Washington - The Pentagon released on Monday the names of
Guantanamo Bay's 46 "indefinite detainees", terror suspects
considered too dangerous to transfer from the prison and who cannot be tried in
The 15-page list, unveiling details about the prisoners for
the first time, was released to The New York Times and The Miami Herald in
response to freedom of information requests.
It also included the names of all 166 detainees who remain
at the US military jail in south-eastern Cuba.
The men designated for indefinite detention include 26
Yemenis, 12 Afghans, three Saudis, two Kuwaitis, two Libyans, a Kenyan, a
Moroccan and a Somali.
Two of those men, both Afghans, have died. One committed
suicide and the other died of a heart attack.
The captives' status is one of the most controversial
aspects of the notorious prison camp.
US official say that because the men were subjected to harsh
interrogation techniques, such as the simulated drowning technique known as water
boarding, denounced as torture, they cannot be prosecuted because the evidence
against them is tainted cannot be admitted in court.
In 2009, a multi-agency task force sorted through the
detainees' records as it sought to fulfil President Barack Obama's promise to
The task force announced in January 2010 that it had
classified 48 of the detainees as ineligible trial because there was
insufficient evidence against them or because the evidence was inadmissible.
But it had never released the names of the indefinite detainees.
Rights groups welcomed the move but made fresh calls for the
Obama administration to transfer the 86 detainees who have already been cleared
to leave Guantanamo, most of them Yemenis.
"It is fundamental to democracy that the public know
the identities of the people our nation is depriving of liberty and why they
are being detained," Human Rights First's Dixon Osburn said in a
"The United States has held some of the men at
Guantanamo now for over a decade. Today's revelation is welcome, though long
Among the indefinite detainees were some of the 104 prisoners
observing a hunger strike that began more than four months ago. Prison
authorities say 44 of the hunger strikers are being force-fed.
The list identifies a total of 34 detainees eligible for
On Sunday, chief war crimes prosecutor Brigadier General
said not all of those men would be prosecuted due to federal court rulings that
disqualified "providing material support for terror" as a war crimes
Among the men designated for trial were the self-proclaimed
mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his five
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused in the 2000 USS Cole
bombing that killed 17 American sailors, was also designated for trial.
Earlier, the Obama administration appointed lawyer Cliff Sloan
as its new pointman for the task of trying to close down Guantanamo.