US lawmakers are once again trying to use the annual defense spending bill to block the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release.
Life support for the 23-year-old Iranian refugee Omid has just been switched off in a Brisbane hospital.
That, and they're sick of Australia controlling everything they do. Some residents are even pushing for secession.
The US president noted that operating Guantanamo is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars and is inconsistent "with our interests as a nation and undermines our standing in the world."
Likening lawmakers' fierce opposition to closing Guantanamo to calls against resettling Syrian refugees in the US, Obama emphasized on Thursday that the prison "has been an enormous recruitment tool" for terrorists like the Islamic State.
Held for nearly 14 years, the detainees were transferred to the UAE Friday night, after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
VICE News attended a recent protest at the Yarl's Wood center, which contains hundreds of detainees and has been subjected to allegations of abuse — both physical and sexual.
A biannual report has found that nine former detainees, all of whom were released during the Bush administration, have 're-engaged' since July.
Senators squared off with Obama administration officials today during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the future of the detention facility.
Although President Obama has made assurances that Yemen is the model for counterterrorism success, an initiative to build a rehabilitation center to house repatriated Guantánamo detainees from that country is showing little progress.
In order for a prisoner to be cleared every single US government agency with a stake in national security affairs has to sign off on his release.
Fawzi al-Odah, who the US government says traveled to Afghanistan to join extremists shortly after 9/11, will enter a rehabilitation center.