With only months left in this presidency, the Obama administration is looking at ways to reduce the number of prisoners being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. They are doing this because it now seems very unlikely that the president will be able to close the center completely – something he has wanted to do since he took office.
In order to release as many prisoners as possible, the administration is considering some novel strategies, including allowing some prisoners to take plea deals via video, rather than in a military courtroom setting. They are also considering allowing some prisoners to be relocated to other countries where they will stand trial.
Closing the Cuban base has been on Obama’s mind since he promised to do it during his campaign. Since then, he has faced a myriad of problems in making that promise a reality. Just a few of the issues he has faced include: stiff opposition from Congress, legal issues about plea deals, and a host of legal issues concerning moving prisoners to other sites, including to the US.
While the President and his administration may want to do more, Congress has dug in with its opposition to anything that the President wants in terms of moving prisoners. Soon, Congress will (experts say) extend the ban on moving prisoners into the US proper. If this happens, President Obama will not have time to accomplish this goal before he leaves office.
Since the President cannot move detainees onto US soil, he will try to move more and more onto other country’s soil. As of June 2016, there are about 80 prisoners being held at the center. Of those, 30 have already been slated for relocation to other countries. Those to be relocated will be leaving the center in June and July. As the number of detainees shrinks, Obama hopes Congress will see that keeping the center open is simply too expensive for such a small number of prisoners.
The US started using Guantanamo for terror suspects in January of 2002; at its peak, the detention center held an estimated 680 prisoners.
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