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Two Guantanamo Bay inmates sent to Bosnia and Montenegro

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The Pentagon on Thursday announced the transfer of another two inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison, bringing the controversial facility’s remaining population down to 91.

Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah was sent to Bosnia, while Abd al-Aziz Abduh Abdallah Ali Al-Suwaydi was transferred to Montenegro.

According to their leaked prisoner files, Sawah is a citizen of Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Al-Suwaydi is from Yemen.

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The transfers mark another step as the administration of US President Barack Obama struggles to close the facility. About 780 inmates have been held there since it opened in January 2002.

“The United States is grateful to the government of Montenegro for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon said in a statement announcing Al-Suwaydi’s release.

“The United States coordinated with the government of Montenegro to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”

The statement did not give further details, but typically Guantanamo inmates are released on condition they undergo a rehabilitation or reintegration program to make sure they do not threaten US security interests.

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Al-Suwaydi, 41, was allegedly an Al-Qaeda member and explosives trainer, according to his file. He was captured in Pakistan in February 2002.

Sawah, 58, was captured in December 2001 and first recommended for release in 2007.

He allegedly admitted to being in Al-Qaeda and developing explosives for the jihadist group, including limpet mines for use against US ships and a prototype shoe bomb.

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Despite this purported past, he was a “highly prolific source and has provided invaluable intelligence,” Sawah’s file states. The 2008 document notes he was morbidly obese at the time.

Of the remaining 91 men in Guantanamo, 34 have been approved for transfer. The rest face ongoing, indefinite detention.

Obama wants these men to be transferred to federal facilities in the United States and has asked the Pentagon to come up with proposals for a “Guantanamo North” so he can shut the Cuban prison.

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But delays, bureaucratic hurdles and political opposition mean it is increasingly likely the clock will tick down on his presidency before Guantanamo closes.

Inmates are kept without recourse to the regular US legal processes and some likely will die in prison without ever being convicted of a crime.


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‘A threat to virtually everything that the United States should stand for’: Scathing NYT op-ed on Trump goes viral

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damning piece by New York Times Opinion Columnist David Leonhardt is going viral. “Donald Trump vs. the United States of America” says it’s “Just the facts, in 40 sentences.”

That’s all it is.

40 sentences, 40 facts chronicling President Donald Trump’s lawlessness, self-dealing, un-American behavior, attempts to do real damage to vital institutions, and grotesque acts. Some are impeachable offenses. Some are just not worthy – or are disqualifying – of a president of the United States.

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Mississippi: African American voters sue over election law rooted in the state’s racist past

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A lawsuit over a Mississippi election law, if successful, will change the way that state elects its governor.

Four African Americans filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in May 2019, charging that the way their state elects its statewide officials violates the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the principle of “one-person, one-vote.”

To win election, a candidate for governor of Mississippi has to win an outright majority of the popular vote – and win a majority of the state’s 122 House districts.

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Fox & Friends pushes lies and distortions about intel whistleblower: ‘Almost as if they heard a rumor’

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"Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy pushed inaccurate claims about a whistleblower complaint filed by an intelligence official against President Donald Trump.

The Fox News broadcaster downplayed the complaint, which reportedly involved Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to dig up dirt against Joe Biden, and falsely claimed that Congress had no authority to investigate.

"In this country, you know, we've heard a lot over the last couple of years about how the Democrats would like to impeach the president of the United States," Doocy said, and co-host Brian Kilmeade feigned shock.

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