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Murkowski Questions Legality of Guantanamo Release

Senator Seeks Independent Inquiry into Bergdahl Deal, Pentagon’s Role

WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski and a number of her U.S. Senate colleagues are asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into the negotiations of the Department of Defense that resulted in the release of five high-ranking Taliban officials.

Under the rule of law, in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense is required to consult with, or at a minimum notify, Congress at least 30 days in advance of any transfer or release of Guantanamo inmates.  The 2014 NDAA blocks the funding of any such release efforts that don’t comply with the law.

In a letter to the head of the GAO, Senator Murkowski and her colleagues seek an independent and objective analysis of how this agreement was reached, to look into whether federal laws were broken through the release of the five Taliban members to the Government of Qatar.

The letter reads: