Guantanamo Bay: The Remaining Detainees

Hearing Date: May 24, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To identify the detainees who remain in Guantanamo and evaluate the danger posed by the detainees who have returned to the battlefield.
  • To assess the implications the closure of the facility would have on the United States’ national security interests.


  • Almost 800 terrorist detainees have been held at Guantanamo Bay since January 2002. Currently, 80 individuals remain detained in Guantanamo.
  • President Obama inherited a population of mostly high-risk detainees when he took office, and has transferred 144 of those detainees.
  • President Obama delivered a plan to Congress to close Guantanamo Bay that entailed transferring most of the remaining detainees to other countries with others transferred to an undetermined facility in the United States.
  • The Director of National Intelligence published a report detailing that 118 of the 676 detainees transferred returned to battle, and another 86 are suspected of having returned to


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Thomas Joscelyn Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies Document
Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.) Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Cole Document
Mr. Jay Alan Liotta Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs U.S. Department of Defense Document
Mr. Alberto Mora Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Harvard Kennedy School Document

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