Closing Gitmo

75 Detainees Cleared For Release

The slow trickle out of Gitmo continues: Seventy-five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release by the Obama administration. The detainees likely learned of the news by reading a document posted by the military around the dreaded prison in Cuba, which lists the names of those cleared for release. A task force is examining the cases of the 223 prisoners remaining at Gitmo one by one to determine whether they should be tried or released to other countries. Some of the latest prisoners to have been cleared are two Uzbeks sent to Ireland, a Yemeni man sent back his home country, and 13 Uighurs awaiting release to the island of Palau. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently expressed skepticism about meeting President Obama's January 22 deadline for closing the prison.