White House official said Friday Joe Biden management has launched a formal analysis of the prospect of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the notorious facility.
Aides involved in internal debates consider an executive deed to be signed by President Biden in coming weeks, indicating a new effort to remove what human rights advocates have called a stain on U.S.’ global image.
Jen Psaki told reporters that is their goal and intention when asked Biden would shut the high-security Guantanamo Naval Station prison by the time his presidency ends.
However, such an initiative is improbable to bring down the curtain anytime on the high-security prison, due mainly to the steep political and legal complications that the new government will face. Set up to hold culprits following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the offshore jail came to symbolize the excesses of America’s ‘war on terror’ because of harsh interrogation approaches that criticizers related to torture.
Emily Horne, the NSC spokeswoman, told Reuters they are undertaking an NSC process to assess the present state of play that the Biden government inherited from the previous government, in line with their broader goal of closing Guantanamo.
She added NSC would work closely with the DoD, justice, and state to make progress toward closing the GTMO facility.
The direct impact of a new approach could be to reinstate the Guantanamo closure policy of Obama, which Trump revealed when he took office in 2017.
Trump kept the prison open during his tenure, though he never loaded it up with bad dudes. Now, forty prisoners remained uncharged, however, most of them held for a decade.
During the 2020 campaign, Biden said he continued to support closing the detention center but didn’t say how he would do it.
Human Rights Organizations signed Feb.2 letter to Joe Biden Calling on Him to Close the Prison
As Guantanamo grapples with the epidemic, economic fallout, and other challenges, the Biden government has not made it a top priority. On the contrary, Obama made Guantanamo closure one of its prioritized executive actions in 2009. However, Mr. Obama failed to achieve that goal by the end of his second tenure.
The progressive Democrats, whose support helped winning the White House in November, demanded the closure of the facility for a long time.
The prison’s extended existence, critics say, is a reminder to the world of harsh detention practices that opened America to accusations of torture. It’s also a stark illustration of how racist-fueled suspicion of Black and brown men is causing the disproportionate monitoring and fear of acts of terrorism.
Above hundred human rights organizations signed a February 2 letter to Biden calling on him to close the prison and end the indefinite detention of suspects held there. Biden said it was long past time for a meaningful reckoning with the full scope of damage that the post-9/11 approach caused.
The letter states Guantanamo continues to cause escalating and profound damage to the men who still languish there, and the approach it exemplifies continues to fuel and justify bigotry, stereotyping, and stigma. Guantanamo entrenches racial divisions and racism more broadly and risks facilitating extra rights violations.
Military commissions convicted nine of the total remaining prisoners. The most notorious one is the accused September 11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. And authorities didn’t charge twenty-four but considered dangerous to release them.
Previously, the government panel cleared six convicts for release, yet remain jailed with no measures for transfer.