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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AG

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009 (202) 514-2007

WWW.USDOJ.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888

UNITED STATES RESETTLES FOUR UIGHUR DETAINEES FROM GUANTANAMO BAY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF BERMUDA

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice today announced that four detainees, Chinese nationals of Uighur ethnicity who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, have been resettled in Bermuda. These detainees, who were subject to release as a result of court orders, had been cleared for release by the prior administration, which determined they would no longer treat them as enemy combatants. The detainees were again cleared for release this year after review by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force.

As directed by the President's January 22, 2009, Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of the four, including a threat evaluation, and approved them for resettlement. The detainees left Guantanamo Bay today pursuant to an arrangement between the United States and the Government of Bermuda.

The Uighurs are a Turkic Muslim minority from the Xinjiang province of far-west China. The Uighurs currently at Guantanamo Bay left China and made their way to Afghanistan, where most eventually settled in a camp with other Uighurs opposed to the Chinese government. After the United States conducted aerial strikes in the area in October 2001, the Uighurs from that camp fled to Pakistan and were later apprehended. According to available information, these individuals did not travel to Afghanistan with the intent to take any hostile action against the United States.

This marks the first time since 2006 that the U.S. government has successfully resettled any of the Guantanamo Uighur population. In 2006, five Uighurs were transferred to Albania; there have been no reports of post-resettlement engagement in criminal behavior or terrorist activities.

"By helping accomplish the President's objective of closing Guantanamo, the transfer of these detainees will make America safer," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "We are extremely grateful to the government of Bermuda for its assistance in the successful resettlement of these four detainees, and we commend the leadership they have demonstrated on this important issue."

Since 2002, more than 540 detainees have departed Guantanamo for other countries including Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen.

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Obama has avoided the thorny details of assiduous analysis on the most critical problems facing America, and has used sweeping, but banal statements of obvious principals, while his appointees actually implement policies and programs inconsistent with the claims of the message. Now we have flip-flops upon flip-flops on detainees.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2009/06/does-america-yearn-for-monarch.html

Did America elect a monarch? … A President is still needed.

Um okay James. Bermuda is an interesting choice. One would think that the US would have pressured Austrailia more to take them as the Australia has a huge Uyghur population.

CRICKET ANYONE, THEY PLAY THAT IN THIS BEAUTIFUL
PLACE, VERY BEAUTIFUL, EXCEPT FOR THE HURRICANES
THAT COME THROUGH EVERY NOW AND THEN!
CAN YOU SAY SHELLY-BAY BEACH!
YOU NEED BIG MONEY TO STAY AT THIS PLACE, I DON'T
THINK AUSTRAILIA WANTS TO GO BACK TO ITS ROOTS!
IT ONCE WAS A PENAL COLONY!

AFTER VIEWING THESE FOUR MEN, THEY WERE ABOUT TERRORIST MATERIAL AS I AM!
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PANIC AND START PICKING UP RANDOM PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY LOOK LIKE SOMEONE WHO COULD DO HARM TO AMERICA!
LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK, AN 88 YEAR OLD MAN DOUBLE PARKS IN THE STREET IN FRONT OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, THE OFFICER OPENS THE DOOR FOR HIM, THINKING HE IS AN ELDERLY MAN WANTING TO VISIT THE MUSEUM, THE MAN PULLS A RIFLE AND KILLS THE OFFICER, AND THEN HE IS SHOT IN THE FACE, BUT THE OFFICER DIES, THE RED FLAG WAS HE DOUBLED PARKED IN THE STREET, AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF, HE HAD A WEBSITE WITH VERY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL ON IT ABOUT RACIST VIEWS, NOW THIS GUY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND, LET ALONE VISIT A MUSEUM ABOUT PEOPLE HE DISLIKED!
TELL DICK CHENEY ABOUT THAT!

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