Yemeni Transfers From GTMO on Hold
Jake Tapper reports from the White House press briefing today:
“One of the very first things that Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula used as a recruiting tool was the existence of Guantanamo Bay,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at his daily briefing. “We are not going to make decisions about transfers that, to a country like Yemen that would, that they’re not capable of handling. And I think that, while we remain committed to closing the facility, the determination has been made that right now any additional transfers to Yemen is not a good idea.
I await the transcript to see the legal basis for the effective continued detention of about 40 Yemeni citizens cleared for release from Guantanamo. Yesterday a Yemeni official told me, “It is my country’s duty to ask for the custody of our detainees, like every country would do.”