- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Obama administration’s race to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will reportedly speed up this summer with the transfer of 24 suspected terrorists to other nations.

An official close to the process told Fox News on Tuesday that roughly 25 percent of the camp’s detainees will be gone within months.

Catherine Herridge, the network’s chief intelligence correspondent, said that President Obama’s decision is notable because a review board in 2011 deemed remaining prisoners too dangerous to leave the facility.

“Your question is going to be, ‘What has really changed in the past couple of years?’ Mrs. Herridge said to “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren. ” What’s changed is not the evidence but how much risk the White House is willing to accept in order to close these camps. […] What we know from the statistics is about one-third are suspected or confirmed of going back to the battlefield.”

Mr. Obama has reduced the prison population from 242 to 80 inmates. The official who spoke to Fox said those who remain are “the worst of the worst.”

The White House maintains it must close the facility to curtail recruitment into terrorist organizations. Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, told Congress that Mr. Obama’s efforts are about something else — politics.

“[Closing the prison is] all about ideologically driven policy. It’s not about the actual assessment of the risks of these individuals,” Mr. Joscelyn said Tuesday while on Capitol Hill, Fox reported.

The network noted that Republican Sens. Mark Kirk, of Illinois, and James Lankford, of Oklahoma, are attempting to create a legal mechanism that will hold nations accountable for detainees’ actions once they leave U.S. custody.

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