The Obama administration has reportedly transferred two Algerians from Guantanamo to their native country. Given the allegations levied against them at Gitmo, it is likely that the two are in Algerian custody.
There is no transparency with respect to detainee transfers. So, we do not know how the Obama administration decided to approve the two detainees for transfer, or what will come of them back in Algeria. Press accounts do not indicate if the two remain detained, but it would be surprising to learn they have been outright freed.
One of the two was implicated in al Qaeda’s millennium plot against Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California. The other is allegedly a devout takfiri, who was plotting attacks against American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and was also responsible for two attacks against churches in Pakistan that same year.That's via Stephen F. Hayes at The Weekly Standard. Read his whole post. These are not nice guys.
This is on the heels of reports yesterday that Republicans have introduced legislation "designed to restrict President Barack Obama's ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees back to countries that harbor terrorists."
From Deseret News:
The bill requires the president to certify before transferring a detainee to a foreign country that the country is not a state sponsor of terrorism, can control its own territory, has no areas that serve as a safe haven for terrorist groups and has no previously released detainees who have returned to terrorist activities.
Of course, the bill isn't really expected to fare very well. The the objective is to CLOSE Gitmo, you know. Planning and common sense be damned!
Given that Eric Holder made the decision on his own to turn Abdulmutallab over to the criminal justice system, I wonder if he's the only one involved in deciding which detainees get released and where they go. This, remember, is the guy that worked for the firm that represented many of these detainees pro bono.