Transfers, Releases & Resettlements

House Armed Services Subcommittee Investigation

By Benjamin Wittes
Friday, April 1, 2011, 9:20 AM

The House Armed Services Committee has formally assigned a subcommittee to investigate recidivism and treatment issues related to transfers from Guantanamo. In this letter to Reps. Rob Whitman and Jim Cooper--the chairman and ranking member respectively of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations--full committee Chairman Buck McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith assigned the subcommittee to study "the circumstances and mechanisms for post-transfer security measures and assurances for humane treatment for those transferred from Guantanamo Bay." The letter requests "a comprehensive written report, including evaluations of past practices and recommendations for the future" by the end of November of this year.

In practice, the staff work on the subcommittee investigation is already under way. Bobby and I were both recently interviewed by staff investigators.