Guantanamo Review Task Force

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Guantanamo Review Task Force report of 2010-01-22, made public 2010-05-28

The Guantanamo Review Task Force was created by Executive Order 13492 issued by President of the United States Barack Obama on January 22, 2009, his second full day in office. United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced Matthew G. Olsen as Executive Director of the task force on February 20, 2009. The task force was charged with determining which Guantánamo detainees can be transferred (released), which can be prosecuted for crimes they may have committed, and, if neither of those is possible, recommending other lawful means for disposition of the detainees.[1]

The task force was an inter-agency task force, with the U.S. Department of Justice coordinating the efforts of officials from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security. The final report was issued January 22, 2010,[2] but not publicly released until May 28, 2010. The Washington Post reported that the "administration sat on the report in the wake of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day because there was little public or congressional appetite for further discussion of its plan to close the military detention center."[3]

Of the 240 detainees considered, the report recommended that 126 detainees should be transferred to their home country or to another country that was willing to accept them, 36 be prosecuted in either federal court or a military commission, 48 be held indefinitely under the laws of war and 30 Yemenis should be approved for transfer if security conditions in Yemen improved.[3][4][5] As of April 2016, 80 detainees remain at Guantanamo.[6]

Congressional Representative Frank Wolf criticized the task force claiming it was subjected to political interference from the White House.[5]

Publication of the names of the cleared[edit]

On September 21, 2012, the United States Department of Justice published a list of the names of 55 Guantanamo captives who had been cleared for release.[7][8][9] Danica Coto of the Associated Press reported that the publication of the names surprised human rights workers who had been seeking this information through Freedom of Information Act requests

Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, reported that State Department officials had confirmed a 56 man's name had been left off the list, even though he too had been cleared for release, because his name was under seal.[10] She reported that now that the captives's names have been published, the secrecy agreement their lawyers signed would no longer prevent them from contacting third countries to seek asylum themselves.

Fausto Biloslavo, writing in the Italian newspaper Il Giornale told his readers about six Guantanamo captives, who had lived in Italy, and might be transferred to Italy.[9] Those six men were Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al-Yafi, Adel Bin Ahmed Bin Ibrahim Hkiml, Ridah Bin Saleh al-Yazidi, Yunis Abdurrahman Shokuri, Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy, and Bensayah Belkacem.

Current Guantanamo Bay Detainee-Petitioners Approved For Transfer (Sept. 21, 2012)[11][12]
ISN Detainee’s Name Civil
ISN 34 Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al-Yafi 05-CV-2386
ISN 35 Idris Ahmad Abdu Qadir Idris 09-CV-0745
ISN 36 Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris 05-CV-1555
ISN 38 Ridah bin Saleh Al Yazidi 07-CV-2337
ISN 152 Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi 05-CV-0999
ISN 153 Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman 10-CV-1411
ISN 163 Khalid Abd Elgabar Mohammed Othman 05-CV-2088
ISN 168 Adel Al-Hakeemy 05-CV-0429
ISN 170 Sharif Al-Sanani 05-CV-2386
ISN 174 Hisham Sliti 05-CV-0429
ISN 189 Falen Gherebi 04-CV-1164
ISN 197 Younous Chekkouri 05-CV-0329
ISN 200 Saad Al-Qahtani 05-CV-2384
ISN 224 Mahmoud Al-Shubati 07-CV-2338
ISN 238 Nabil Said Hadjarab 05-CV-1504
ISN 239 Shaker Aamer 04-CV-2215
ISN 249 Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Ba Odah 06-CV-1668
ISN 254 Muhammed Ali Husayn Khunaina 05-CV-2223
ISN 255 Said Muhammad Salih Hatim 05-CV-1429
ISN 257 Omar Hamzayavich Abdulayev 05-CV-2386
ISN 259 Fadhel Hussein Saleh Hentif 06-CV-1766
ISN 275 Abdul Sabour 05-CV-1509
ISN 280 Khalid Ali 05-CV-1509
ISN 282 Sabir Osman 05-CV-1509
ISN 288 Motai Saib 05-CV-1353
ISN 290 Ahmed Bin Saleh Bel Bacha 05-CV-2349
ISN 309 Muieen Adeen Al-Sattar 08-CV-1236
ISN 326 Ahmed Adnan Ahjam 09-CV-0745
ISN 327 Ali Al Shaaban 05-CV-0892
ISN 329 Abdul Hadi Omar Mahmoud Faraj 05-CV-1490
ISN 502 Abdul Bin Mohammed Ourgy 05-CV-1497
ISN 511 Suleiman Awadh Bin Aqil Al-Nahdi 05-CV-0280
ISN 553 Abdulkhaliq Ahmed Al-Baidhani 04-CV-1194
ISN 554 Fahmi Salem Al-Assani 05-CV-0280
ISN 564 Jalal Bin Amer Awad 04-CV-1194
ISN 566 Mansour Mohamed Mutaya Ali 08-CV-1233
ISN 570 Sabry Mohammed 05-CV-2385
ISN 572 Saleh Mohammad Seleh Al-Thabbi 05-CV-2104
ISN 574 Hamood Abdullah Hamood 06-CV-1767
ISN 575 Saad Nasir Mukbl Al-Azani 08-CV-2019
ISN 680 Emad Abdallah Hassan 04-CV-1194
ISN 684 Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan 09-CV-0745
ISN 686 Abdel Ghalib Ahmad Hakim 05-CV-2199
ISN 689 Mohammed Ahmed Salam Al-Khateeb 09-CV-0745
ISN 690 Abdul Qader Ahmed Hussein 05-CV-2104
ISN 691 Mohammed Al-Zarnouqi 06-CV-1767
ISN 722 Jihad Dhiab 05-CV-1457
ISN 757 Ahmed Abdel Aziz 05-CV-0492
ISN 894 Mohammed Abdul Rahman 05-CV-0359
ISN 899 Shawali Khan 08-CV-1101
ISN 928 Khiali Gul 05-CV-0877
ISN 934 Abdul Ghani 09-CV-0904
ISN 1015 Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi 05-CV-1645
ISN 1103 Mohammad Zahir 05-CV-2367
ISN 10001 Belkacem Bensayah 04-CV-1166


  1. ^ "Attorney General Appoints Executive Director to Lead New Task Force on Review of Guantanamo Bay Detainees". U. S. Department of Justice. February 20, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Finn, Peter (January 22, 2010). "Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held indefinitely". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Finn, Peter (May 29, 2010). "Most Guantanamo detainees low-level fighters, task force report says". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Worthington, Andy (June 11, 2010). "Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantánamo?". Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Frank R. Wolf (2011-07-15). "IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATION OF MATHEW OLSEN TO LEAD THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2011-11-18. During an April 22, 2009, meeting in my office with members of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Review Task Force, including Mr. Olsen, I inquired about the status of the potential transfer of Uighur detainees to the United States.  mirror
  6. ^ Spetalnik, Matt (2016-04-21). "Guantanamo shrinking but Obama goal of closing prison still elusive". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  7. ^ Danica Coto (2012-09-21). "U.S. releases list of Guantanamo detainees cleared for transfer". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. The U.S. Justice Department has made public the names of 55 Guantanamo prisoners who have been approved for transfer to the custody of other countries, releasing information sought by human rights organizations. The announcement, which reverses a 2009 decision, was a surprise to organizations that had filed FOIA requests seeking the information. 
  8. ^ "US releases names of 55 Guantanamo detainees approved for transfer". 2012-09-23. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. 
  9. ^ a b Fausto Biloslavo (2012-09-23). "Quei reclusi di Guantanamo che possiamo trovarci in casa" [Those inmates from Guantanamo that we can find in the house]. Il Giornale. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. 
  10. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2012-09-21). "U.S. names 55 Guantánamo captives cleared for release". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Current Guantanamo Bay Detainee-Petitioners Approved For Transfer (Sept. 21, 2012)" (PDF). Department of Justice. 2012-09-21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-09-23. 
  12. ^ The chart does not include any current Guantanamo Bay detainees approved for transfer whose transfer status is protected by sealed orders issued by the Court of Appeals.

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