October 2, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today urged the Obama Administration to reconsider sending detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to unstable countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan or Algeria.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Wolf wrote that the administration should halt all transfers until "evidence is provided to this Congress demonstrating that the detainee can be properly received and monitored in the receiving country."
Wolf, the top Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, cited a number of recent press reports detailing the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, including a piece in this week's Time magazine, headlined, "Is Yemen the Next Afghanistan?", as the reason for asking for any transfers to be stopped.
In addition to sending a letter to Holder, Wolf spoke on the floor of the House, asking why Congress is not being briefed about the potential transfers of detainees. He also called for congressional hearings on the proposed transfers, "What kind of policy is this that the detainees at Guantanamo Bay have a list of those to be released, but members of Congress and the American people are in the dark?"
Wolf, who has been speaking out since spring about the administration's failure to keep Congress informed of its plans to close Guantanamo Bay, said the deadline to close the facility is no excuse to expedite the release of detainees, particularly to countries that may not be prepared to take responsibility for them.
"While we may have a difference of opinion on how best to deal with the situation in Guantanamo Bay, I think we can all agree that a rushed release of terrorist detainees to countries with a strong al-Qaeda presence is not in America's best interest," Wolf said.
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