Revealed: The 48 People Stuck in Guantanamo Forever
Graffiti depicts a Guantanamo prisoner.
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For over three years, the names of Guantanamo detainees slated to be held indefinitely has been a secret. But the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg, along with Yale Law students, have compelled the government to release the information for the first time.
The Herald and the students had filed a lawsuit in March asking for the list of Guantanamo detainees deemed to be too dangerous for release but who cannot be tried in court because of evidence obtained by torture, inadmissible evidence or secret intelligence. Rosenberg detailed the list in a story published yesterday.
The release of the list (see below for all the names) is the first time the administration has publicly named these 48 detainees, though two of the Afghan detainees died in Guantanamo. The men designated for being held indefinitely include people from Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and more. They were deemed to be held indefinitely as a result of a task force process that classified detainees under separate categories, including the category of being held forever.
Human rights experts say the practice of holding men indefinitely is a violation of international law. “All of the detainees should either be charged and fairly tried in federal court, or released,” Amnesty International’s Zeke Johnson told Rosenberg.
The list of indefinite detainees was released in the midst of renewed attention on the camp due to a mass hunger strike. Some of the men classified as indefinite detainees are hunger striking currently.
The names of the indefinite prisoners were also released on the heels of President Obama’s renewed vows to close the prison once and for all. But even if Obama closes the prison, his administration has indicated it plans to hold some prisoners indefinitely, even if they’re held in the U.S. As Rosenberg writes, the category of indefinite detainees arose for a number of reasons. These include the fact that evidence against some of these detainees was obtained through torture, and cannot be used in court; “insufficient evidence” to prove a crime; or military intelligence claiming that detainees had undergone training that prepared them to attack the U.S. when released.
Rosenberg also reports that the U.S. government is now saying it wants to prosecute a number of the detainees classified as indefinite prisoners. But Human Rights Watch’s Andrea Prasow noted that “many of the detainees designated for prosecution can only be prosecuted in civilian court, so unless Congress lifts the restrictions banning their transfer they are effectively ‘indefinite detainees.’”
Additionally, the administration is reportedly considering transferring 5 of the detainees on the list to Qatar in exchange for an American prisoner of war being held by the Taliban.
The Miami Herald has published the names and nationalities of Guantanamo's indefinite detainees. The numbers are each prisoners' "internment serial number."
ISN 004, Abdul Haq Wasiq (Afghanistan)
ISN 006, Mullah Norullah Noori (Afghanistan)
ISN 007, Mullah Mohammed Fazl (Afghanistan)
ISN 027, Uthman Abd al-Rahim Muhammad Uthman (Yemen)
ISN 028, Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi (Yemen)
ISN 029, Mohammed al-Ansi (Yemen)
ISN 031, Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid (Yemen)
ISN037, Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al Rahabi (Yemen)
ISN041, Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed (Yemen)
ISN042, Abd al Rahman Shalbi Isa Uwaydah (Saudi Arabia)
ISN044, Muhammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim (Yemen)
ISN045, Ali Ahmad al-Rahizi (Yemen)
ISN128, Ghaleb Nassar al Bihani (Yemen)
ISN131, Salem Ahmad Hadi Bin Kanad (Yemen)
ISN195, Mohammed Abd al Rahman al Shumrant (Saudi Arabia)
ISN232, Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad al Odah (Kuwait)