Transfers, Releases & Resettlements

That "Secret" White House Plan to Close Guantanamo

By Raffaela Wakeman
Friday, August 23, 2013, 7:47 PM

A few weeks ago, Daniel Klaidman noted in the Daily Beast the existence of a White House memo outlining its proposal to close Guantanamo. The two-page document was circulated to members of Congress in advance of a July 24th Senate Judiciary hearing on the matter.

The document was not made available publicly, but the Press Freedom Association has since obtained and published a copy of the 2-pager.  It takes account of current Administration efforts to reduce the detainee population, and provides some helpful statistics on the detainee population and facility expenditures.

Much of the document reiterates the Administration's well-documented views on Guantanamo, including its opposition to transfer restrictions in recent NDAAs, as well as in the House version of the as-yet enacted 2014 NDAA. The paper also notes that the Senate Armed Services Committee's markup of the 2014 NDAA is a "marked improvement over current law."

Ben compared the transfer provisions in the House and SASC versions of the bill. We already knew that the White House disapproves of the GTMO transfer provisions in the House NDAA, and the new documents confirms that the SASC's version appears to be palatable to the Administration.