Biden administration nears closure of Guantanamo

Biden administration takes steps to close Guantanamo Bay prison, The Wall Street Journal reports.

For the first time, the administration has appointed a senior diplomat to oversee the transfer of detainees. The WSJ also reports that the government “has signaled that it will not interfere in plea negotiations that could solve the protracted problem Prosecution of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants.”

Biden has long said his intention to close the facility that housed prisoners captured as part of the global war on terrorism.

The prison – officially known as the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp – was established in 2002 by the George W. Bush administration after the September 11 attacks. Since then, about 780 inmates have been held in the prison in Cuba. Currently 36 prisoners remain The New York Times.

Almost since it opened, the prison has been a source of controversybecause of his condition and the treatment of the prisoners there.

“Since the Bush administration, there has been a consensus among national security experts and across the political spectrum that Guantanamo prison — a notorious site of torture and unjustified indefinite detention — should be closed.” said Daphne Eviatar, director of the Security with Human Rights program at Amnesty International USA.

During his time in the White House, President Obama called for closing the prison. Congress pushed back and responded to Obama’s efforts in 2010 by enacting a ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States

The debate over closing the prison remains politically tense. “The government does not want to appear to be anti-terrorism and is waiting for a political consensus,” said Harvey Rishikof, a law professor who helped draft a law last report upon closure of the facility.

According to the report, the Guantanamo Bay prison costs $540 million a year to operate. That’s $15 million per inmate, compared to about $78,000 a year for an inmate at the US maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ too reports that the Pentagon is pushing ahead with the construction of a third courtroom in Guantánamo Bay for $4 million, although no further trials are expected there.

“Of course, if this were easy, four presidents, 20 years, we would have figured that out,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said. said a Senate committee in December. Biden administration nears closure of Guantanamo

Laura Coffey

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