Guantanamo Close Plan Defended by U.S. Official

Posted July 8, 2016 at 9:56am reports that “A U.S. official on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s efforts to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, saying a minimal number of released detainees are suspected of returning to the fight.”  

“Lee Wolosky, the State Department’s special envoy for closing Guantanamo, told Congress that the latest intelligence report on the issue indicates 19 of some 144 detainees who were transferred out of the prison during President Barack Obama’s tenure have either re-engaged in terrorist or insurgent activity or are suspected of returning to the fight.”  

“Wolosky faced intense questioning from lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee who believe the president is being reckless about emptying the facility.”