The Biden administration announced Monday it is looking at “all available avenues” to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. 

“Our goal is to close Guantanamo Bay, I don’t have a timetable for you. As you know, there is a process, the are different layers of the process, but that remains our goal and we are considering all available avenues to responsibly transfer detainees and of course close Guantanamo Bay,” Psaki said.

Psaki noted President Biden cannot close Guantanamo Bay on his own and will require notifications and consultations with Congress. 

 

 

Her comments came after Joe Biden transferred his first prisoner out of Guantanamo Bay, driving the number of inmates down to 39.

U.S. officials announced Monday that Abdul Latif Nasir, 56, would be repatriated to Morocco as he was no longer deemed a threat to national security by The Periodic Review Board in 2016. 

A leaked Pentagon memo in October 2008 alleged that Nasir was “searching for the perfect Islamic society” when he had traveled to Sudan and Afghanistan, where he was trained by Al-Qaeda as an explosives expert. He was reported captured in December of 2001 on the Afghan-Pakistani border, just two months after the war on terror began. 

 

 

Since the prison opened in 2002, Guantanamo Bay had created a lot of controversies as the government would use the Cuban prison to detain 800 prisoners without a trial and subjected many of them to torture. 

The Obama administration had plans to close the camp in 2016, but former president Donald Trump decided to keep the prison open during his term. Biden has since promised to revamp the efforts that will close the prison.

One senior official reiterated the president’s intentions: “The Biden administration remains dedicated to a deliberate and thorough process focused on responsibly reducing the detainee population and ultimately closing the Guantanamo facility.” the official said.

Out of the 39 remaining inmates, 10 of them are eligible for transfer, 17 of them for a Periodic Review Board, 10 more are involved in the military commissions’ process and two have been convicted.