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Obama to Leave 40 Inmates in Guantanamo at End of Term

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 11:03 AM

President Barack Obama's administration has told Congress that it plans to relocate 19 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in one last effort to reduce the military prison's inmate population and about 40 inmates will remain at the facility.

Obama vowed on his Inauguration Day to close the facility for good, but was unable to follow through on that promise, though he did narrow the number of prisoners from over 700 under former President George W. Bush to 59 today.

"The bottom line is that the continuing existence of Guantanamo is a legal and moral blight," Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, told The Washington Post. "It is the embodiment of U.S. violations of the rule of law, unfair trials and unlawful and indefinite detentions without charge or trial."

The transfer would move some of the prisoners to the United Arab Emirates, with the rest going to Oman, Saudi Arabia and possibly Italy.

"History is going to judge him badly for his failure to close Guantanamo and particularly for his failure to do everything he has legal authority to do," J. Wells Dixon, who represents Guantanamo prisoners as an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, told the Post.

The White House reaffirmed that the Obama administration continues to take "all possible steps" towards closing the prison.

"The continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners and emboldening violent extremists," said White House spokeswoman Emily Horne.

President-elect Donald Trump has not supported Obama is his attempts to close the prison or relocate prisoners. He said in an interview with the Miami Herald in August that he "want[s] to make sure, 100 percent sure, that if we're going to release people, No. 1, they're going to be people that can be released, and it's going to be safe to release them."

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President Barack Obama's administration has told Congress that it plans to relocate 19 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in one last effort to reduce the military prison's inmate population and about 40 inmates will remain at the facility.
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