Saturday, July 24, 2021

White House Considering 'all available avenues' to Close Guantanamo Bay; Afghan Evacuees to be Housed at Virginia Base; WH Transfers Its First Gitmo Detainee To Morocco, and related stories

White House considering 'all available avenues' to close Guantanamo Bay:
The White House is considering “all available avenues” to transfer prisoners and close the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.
“Our goal is to close Guantanamo Bay,” Psaki said at a briefing. “I don’t have a timeline for you. As you know, there’s a process, there 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.”
Her comments came the same day that the Biden administration announced its first transfer of a detainee from the military prison, whittling the number of remaining prisoners down to 39.
U.S. officials announced Monday that Abdul Latif Nasir, 56, would be repatriated to Morocco. The Periodic Review Board decided in 2016 that Nasir’s detention was no longer necessary to protect U.S. national security. Psaki noted Monday that Nasir started moving through the process under the Obama administration but that his case was paused under former President Trump, who was determined to keep the prison open. --->READ MORE HERE
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Overnight Defense: Afghan evacuees to be housed at Virginia base | Biden looks to empty Gitmo:
THE TOPLINE: The Biden administration plans to send the first group of Afghans - who are being evacuated amid threats to their lives for helping U.S. troops during the war - to a military base in Virginia, a congressional aide notified about the plans confirmed Monday.
Spokespeople for the State and Defense departments later also announced the plans to send the first group of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants to Fort Lee, Va.
"These are brave Afghans and their families, as we have said, whose service to the United States has been certified by the embassy in Kabul, and who have completed thorough SIV security vetting processes," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said at a news briefing. "They will be provided temporary housing and services as they complete the final steps in the special immigrant process."
The plan: --->READ MORE HERE
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