President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser said Thursday that the administration had not abandoned its pledge to close down Guantanamo Bay and announced that no new prisoners would be sent to the controversial detention facility.
“We’re not going to bring people to Guantanamo,” Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan told reporters, according to Politico. “It’s this administration’s policy to close Guantanamo and, despite some congressional hurdles that have been put in our path, we’re going to continue to pursue that.”
Obama halted military commissions in January 2009 and called for some terrorism suspects to face trial in federal civilian courts, but Congress blocked the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States.
Brennan said Thursday that any captured terrorism suspect would face civilian criminal prosecution. If that was not feasible, the suspect could be brought to the United States to face trial by a military commission.
“I certainly have not heard anybody exclude inside the U.S. for such a commission proceeding,” he added.
They said requiring the State Department to share that information with Congress could “have a significant adverse impact on the willingness of foreign partners, who often expressly request this information not be disseminated, to communicate frankly on these matters.”
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