Friday, April 22, 2016


A brief interlude to acknowledge the passing of an artist.


This article comes from Juan Cole's blog and asks the question "With nine months left until a new president is inaugurated, the question is: Can this country’s signature War on Terror prison ever be closed?"

Detailed breakdown of the Gitmo Stats.....

Reflecting the recent announcement that the PRB has declined to approve for transfer Sharqawi Abdu Ali al Hajj (ISN 1457), a Yemeni whom the government has also referred to as “Riyadh the Facilitator” the following is the latest breakdown of the population.

The prison population remains at 80: 26 are cleared, 44 are awaiting clearance, and 10 are in the military commission system (of those, 7 are in “active” “trial” proceedings while 3 have been “convicted”).

Of the 26 cleared, 21 (80.8%) are Yemenis and 5 are non-Yemenis. 

Of the 44 awaiting clearance, 19 are Yemenis and 25 are non-Yemenis.

PRB Data

The PRB has approved for transfer 20 of the 28 detainees for whom it has issued decisions (71.4%).

Of the 44 detainees who are PRB-eligible and still awaiting clearance:

·         Eight were denied clearance in their initial appearance before the PRB and are in various stages of file review (ISNs 28, 29, 242, 522, 569, 1094, 1457) or have received a subsequent full review (ISN 131);
·         Three have had their initial hearings and are awaiting decision (ISNs 508, 762, 841);
·         18 are officially in the PRB process with (at least tentatively) scheduled hearing dates (ISNs 27, 44, 63, 685, 694, 696, 702, 753, 760, 837, 838, 839, 840, 975, 1453, 1461, 1463, 10025);
·         15 are not yet officially in the PRB process.

For these purposes, a detainee is “officially in the PRB process” when he has received formal notification of the process and has been assigned a PRB hearing date, based on either (a) the detainee appearing (even if only temporarily) on the PRB web page tracking individual detainees’ proceedings, (b) my personal knowledge regarding our PRB-eligible clients, or (c) information provided to me by counsel for other PRB-eligible detainees.

Cleared Detainee Data

15 of the 26 cleared detainees currently at the base were cleared by the Obama Task Force.  The other 11 were cleared by the PRB, which means 9 PRB-cleared detainees have been released.

Specifically, of the 26 cleared:

11 are Yemenis approved for “conditional detention” by the Obama Task Force (ISNs 33, 40, 91, 223, 240, 440, 498, 509, 550, 728, 893)
1 is a Yemeni approved for transfer by the Obama Task Force (ISN 153)
3 are non-Yemenis approved for transfer by the Obama Task Force (ISNs 38 (Tunisia), 257 (Tajikistan), 309 (unknown/UAE))

2 are Yemenis approved for “conditional detention” by the PRB (ISNs 31, 37)
7 are Yemenis approved for transfer by the PRB (ISNs 41, 128, 235, 434, 441, 576, 836)

2 are non-Yemenis approved for transfer by the PRB (ISNs 1045 (Afghanistan), 1119 (Afghanistan))