Pressed to remove ‘stain’ on US human rights record, Biden renews push to close Guantanamo | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Pressed to remove ‘stain’ on US human rights record, Biden renews push to close Guantanamo

The White House has announced that President Joe Biden intends to shut down the notorious US military prison at Guantanamo Bay by the time he leaves office, a tall task that the Obama administration failed to achieve nearly a decade ago.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that it was the “intention” of the Biden administration to shutter the offshore prison, which was set up in January 2002 to hold people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Psaki gave no timeline for the planned closure, telling reporters that officials from the Department of Defense, the Justice Department and other agencies would conduct a “robust” review of the facility.

The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, also known as “Gitmo,” became synonymous with prisoner abuse by the United States in the early years of the so-called war on terror, because of harsh “interrogation methods” that human rights advocates say amounted to torture.

The administration of former President George W. Bush had selected Guantanamo, a desolate place near the eastern tip of Cuba, because it was under full control of the US military and relatively close to the mainland, but beyond the reach of American courts.

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