Biden administration is reviewing a shutdown of Guantanamo prison,
IslamNews – The Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the controversial facility, a White House official said on Friday.
Two sources familiar with the matter said that the aides participating in the internal discussions are considering an executive procedure to be signed by the president in the coming weeks or months, in a sign of a new effort to remove what human rights defenders describe as a stain attached to America’s image in the world.
“We are undertaking an NSC process to assess the current state of play that the Biden administration has inherited from the previous administration, in line with our broader goal of closing Guantanamo,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Reuters.
Set up to house foreign suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, the offshore jail came to symbolize the excesses of the U.S. “war on terror” because of harsh interrogation methods that critics say amounted to torture.