Guantanamo Review Task Force Final Report released

The Final Report prepared by the Guantanamo Review Task Force, dated 22 January 2010, has been disclosed last week, according to the Washington Post, which published the report on 28 May. The task force, initiated by the US government to evaluate the status of Guantanamo Bay detainees, has reported that only 10 percent of inmates were “leaders, operatives and facilitators involved in plots against the United States” when President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

The task force recommended 126 inmates be transferred and 36 be prosecuted by federal court or military tribunal. The task force also concluded that 48 detainees were too dangerous to be transferred, but were unable to be prosecuted, and 30 Yemeni detainees were being held on “conditional” detention based on the security environment in Yemen. In deciding which detainees should be subject to continued detention, the task force evaluated the inmates’ roles in terrorist organizations, advanced training or experience, expressed recidivist intent, and history of association with extremist activity. The report also expressed the ongoing effort by the State Department to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and the extensive review process required for resettlement.



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