Nearly half of the detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay are slated for transfer, a Pentagon official confirmed to Fox News.
Of the 76 remaining detainees, 34 have been approved for transfer to countries that have agreed to accept them, according to spokeswoman Valerie Henderson.
Thirty-two other detainees are slated to have their cases heard by a Department of Defense review board.
Not all the detainees that get transferred to other countries will go to prison, however, and the details of the terms of each transfer with other nations remain a secret.
Ten other detainees at Gitmo cannot be transferred based on the severity of the charges they face.
The developments continue to fuel concerns among critics that some of these detainees could return to terror. They cite statistics from the Director of National Intelligence that say nearly 30 percent of those who have been released have returned to the battlefield or have been suspected of doing so.
While President Obama has called those transferred to date “low level individuals,” defense officials with knowledge of the recent transfers and of those remaining at the detention center call these men the “worst of the worst.”
Some of the detainees approved for transfer out of Gitmo were involved in the 9/11 attacks, according to Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Earlier this year, a detainee transferred to Uruguay in 2014 went missing. It is rumored that Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab, an Al Qaeda operative, traveled to Syria to rejoin his old cohorts, but other officials are concerned the Syrian national may still be in South America and could be plotting an attack in Brazil during the Olympics.
In recent months, Republicans on Capitol Hill have put forth legislation to prevent the transfer of the remaining detainees.
Activist Post is reporting on a fairly new Pentagon strategy to relocate prisoners from Guantanamo, the agency is proposing that the prison be moved to a military base in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to Department of Defense spokesperson, Gary Ross, the base in Charleston will be inspected this week to see if it is suitable as a replacement.
“These site surveys are necessary to determine potential locations for detaining a limited number of individuals in the United States and to assess the costs associated with doing so. Prudent planning and site visits are necessary in order to assess all potential locations and costs associated with any potential options,” Ross told the Associated Press in an emailed statement.
If the Charleston location is not chosen then there are other possibilities that are also being considered, including Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. However, many states have been resistant to the plan, with the governor of Kansas recently threatening to sue Obama if detainees from the infamous prison are brought to his state.