Department of defense press release:
Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, Ali
Hussain Shaabaan, Omar Mahmoud Faraj, Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy, Mohammed
Tahanmatan, and Jihad Diyab from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to
the Government of Uruguay.
As directed by the president's Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency
Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As
a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security
issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments
and agencies comprising the task force.
In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed
Congress of the United States' intent to transfer these individuals and of his
determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.
The United States is grateful to the Government of Uruguay for its willingness
to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
The United States coordinated with the Government of Uruguay to ensure these
transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment
Today, 136 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.
Emptywheel has more here-- including the statement from the attorney for one of the men.
Carol Rosenberg from the Miami Herald has more here
Glenn Greenwald at Intercept has more here. (including a great photoe capsulizing how things never changed from Bush to Obamam.....)