A 2006 memo from the State Department to the U.S. Transportation Command suggested holding Guantanamo detainees after they had been cleared in order to avoid bad press. “Got it … Thank you,” was the reply, and indeed, no prisoners flew out of Guantanamo for three months.

“Proposing to hold men for a month and a half after they were deemed releasable is inexcusable,” said a lawyer with one of the groups that released the memo.

AP via Google:

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. was accused of human rights abuses, a State Department official advised the military to delay sending Guantanamo Bay prisoners home in order to avoid more bad publicity.

“We need to definitely think about checking … to see if we can hold off on return flights for 45 days or so until things die down,” according to the 2006 e-mail. “Otherwise we are likely to have hero’s welcomes awaiting the detainees when they arrive.”

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