The Pentagon says 15 inmates from Guantanamo prison have been transferred to the UAE, part of President Barack Obama's plan to shut down the U.S. detention center in Cuba that has brought international condemnation for its indefinite detention of inmates without charge or trial. Mana Rabiee reports.
It's the single largest transfer of Guantanamo detainees since Barack Obama became president. Fifteen inmates, mostly Yemenis, sent to the United Arab Emirates. Their release brings the total number of inmates at the U.S. naval base in Cuba down to 61. Most have been held without charge or trial for over a decade - an issue that has brought international condemnation. Obama HAD hoped to close the prison during his first year in office. But he's faced opposition from Republican lawmakers and some Democrats. Republican Congressman Ed Royce, who chairs the house Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that this latest inmate transfer announced Monday means -- "hardened terrorists are being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat". Still, some human rights activists AND U.S. officials think keeping Guantanamo open is ITSELF a risk to U.S. national security. …saying it emboldens violent extremists and damages America's relationships with key allies and partners.