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Obama administration suspends transfers of terrorist suspects to Yemen

By Michael A. Fletcher
The Obama administration has suspended transfers of suspected terrorists from the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Yemen, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

While the administration remains committed to closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, it has determined that Yemen can not currently handle additional transfers, Gibbs said.

"Right now, any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea," he said.

About 90 Yemenis are being held at Guantanamo Bay and about half were slated to be returned to their home country. But in the wake of disclosures that the plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day was hatched in Yemen, a failing state with a increasingly active terrorist presence, those plans are on hold.

Gibbs said inmates slated to be sent to Yemen could be moved to the Thomson Correctional Center, a largely vacant Illinois prison that the federal government wants to buy to house terrorist suspects captured outside the country.

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Here's a thought: Don't listen to Fox, MSNBC or CNN who are in the business of telling you what you already believe.

Try listening to military officials and counterterrorism experts and they will tell you Obama is doing just fine with his National Security approach.

You can't control everything that happens but you can control how you react.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

JRM2: We don't even know that.

We know that, a year ago, those two guys Bush and Cheney let out appeared in a video saying they had joined al Qaeda. We also know that one of them either turned himself in to Saudi authorities or was re-arrested by the Saudis a month later.

So, at most, the "crotchbomber" was trained by *one* guy Bush and Cheney let out.

But we don't even know that either.

No credible source has ever actually claimed that any former GTMO detainee trained the "crotchbomber" or had anything to do with the plot. People are simply jumping to conclusions based on the year-old video and the fact that AQ has claimed responsibility for the "crotchbomber."

There's a lot of hysteria and ridiculous leaps of logic swirling around. There's very little rational analysis of actual facts. That's sad; we used to be an intelligent people.

Posted by: Otla | January 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

JRM2: We don't even know that.

We know that, a year ago, those two guys Bush and Cheney let out appeared in a video saying they had joined al Qaeda. We also know that one of them either turned himself in to Saudi authorities or was re-arrested by the Saudis a month later.

So, at most, the "crotchbomber" was trained by *one* guy Bush and Cheney let out.

But we don't even know that either.

No credible source has ever actually claimed that any former GTMO detainee trained the "crotchbomber" or had anything to do with the plot. People are simply jumping to conclusions based on the year-old video and the fact that AQ has claimed responsibility for the "crotchbomber."

There's a lot of hysteria and ridiculous leaps of logic swirling around. There's very little rational analysis of actual facts. That's sad; we used to be an intelligent people.

Posted by: Otla | January 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"Lets see ..... is this FLIP or is this FLOP?

Posted by: frankn1 | January 5, 2010 5:12 PM"
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The world is not black and white. Are you criticizing him for making a sound decision based on recent events?

Did you know that the crotchbomber received training from two guys Bush and Cheney let out of GITMO?

No, probably not because you are still in your Fox induced coma.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

President Obama,

You have the support of many when it comes to your handling of "extremists"...

Idiots like Chris Matthews and Candy Crowley stands along and only get the support of those few who agree...

NO ONE IS BUYING OBAMA MOVED TOO SLOW...UNLESS YOU DISCUSS HOW ONE PRESIDENT SAT FOR SIX MINUTES...WHEN TOLD THE TWIN TOWERS WERE HIT AND 3000 PEOPLE DIED....

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS NO MORE THAN AN CONGLOMERATED GIANT.. RAN BY "RICH RUPERT'S" TRYING TO FORCE-FEED US THEIR BULLSHIIT!!!

AND THE MORE YOU TRY TO FORCE-FEED US THE MORE WE REJECT...

I'M STILL WAITING ON YOU TO POLL YOUR OWN FAVORABILITY RATING!

GOP DOES NOT GET TO DECIDES WHICH WORD I USED...IF I WANT TOO SAY EXTREMISTS INSTEAD OF TERRORIST...THAT MY GOD GIVING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!

Posted by: danders5000 | January 5, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

RichardHode -- I take it you've never left your hometown? Because if you did, you obviously were a terrorist waging war. Afghanistan's a big place, with a lot of people who needed real help as a result of the decades of war there. Thousands upon thousands of people, including Americans, Europeans, and, yes, Yemenis, went there in the late 90s and early 00s to help. Very very few of them waged war or terrorism of any kind against anybody. The Americans and Europeans were either sent home quickly or never detained in the first place. The Yemenis and other Arabs were all held despite the lack of any evidence or proof that they were combatants. I'll leave you to figure out why.

expat2MEX is correct -- more than 90% of those who were ever in GTMO were *not* captured on the battlefield but instead were sold to the US for bounties. Less than 10% of those in GTMO (that would be fewer than 80 people, total) were actually captured on the battlefield. And only a handful are actually suspected of terrorist acts. The *vast* majority were, at most, footsoldiers in a civil war that had nothing to do with the US. "Worst of the worst" indeed.

Jeff08: Carter may have begun funding the "mujahideen" to oppose the Soviets in Afghanistan, but the Reagan administration continued and intensified it. In a very real sense, we created bin Laden. I disagree with those who say we can therefore blame ourselves for 9/11 or al Qaeda's rise, but the fact remains that both are a product of our Cold War policies in the region followed by our utter indifference to the aftermath of the Soviet withdrawal.

But why let facts get in your way? Just go on hating and wishing for the deaths of innocent people you've never met and who harbor no ill will toward you.

Posted by: Otla | January 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Lets see ..... is this FLIP or is this FLOP?

Posted by: frankn1 | January 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Since the Bush administration let these guys go back to Yeman does it mean Bush/Cheney et al are still asleep?

Posted by: kchses1 | January 5, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

At first I thought it was an earthquake, but then I realized it was only the earth shaking in disbelief that Obama had actually paid attention to Americans with some common sense (which leaves out his administration). Of course we shouldn't be sending the Gitmo Yemenis back to Yemen. We shouldn't even be closing Gitmo!!

Posted by: georges2 | January 5, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

RealNews1:
"Remember the same Taliban that we are fighting now and our Media is calling 'Terrorist..' is the same Taliban that we (Reagan Admin) provided money and Arms to..."

Nice try, but you meant Worst President Ever (until now) Jimmy Carter:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Cyclone


Posted by: Jeff08 | January 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Duuhh.. Obama, are you getting the idea of how things work now????????

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | January 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember the same Taliban that we are fighting now and our Media is calling "Terrorist.." is the same Taliban that we (Reagan Admin) provided money and Arms to, to fight and kill as many Russians as it could and then our Media was calling them "Freedom fighters". So how come Taliban was "Freedom fighters" when it was fighting the Soviets but now it is a "Islamic Terrorist"?

So we the real liberals, that means really thinking people, which means people not brain washed by the right-wing US Media, said during the Reagan years how can you people be such lunatics to Arm such Islamic fanatics as the Taliban! But that was to no use as we were called "soft on communism.." and that the Taliban are as good as a religious people as the Evangelicals in US are. So now 20 years+ later US is fighting the Taliban and our right-wing (War mongering) Media is calling the Taliban to be "Islamic fanatics.." "Terrorists..." and NOT the "Freedom fighters" which they were called during Reagan years.

Much more here:
anoox.com/blog/Real_News.37739

Posted by: RealNews1 | January 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Just put them to death and be done with it, I say. It's cold, it's cruel but it will send an effective message to any terrorist: mess with the USA at your own peril.

Posted by: JoStalin | January 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This mess never ends. One fact is rarely reported, though. Many of the GITMO detainees were SOLD to their captors; less than 10% were actually apprehended and processed as a POW. Some of the detainees were even sold to us by their own relatives, or by Pakistani intelligence operatives. Like the latest suicide bomber, these people allowed us all the rope we need to hang ourselves. We have now fallen prey to the same tricks, ruses, and ploys as our enemies have succumbed to in former wars.

What irony. We'll never figure out who is truly innocent or guilty at Gitmo because we have polluted the group with a bunch of detainees who should have never been detained in the first place. It's that simple, dear reader.

By taking today's action, Obama may well be shooting himself in the foot. That may please everyone who hates him, but it will hardly get us anywhere in this muddled mess we call the war on terror. I'm afraid it is with us to stay.

Judging form this kind of action, it's hard to accuse practically anyone in Washington these day of using plain old common sense. They all seem too focused on their proverbial G-D goats while the enemy get smarter by the day.

Posted by: expat2MEX | January 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the light finally clicked on for these freakin idiots.

Posted by: 0460 | January 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

Plane Carrying Released Detainees Disintegrates over Atlantic Ocean


By Yuri Lipitzmeov
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 5, 2010


A US aircraft sent by the Obama administration to carry former Guantanamo detainees to their home countries for rehabilitation mysteriously disappeared today over the Atlantic Ocean today at approximately 11:32 am Greenwich Mean Time on Monday, January 4, 2010. Navy search planes and vessels dispatched to the area found debris floating in the sea that was consistent with a catastrophic plane crash. Pieces of seats, baggage, food service carts, papers and other flotsam were plucked from the waves, but no surviving passengers were found. Spotters observed hundreds of bodies in orange jumpsuits floating among the debris and being attacked by marauding sharks. However, there are unconfirmed reports from sailors aboard fishing vessels in the area who spotted several parachutes descending from the sky moments before the plane exploded in midair, and later what appeared to be the crew members scrambling aboard life rafts and who were quickly picked up and whisked away by US Naval vessels.


President Obama, speaking to reporters, had high hopes for the success of the program designed to close down the hated prison and release the detainees to their home countries as a gesture of goodwill, made the following statement: "I am deeply saddened by this unexpected and tragic loss of the US Plane. But I am grateful that all the US Servicemen on the plane survived without injury. This brings to an end the whole sordid Guantanamo affair. In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to the US crew for their heroic efforts and wish them and their families a very happy new year. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go walk Bo.”

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 5, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If the Yemenis in Guantanamo were captured in Afghanistan it means they are terrorists who were waging war away from their homeland. They must not be released. The best thing would be if we could get rid of them, permanently, and stop wasting money on feeding and housing the terrorists. I suppose sending them to Thomson would be the second choice, but they must NEVER be released. Otherwise, they will be back to fight another day.

Posted by: RichardHode | January 5, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

DUH, could it be the Administration is finally beginning to wake up? Let the mob in Chicago take care of them!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 5, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Gee ya think Yemen might be the wrong place to send them?

Posted by: FLvet | January 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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