Biden Wants To Shut Down Gitmo

FILE - In this photo, reviewed by a US Department of Defense official, detainees stand together at a fence, one holding Islamic prayer beads, at Camp Delta prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. A 74-year-old from Pakistan who was the oldest prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center was released and returned to Pakistan on Saturday,  the foreign ministry in Islamabad said Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

At a glance

  • Joe Biden vowed to shut down the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay when he was running for president.
  • Two years into his presidency, however, the facility is still open, and even as he tries to shutter it, news of his administration’s push for plea deals with the 9/11 plotters suggest the prison could be here to stay and demonstrate the fraught political minefield he is attempting to walk across.
  • Pretrial hearings for the yet-to-start trial have been repeatedly canceled as the Biden administration seeks to strike a deal with the al Qaeda members. Negotiations between the prosecutors and defense attorneys, which began in March 2022, could reportedly result in plea deals in which capital punishment would not be a possible punishment for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants.

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