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Moving Day for Some at Guantanamo

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Posted on Dec 20, 2009
Guantanamo tower
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

A watchtower at the Guantanamo detention center.

While President Barack Obama will miss his goal of shutting down Guantanamo by January, the U.S. has returned 12 detainees from the notorious prison to their respective homelands. That leaves more than 100 detainees awaiting repatriation.  —JCL

The BBC:

The US has transferred 12 detainees from its Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region, the Justice Department says.

Six Yemenis, four Afghans and two Somali detainees were sent to their homelands over the weekend, it said.

President Barack Obama acknowledged in November that he would miss his January deadline to close down the camp.

The US plans to send 116 detainees to their home countries or to third countries willing to accept them.

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By melpol, December 20, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

All prisons should be immediately closed and law breakers freed. The concept of
housing criminals is too expensive and a waste of taxpayers money. The solution
to control human behavior has not been found, and until it is, criminals should be
allowed to roam free.

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