Rep Urges U.S. to Stop Sending Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen

By Joshua Rhett Miller
December 29, 2009

As hundreds of Al Qaeda militants in Yemen are said to be planning terror attacks against the West, a U.S. lawmaker has called on the Obama administration to halt immediately the release of Guantanamo detainees to the Middle Eastern country.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., wrote to President Obama Tuesday requesting that the administration not send any more Guantanamo detainees back to Yemen or any other unstable country. Wolf, who has penned four similar letters since Oct. 1, said he also would ask that threat assessments be made public for each detainee who is cleared for release.

“I’m troubled by every [detainee] that I’ve read about,” Wolf told “I personally would have sent none of them back to Yemen. These guys are some of the most dangerous; they’ve been involved in activities with direct threats to the United States….

“Don’t send them back to Yemen, particularly based on what happened on Christmas,” he said. “It’s dangerous to the country.”

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn also wrote to Obama on Tuesday making the same case.

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