[Ed. – But who’s counting?]
The Pentagon has notified Congress of its intention to release six detainees from Gitmo, the first since the deal that retrieved Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban and/or the Haqqani network in Afghanistan. This release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay won’t generate as much controversy, as it involves “low level” figures, which now comprise about half of Gitmo’s detainee population. This still may be a deal for the White House, which stands to gain at least a little time, and not just the thirty days’ notice that the Pentagon is required to provide:
The Pentagon recently notified members of Congress that it intends to transfer six low-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Uruguay soon, including a Syrian man who is legally challenging the manner in which the military force-feeds some prisoners, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The men — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — are among the more than 70 detainees who have long been cleared for release from the U.S. detention facility because they are not deemed an ongoing threat. The move would mark a significant step in the Obama administration’s long-stymied quest to shut down Guantanamo Bay, where 149 inmates remain.