Biden Administration Is Ending Guantanamo

( President Joe Biden has launched a review of Guantanamo prison with a view to ending the operation before he leaves office…whether that’s in four years or next month.

Reuters reported on Friday that Biden’s aides have launched a formal review of the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba – a policy initially pushed by the Obama administration, and which the former president never actually followed through on. The White House confirmed the decision on Friday.

Aides involved with the discussions are reportedly considering using an executive action – Joe Biden’s governance of choice – to begin closing down the prison within the next few months. Two people close to the discussions told Reuters that the president believes the prison violates human rights and agrees with campaigners who call it a “stain” on America’s global reputation.

White House Press Secretary told reporters that it is their “goal” and “intention” to close down the Guantanamo Naval Station, but didn’t provide any further information on when it would happen or what it would be replaced with.

And while President Biden might turn to executive orders to implement extremist policies that Congress would never support, this is one measure that might be more difficult than he thinks. Biden is likely to face all the same obstacles that former President Barack Obama did, including Congressional and legal obstacles that might stop him from making the decision unilaterally.

Given that Guantanamo Bay is designed to hold some of the most dangerous criminals in the world, including foreign suspects believed to be connected to the September 11 attacks in New York City, President Biden would need to find an alternative way of protecting the American people before closing down the operation.

National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told the press that they 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.”

She said that the NSC would be working closely with the Departments of Justice, State, and Defense, to make progress on the plans.

It remains unclear precisely what President Biden intends to replace Guantanamo Bay with, and what he intends to do with the dangerous extremists currently locked up there.