, then there’s going to be a process in which some of those individuals are going to be released,” he said.

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