Biden wants to close Guantanamo Bay prison, where terror suspects are held, before the end of the presidency, to repeat commitments from the Obama era.
Asked at a news conference on Feb. 11 about the possible closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison during the presidency of President Joe Biden, White House spokesman Jen Psaki said: “It is definitely their goal and intention. I”.
Psaki said the administration is working through the National Security Council to “assess the current operating state”. “We have inherited it from the previous administration,” says Psaki.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump expressed his willingness to keep Guantanamo prison active and “fill it with bad guys”. Trump maintained this stance after being elected.
Under President Barack Obama, some of the detainees were promised to be released from Guantanamo, but he never reached a compromise with Congress. Biden used to be Obama’s vice president.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, US troops under the leadership of President George W. Bush quickly built a prison in Guatanamo Bay on a US naval base in the easternmost part of Cuba. This was a small area of Cuba ceded to America in 1903 to thank its neighbor for helping them in the war against the Spanish.
Prisoners detained there include Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani, who claims to be the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Currently about 40 people are detained here, of which 26 are considered too dangerous to be released, but the legal process for these prisoners has been lengthened due to the complexity of their cases.
The Biden administration planned to give Covid-19 a vaccine to prisoners in Guatanamo last month, but later canceled the plan due to fierce opposition from Republicans.
Huyen Le (According to the AFP)