Down to just 40 inmates, the future of Guantanamo Bay could change under a Biden administration.
While once front and center of U.S. election campaigns, the politically noxious topic of the 19-year-old Guantanamo Bay prison has made little dent on this year’s election cycle.
Yet it still remains open, sparsely populated by alleged terrorists at a high cost to the American taxpayer. And even with the protracted war in Afghanistan winding down as part of a controversial “peace deal” with the Taliban, experts remain skeptical that Gitmo too will be brought to an end.
“The prison holds the most violent people on the planet, and they have become worse since they have been there. If you close it, where are you going to put the prisoners? You can’t bring them back to the U.S. because (then) they are entitled to due process rights,” Kelly Hyman, a political strategist and federal trial attorney told Fox News. “So what do you do with them? You have no foreign country that will take them. Everyone wants to get rid of them, including Trump, but we can’t.”
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WNU Editor: What a difference 12 years make. Presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2007 promised to close Guantanamo Bay Prison …. Obama’s Failed Promise to Close Gitmo: A Timeline (The Atlantic), and what was going to happen to Guantanamo was a huge news story. In this election cycle, Guantanamo Bay Prison is not even mentioned.