According to the publication, a senior diplomat has been hired to supervise detainee transfers from the jail facility.
According to a Saturday Wall Street Journal report, the US government has subtly intensified efforts to dismantle the jail facility at the Cuban naval base of Guantanamo Bay.
Although it was one of President Joe Biden’s campaign pledges, the White House avoided political controversy by keeping quiet on the subject during his first year in office, insiders told the publication.
However, according to the persons acquainted with the situation, Washington is reportedly getting closer to closing the prison, which was established in 2002 to house foreign terrorists apprehended abroad.
According to the WSJ, a senior diplomat has been chosen for the first time to supervise the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. According to reports, Tina Kaidanow, a former ambassador-at-large for counterterrorism, was chosen to fill the position of special representative.
The State Department official informed the WSJ that it was unsuccessful in reaching Kaidanow for comment.
The Wall Street Journal said that the Biden administration has also indicated that it won’t intervene with plea bargains that might end the ongoing prosecution of claimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other co-defendants.
Mohammed is one of the 36 prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay right now. Over the past 20 years, the notorious prison has kept about 800 individuals, frequently without accusation or trial. It hadn’t welcomed a new prisoner since 2008.
Barack Obama, who appointed Biden as his vice president, was the one who first promised to abolish Guantanamo Bay.
The US Department of Defense reportedly began a $4 million project to construct a new courtroom at the facility back in December, according to a report.
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