Friday, January 03, 2014

GUANTANAMO - Detainee Transfers, Update

"Envoy says administration moving aggressively to transfer Guantanamo detainees" PBS Newshour 1/2/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  The Pentagon announced a significant milestone was reached this week in the long saga to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay.  The last three ethnic Uighurs from China were released and sent to Slovakia.  A total of 22 Uighurs were captured after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

They were found not to be a threat, and a judge ordered them freed in 2008, but the U.S. struggled to find a place to send them.  All told, nine detainees were transferred in the month of December.

So, just who has been released and under what conditions?  And what will happen to the remaining 155 prisoners?

For that, we turn to the State Department's special envoy for Guantanamo closure, Cliff Sloan.

Cliff Sloan, welcome to the NewsHour.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  So there was a slump in the release of prisoners for a period of about two years, until you came in this summer.  Just in the last month, as we have said, several released.

What's changed since you have been there?

CLIFF SLOAN, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure:  Thank you.  Happy to be here.

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