Biden administration moves forward with plans to close Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Feb 13th, 2021 11:34 am
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Last Updated Feb 15th, 2021 at 3:11 pm

The Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which houses notorious terrorists suspected of planning the 9/11 attacks, is under review by the National Security Council "in line with our broader goal of closing Guantanamo," NSC spokesperson Emily Horne said on Friday.

"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," Horne said.

"There will be a robust interagency process to move forward on this, but we need to have the right people seated to do this important work."

Several security agencies, including the Defense Department, the State Department, and the Justice Department, will be involved in the process. The NSC will also work "in close consultation with Congress," Horne said.

A Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay official said the guards will continue their same routine until "direction from higher to change that mission" is handed down.

"It has to be an actual written document that's proofed and agreed upon and move forward," the official said. "There has to be a lot of work put into making the changes that are possibly desired by this administration."

🔦 When Biden was vice president, then-President Barack Obama said his administration was going "to close Guantanamo Bay."


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