President Obama is using the 2009 Executive Order Task Force to qualify detainees held at GITMO for release. This week six more will be transferred to Oman, four of whom are Osama Bin Laden’s Ghuraba’a Members – ‘strangers from the Afghanistan Mountains’.
In addition to the XO Task Force the White House seeks to protect the president from consequence by using Obama’s cabinet for review approvals. Six federal departments or agencies also approved the releases: The departments of Defense, State, Justice and Homeland Security; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON DC – […] The six new transfers are Emad Abdullah Hassan, who has been on hunger strikes since 2007 in protest of his confinement without charge since 2002. ccording to court documents, Hassan said detainees have been force-fed up to a gallon at a time of nutrients and water.
He is accused of being one of many bodyguards for bin Laden, who led the Al Qaeda terror group until killed by U.S. forces in 2011. Hassan also was allegedly part of a group planning to attack NATO and American troops against the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
The five other detainees sent to Oman were identified by the Pentagon as:
— Idris Ahmad ‘Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad Awad, also both alleged bodyguards to bin Laden;
— Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Mas’ud, whom the United States said fought American soldiers at Tora Bora before his capture in Pakistan;
— Saa’d Nasser Moqbil Al Azani, a religious teacher whom the U.S. believes had ties to bin Laden’s religious adviser; and
— Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki, who allegedly arrived in Afghanistan as early as 1998 to fight and support the Taliban.
The Defense Department said it is grateful to the government of Oman for its “humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay” and that the U.S. coordinated with the Oman government to ensure the transfers took place consistent with “appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”
The Oman News Agency reported early Saturday that the men would be living there “temporarily,” without elaborating. Sultan Qaboos bin Said approved the men being in the country to aid the U.S. while also taking into account the men’s “humanitarian circumstances,” the agency reported.
Oman’s decision to accept the men comes as it has played an increasingly important role in mediations between the U.S. and Iran as world powers try to strike a nuclear deal over the Islamic Republic’s contested atomic program.
All of the 11 detainees transferred this year have been from Yemen. At least 43 of the remaining 51 approved for transfer this year are from Yemen. (read more)