Not surprisingly, this letter from President Obama to the leaders of Congress is blunt and at times scathing.
He reports a one time high of nearly 800 detainees is now down to 41. During the Obama years, 196 have been transferred out. He articulates the bipartisan support is still there, as it was when he took office in 2009, for closing Guantanamo detainment facility. He expresses once again his challenge to Congress to close the facility and move the remaining detainees to secure federal prisons.
Included with the letter is an updated plan for closing of the facility submitted by the Defense Department.
Memorandum posted January 19, 2017.