>> The true strength of America.>> President Obama getting closer to achieving one of his most important goals, shutting the notorious Guantanamo Prison before he leaves office. The Pentagon announced on Monday that it had released 15 Gitmodetainees to the United Arab Emirates, the single largest transfer under the Obama administration.
The prisoners include 12 Yemassee and three Afghans, who had been held without charges, some for over 14 years. Obama's plan for shuttering the facility still facing opposition from many Republican lawmakers. Republican Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voicing his concern. Saying, quote, once again, hardened terrorists are being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat.
While Obama's plan calls for bringing the several dozen remaining prisoners to maximum security prisons in the United States, US law bars such transfers to the mainland. Obama though has not ruled out doing so by executive action. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in the past has vowed to keep Gitmo open and fill it with, quote, bad dudes, and quote, bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.
When Obama took office in 2009, Gitmo had 242 detainees. After this transfer, the wartime prison's population dropping to 61.