SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A general previously based in South Korea took command Monday of the U.S. military's mission overseeing the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller took over from Army Maj. Gen. Michael Dunlavey, who was ending his tour at the base in Cuba, the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command said.
Miller leads a task force overseeing the detention of about 625 detainees suspected of links to Afghanistan's fallen Taliban regime or the Al Qaeda terrorist network.
The operation has been criticized by human rights groups because detainees are held without charges and are not allowed access to lawyers. The captives began arriving at Guantanamo in January.
A week ago, four detainees — including three Afghans and a Pakistani — were released. Military officials said they no longer posed a threat.
Miller had been assistant chief of staff at the U.N. Command in Seoul, South Korea.
Dunlavey was originally assigned to oversee interrogations, but in October took over detention operations when the units were streamlined.
On his departure, Dunlavey received the Defense Superior Service Medal for services to his country. He will return to his previous assignment as assistant to the director at the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.