The Biden administration has said it plans to close the Guantanamo prison
, where several detainees were tortured
, by the end of President Joe Biden’s first term
. A Moroccan man held in the prison for nearly
20 years was moved from the prison to Morocco in July
, which was first transfer of a detainee under the administration
The trial has been plagued with issues since and before the five were arraigned at Guantanamo Bay in 2012 under the Obama administration. The US military charged Mohammed in 2008, but former President Barack Obama stopped the case as part of his effort to close the Guantanamo detention center.
The Obama administration created a military commission to handle the case instead and initially wanted the five detainees to be tried in the United States. After the administration faced a political backlash for that choice, the Obama administration decided to move forward with trying the five detainees in Guantanamo, arraigning them in 2012.
Ya que 2012, the case has been in a series of pre-trial hearings and litigation, moving slowly through issues that need to be resolved before it can go to trial.
Outstanding issues include what evidence the prosecution, the US government, will allow the defense to have access to and whether or not information from FBI interrogations carried out after the detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2007 is admissible at trial.
The defense argues those interrogations are tainted by torture that occurred at undisclosed locations, conocido como “black sites,” before the detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay and does not believe they should be allowed to be entered as evidence.
The Bush administration transferred 14 detainees, including the five in this case, who were held at undisclosed locations, or black sites, by the Central Intelligence Agency to Guantanamo Bay in 2006. President George W. Bush announced the transfer in a speech at the White House on September 6, 2006, fifteen years ago.
In the speech, Bush dijo, “The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it, and I will not authorize it.”
This speech was the first public acknowledgement of the CIA program, where detainees were brutally tortured. The program was approved by the Bush Administration in the aftermath of the 9/11 ataques, as counterterrorism officials tried to obtain information about possible future attacks. The Bush administration maintained the treatment was not torture, calling it instead “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
All five detainees in this case were severely tortured