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Detainee Update

A Release from Guantanamo Bay

By Garance Franke-Ruta
President Obama has promised to shutter the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay within a year of assuming office. How close is he to fulfilling that promise?

The Post is keeping track, and has built a database of the detainees held at Guantanamo. This database was compiled by Washington Post researchers who, from 2002 to May 2006, gathered the names and countries of origin of detainees in Guantanamo from unofficial, public sources such as news accounts, legal documents (habeas corpus petitions, CSRT tribunals documents, etc.), interviews with attorneys and relatives, and information from detainee support sites across the Web.

The Post printed only names that it had verified from a single reputable source or multiple sources. Some names were transliterated from Arabic or had alternative spellings. The collection was the largest list of names made public at that point, encompassing more than 550.

Today, the Department of Justice announced that Binyam Mohamed, 30, has been released from Guantanamo. The Defense Department had been, until today, not releasing the names of former detainees as a matter of policy, but with today's release the Justice Department will take over the public notifications.

Country of origin: Originally from Ethiopia, Mohamed was a British resident at the time of his arrest in Pakistan in April 2002.

Years in Gitmo: Mohamed was transfered to Gitmo in Sept. 2004, more than two years after his arrest.

Country of release: He was flown to an air base outside of London, England, where he was released today.

Number of detainees remaining: 241

Read the full story on his release here»

Posted at 4:08 PM ET on Feb 23, 2009  | Category:  Detainee Update
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BTW: do you hold Timothy Geithner to the same standard as Sarah Palin, because I don't recall you ever calling him a "tax cheater"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 23, 2009 6:21 PM

No, that's only Sean Penn's "reality". Neither you nor I have access to the classified information on these 242 detainees -- Obama does -- it is very telling that he has only released ONE in two months.

Posted by: JakeD | February 23, 2009 6:19 PM

I agree Jake, I don't think he will release many of them. If I were him and I had to release them I would announce to the world that these former detainees are being watched 24/7 and if you WANT TO GET CAUGHT then just try associating with them.

The reality is that a lot of these guys in GITMO probably had little or no criminal or terrorist activity but by now have been radicalized because 6 years of their lives have been taken from them and many of them were roughed-up.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 23, 2009 6:01 PM

As I predicted on the other GITMO thread, Obama will not release more than 10% (if that). He knows it's political suicide to release "suspected" terrorists who then get caught killing Americans.

Posted by: JakeD | February 23, 2009 5:09 PM

When the whole truth comes out about the ongoing horror of domestic torture via radiation weaponry...

...Americans torturing Americans, enabled by an array of government programs... will make Guantanamo look like detention hall by way of comparison.


Posted by: scrivener50 | February 23, 2009 4:48 PM

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