Guantanamo Transfers Stall

Posted April 27, 2015 at 8:37am

“While some in the Obama administration are eager to resume transfers of detainees from Guantánamo this summer, none of the mechanisms are yet in place to move even one of the 122 captives now held at the detention center in southeast Cuba,” according to The Miami Herald .  

“As of Thursday, Congress had received no 30-day transfer notices, a statutory prerequisite… Not a single transfer packet has made its way through the Pentagon bureaucracy to the desk of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter… Carter, who replaced Hagel Feb. 17, has to personally approve each transfer — and has yet to see his first.”  

“Some administration officials are impatient to resume the transfers, in part, because military commanders have argued that a prolonged standstill stokes tension at the prison in Cuba, and participation in the long-running prison hunger strike. The military refuses to say how many captives are currently on hunger strike.”