Pentagon thwarts Obama’s effort to close Guantanamo

In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

The foreign officials told the administration they would first need to review Ba Odah’s medical records, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the episode. The Yemeni has been on a hunger strike for seven years, dropping to 74 pounds from 148, and the foreign officials wanted to make sure they could care for him.

For the next six weeks, Pentagon officials declined to release the records, citing patient privacy concerns, according to the U.S. officials. The delegation, from a country administration officials declined to identify, canceled its visit. After the administration promised to deliver the records, the delegation traveled to Guantanamo and appeared set to take the prisoner off U.S. hands, the officials said. The Pentagon again withheld Ba Odah’s full medical file.

  • winniec

    Islamic terrorists are unique among criminals. They have a mission from Allah to terrorize. The likelihood of deprogramming them to repent is low. They need to be isolated from society and from other inmates. All Western countries need their own ‘Devil’s Island’. The US needs one more than most countries. Guantanamo is ideal for isolating terrorists because it’s far from metropolitan USA where protesters could riot and hurt the public or the jail guards. Canada will need a Guantanamo of its own when the jihad grows in Canada under Justin.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Jihadi continues to rot in Gitmo.
    Yeah, I’m good.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    We should have never taken any prisoners at all.

  • Maggat

    Good, best news I’ve heard all day.

  • BillyHW

    The existence of Guantanamo is going to become an issue for the media and the left again moments after Donald Trump’s inauguration.