164 to Go: US Transferring 2 Gitmo Prisoners to Algeria
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By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
A file photo of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

(Newser) – The White House plans to transfer two detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Algeria, the first movement of prisoners out since the president announced a renewed push to close the military-run detention center in Cuba. The White House said it was starting the transfers as part of Obama's goal to close the prison, a campaign promise that has eluded him since he took office. "We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security," said Obama press secretary Jay Carney in a statement.

A Pentagon spokesman said that under long-standing policy, the names of the two detainees will not be released until after the transfer. He also wouldn't say what security assurances they had from the Algerian government as part of the arrangement. A spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee said the panel has received the proper certification, which requires the defense secretary to ensure that in transferring a detainee to another country, the individual will not engage in terrorist activities. Assuming the transfers go through, that would leave 164 prisoners at Gitmo, about 70 of whom meet the criteria to be classified as being on hunger strike.

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Jul 27, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
I can live with their assurance they will be peaceful from now on. I can live with Putin and Russia being a friend. I can live with Rodman being our ambassador to North Korea. I can live with the toxic waste we receive from China in the products they're making for us. I can live with unions that add needless workers. I can live with the IRS opting out of Obamacare even though they are the ones conducting surveillance on our enrollment. I can live with AG Holder suing Texas and making the announcement in a political arena rather than our courts. Democrats have done wonders for our country. Hurray for the donkey!
Jul 27, 2013 6:23 AM CDT
Didn't Obama promise to close Guantanamo Bay if he was elected THE FIRST TIME. In the recent election he told the voters of Detroit he wouldn't let them go under to. Democrats say whatever they need to get a vote.
Jul 27, 2013 3:12 AM CDT
I'm ready for one of them to request a three piece suit, a hair cut, a ham salad sandwich, and a Holy Bible. He then goes back an hour later all dotted up and says to the warden, "Praise the Lord Jesus I'm reformed."