Six Detainees Released From Guantanamo

The Pentagon announced today it released six detainees from Guantanamo. All had been determined, after multiple reviews, of not being enemy combatants.

Four were sent to Iraq, one to Afghanistan and one to Algeria. The detainee returned to Afghanistan was Bizmullah. From the DOD press release:

he Department of Defense has determined – through its comprehensive review processes - that approximately 60 detainees at Guantanamo are eligible for transfer or release. Departure of these detainees is subject to ongoing discussions between the United States and other nations.

245 detainees remain at Guantanamo.

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    Isn't that special? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Radiowalla on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 11:13:45 PM EST
    Just in time for Bush to make a get-away.  What else is can we expect before Tuesday?  Perhaps we can send him off to Algeria.

    Oh, and did anyone say (none / 0) (#3)
    by No Blood for Hubris on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 11:59:56 PM EST
    they're sorry?

    No no no.

    Why would anyone cop to guilt, and to, you know, shame.  And blame.

    How does one (none / 0) (#4)
    by weltec2 on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 12:40:20 AM EST
    apologize for holding and torturing an innocent man for years because you thought maybe they knew something that could help you? How does one compensate for that... the years lost, the mental suffering, the nightmares that will last a lifetime.

    innocent man? (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 01:50:00 PM EST
    All this says is that after final review of multiple reviews that the cases to hold the men were not proven.  In the case of the guy from Afghanistan, he was not a fighter and will no longer have a chance to leak information because no one will trust him, so the risk of releasing him is low even if he is guilty.

    are you serious, (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 02:29:33 PM EST
    or are you just spouting some argument you've heard presented?

    where are the court records?

    why did it take so long to do the reviews?

    there are pleny more questions, diogenes... ask them first, not last.