U.S. Releases Two Guantánamo Detainees, Though They’d Rather Stay

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The U.S. government has renewed its effort to shut down Guantánamo Bay, but the two men who were recently released aren't celebrating. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced two detainees were transferred to their home country of Algeria, though they said they fear persecution and would rather stay in Cuba. A State Department spokesman said they're confident that Algeria will "abide by lawful procedures." Wells Dixon, a lawyer for one of the men, countered that they're just "numbers on a spreadsheet" for the agency. "I think the State Department doesn’t care if it ruins their lives," he added. They've been held since 2002 and never charged, so that seems like a good bet.