When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008 and 2012, he vowed to close Guantanamo Bay, also known as Gitmo, the area in Cuba where the United States held terrorists or men with strong ties to terrorism. Unlike his promise during his push for Obamacare that “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” or “if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it,” Obama is making good on his promise to release the terrorists held at Gitmo come hell or high water. He is doing this even though we know that some that he has released have returned to lives as terrorists.
The number of terrorists housed at Guantanamo Bay when Obama took office was 242. There are currently 59 remaining at the facility and Obama has announced plans to release another 17 or 18 of them before he leaves office. They will reportedly be released to Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
In order to release the prisoners, the law requires Obama to notify Congress 30 days prior. Obama supposedly set his plan in motion with the proper notification. Should his plan be approved, President-elect Donald Trump will be left with 41 to 42 prisoners at Gitmo.
During his campaign for president, Donald Trump campaigned on keeping Guantanamo Bay open and load it up with “bad dudes,” a far cry from the efforts of Obama and even George W. Bush in the second term of his presidency. Many Americans may find relief from Trump’s promise since, of the prisoners that will remain if Obama plans to release more is approved, 10 have were charged or convicted of military commissions. The other 27 have been determined to be too dangerous to be released. In addition, the remaining four or five include men who either had strong ties to Islamic terrorism or “whom no country offered a home.”
Incidentally, the “Taliban Dream Team” who Obama traded for a deserter, Bo Bergdahl, had been held at Guantanamo Bay. Barack Obama released those prisoners without going through the legal steps and despite the danger the five posed to America and the world given their background and history.
Experts tell Fox News the men served in various military and intelligence roles linked to Al Qaeda before being sent to the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Joint Task Force Guantanamo classified all five as “high” risk to the U.S. Two of the five men are “wanted” by the United Nations on war crimes for the deaths of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has long pushed for the release of the men who have been called the “GITMO Five” – a group of experienced jihadists who helped run the terror organization’s operations in pre-9/11 Afghanistan.
At the time, Arizona Senator John McCain called the Taliban Five the “the hardest of the hard-core” and “the highest high-risk people,” who are “possibly responsible for the deaths of thousands.” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said at the time that these prisoners “have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight.”
They did return to the fight but that was of no consequence to Obama. His major concern was and remains getting as close as possible to closing Gitmo regardless of the danger the release of these prisoners poses to America and the world.
h/t The Blaze