UPDATED 10:12 AM PT – Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Joe Biden is making the same empty promise as the Democrats who came before him as he seeks to close Guantanamo Bay. During a briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the pending closure following the Biden administration’s first transfer of a detainee from the military prison back to the Moroccan government.
“There are 39 detainees who remain at Guantanamo Bay,” she stated. “Ten are eligible for transfer, 17 are eligible for a Periodic Review Board, 10 are involved in the military commissions process and two detainees have been convicted.”
However, what Psaki failed to explain was that these 39 remaining terrorists include at least five men charged with planning and providing logistical support for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, she doubled down on the White House’s plans to close the military prison, but failed to lay out a clear plan of when these terrorists will be released or where the U.S. plans to house them.
The promise of closing Guantanamo Bay has been a talking point of Democrat lawmakers for years, however, they often fail to mention how they will safely relocate terrorists that are still deadset on killing Americans.
The U.S. successfully transferred former GTMO detainee Abdul Latif Nasir to his native country of Morocco. We are grateful to the Kingdom of Morocco for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. https://t.co/ODHfhbxYMT
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) July 19, 2021
Even former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who served under both George W. Bush as well as Barack Obama and supported closing the military prison, admitted in 2007 that “the biggest challenge is finding a basis for holding prisoners who should never be released.”
This challenge is why President Trump signed an executive order in January of 2018 to keep the prison open and argued that harboring political prisoners on U.S. soil would pose a safety threat to Americans. Critics have warned robbing the U.S. of its ability to house and interrogate suspected terrorists could crush the nation’s ability to prosecute the global war on terrorism.