WASHINGTON — A once-secret unit throughout the Guantanamo Bay detention heart that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to a different facility on the American base in Cuba, the U.S. navy stated Sunday.
The prisoners at Camp 7 had been transferred to a facility adjoining to the place the opposite detainees on the bottom are held as a part of what U.S. Southern Command stated in an announcement was an effort to “enhance operational effectivity and effectiveness.”
Miami-based Southern Command, which oversees the detention heart on the southeastern fringe of Cuba, didn’t say what number of prisoners had been moved. Officers have beforehand stated about 14 males had been held in Camp 7. There are 40 prisoners at Guantanamo.
Southern Command stated the Camp 7 prisoners had been moved to Camp 5 “safely and with out incident,” however didn’t say when the switch occurred. Camp 5, which was largely empty, is subsequent to Camp 6, the place the opposite detainees are held.
Camp 7 opened in December 2006 for prisoners beforehand held in a community of clandestine CIA detention services, also known as “black websites,” the place they had been subjected to brutal interrogation methods. The navy ran it underneath an settlement with CIA, and Southern Command stated intelligence businesses had been concerned with the switch.
The navy lengthy refused to even acknowledge the placement of Camp 7 on the bottom and has by no means allowed journalists to see the within of the ability. Officers had stated that unit, which was by no means designed to be everlasting, had structural points and wanted to get replaced, however the Pentagon dropped plans to hunt cash for the development.
Amongst these held at Camp 7 had been the 5 prisoners charged with conflict crimes for his or her alleged roles planning and offering logistical assist for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults.
President Joe Biden has stated he intends to shut Guantanamo, however that might require approval from Congress to maneuver some prisoners to the U.S. for trial or imprisonment.