U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is calling for the declassification of intelligence related to the five Afghan nationals who were transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Qatar.
“In addition to explaining why he did not notify Congress of this prisoner swap, President Obama needs to look the American people in the eye and explain why he was justified in releasing these individuals. He also needs to explain the risks associated with transferring these individuals and why they will never face justice for their past actions,” Chambliss said. “The president should immediately declassify each of their 2009 assessments and let the American people know what each of these individuals was accused of, why they were being held at Guantanamo, and what this administration found in each of their annual reviews. If the American people had this information, they would agree we should not be returning these terrorists back to the fight.”
The five were exchanged for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who apparently left his unit in Afghanistan in 2009. Chambliss, who is retiring, serves as the vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.