Maintaining Guantanamo is fast becoming silly.
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The United States transferred two Libyan detainees, Omar Khalifa Mohammed Abu Bakr and Salem Abdul Salem Ghereby, from Guantanamo Bay to Senegal on Monday.
Here's the Pentagon's accouncement:
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ali Ahmad Muhammad al-Razihi, Khalid Abd-al-Jabbar Muhammad Uthman al-Qadasi, Adil Said al-Hajj Ubayd al-Busays, Sulayman Awad Bin Uqayl al-Nahdi, and Fahmi Salem Said al-Asani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
Wherein I eat crow, I double down on part of my criticism of the New York Times editorial page, and Shaker Aamer's lawyer responds to my post.
A long-time Guantanamo detainee goes back to Britain, though he is not British, where he is a cause celebre for no apparent reason.
From Defense One:
The Guantanamo detainee, as readers likely know, argued in a February motion that the end of the United States' war in Afghanistan, as recognized by President Obama, requires his release from Guantanamo. On Wednesday, Al-Warafi filed his reply brief on that issue. It opens as follows:
From the Washington Post (via the Associated Press):
TORONTO — A former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was convicted of killing a U.S. soldier, was released on bail Thursday after a judge refused a last-ditch attempt by the Canadian government to keep him imprisoned.
A markup of the FY2016 defense bill---which includes, as per usual and among other things, provisions restricting transfers of Guantanamo detainees---will get underway at 10:00 a.m. at the House Armed Services Committee.
Embedded video is below; a copy of the Chairman's mark can be found here. (Interested readers can find NDAA-related background here, too.)
The response was filed on Friday, in the habeas case of Al-Warafi v. Obama. Have a look: